To spin an old adage, two things in life are certain: Taxes and the fact that people will wait until deadline to do their taxes. Readers need tax information now, and here's how to satisfy them.MORE
Newsrooms can no longer afford to distribute poorly curated newsletters. Yet executives from many modern newsrooms say they lack the financial and staff capacity to do otherwise. Crosscut Public Media, in partnership with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, will soon be releasing a new, free tool for newsrooms and newsletter curators to begin addressing this challenge.MORE
The State in Columbia, S.C., has just gone old school. At the beginning of July, The State began printing free announcements of engagements, weddings, anniversaries and debutantes. And, the publisher is reporting phenomenal response. "Readers love it."
The service is cross-promoted on social media and with The State's Carolina Brides magazine.MORE
Fourteen separate blogs for each of the contested legislative races in this newspaper's readership area are helping General Assembly candidates communicate directly with voters – and it's all open to public comments.MORE
For the next several months, the award-winning journalism team of NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune will chronicle the challenges and opportunities the region faces, and the competing visions and common ground of those who have a stake in its success. Also, for every week through the rest of 2015, they will ask authors, educators, leaders and entrepreneurs to comment on their vision for the city and what gives it world-class status.MORE
You know you want to peek! Closet Confidential features one local person from Galveston -- and her closet -- each month. A few times, that person has been a man; then, the feature changes to "Sharp-dressed Man."MORE
Insider blogs by citizen journalists are generating attention for The Dallas Morning News. More than 20 percent of posts have at least 100 social media shares, and one post exemplified the potential of the online communities, receiving more than 1,100 shares, nearly 3,000 likes and hundreds of comments from users as far away as Egypt.MORE
This free, easy-to-use tool was built for newsrooms and freelancers to begin addressing the challenges of newsletter curation. As it stands, newsrooms no longer have the time nor the resources to maintain unfocused newsletter programs that don’t achieve their goals. Opt In is an online tool that gives news organizations, freelancers and regular people the ability to build an e-newsletter strategy from scratch, or create a plan to improve upon an existing one.MORE
"People are the life, the driving force of every community," says Rick Kennedy, regional editor of The Hope (Ark.) Star. The paper highlighted 20 individuals who are moving their community forward and making improvements in the lives of others in a special "20 under 50" section published Saturday, June 3.
Hope Star readers were asked to participate by nominating people under the age of 50 who are making big contributions in Hempstead County.
Click the link below to view the special section.MORE
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune's recently published “What happened to Mason?” is a seven-part narrative by Chris Anderson on the mystery behind a missing solider. In addition to superb storytelling, the newsroom devoted a great deal of effort to the visuals.
Jennifer Borresen, the newspaper's projects visualization editor, explained the importance of telling stories visually in high-end projects and the lessons she learned from the creation process.MORE
Even a successful publication needs retooling now and then, and that's what's happening with her™, a magazine published by the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa.
Currently, her™ is inserted into the newspaper eight times a year and specialized issues are published separately twice a year. The magazine is also placed in 300 high-traffic areas such as restaurants, health clubs, spas and office waiting rooms.More
With the aid of three FOIA veterans, GateHouse Media's professional development series recently revealed six things journalists should keep in mind when requesting public records in order to make their requests more effective and less likely to be held up or denied.More
Lessons learned include planning ahead, early promotion and keeping batteries charged.More