What does Facebook’s friends and family algorithm change mean for your site’s content? 7/25/16

By Penny Riordan, director of digital content partnerships, GateHouse Media
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For anyone who has been following Facebook's news feed algorithm changes over the years, it seems like with every change announced, publishers collectively hold their breath waiting for their traffic to drop off a cliff. So far publishers have not seen a significant change in Facebook referrals, especially if they post quality content. So what exactly is quality content, and if you're managing a Facebook page, how do you combat this algorithm change to make sure your fan pages see your post?

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Rethink your digital budget with these 3 tips 7/25/16

By Lizzie Jespersen, content initiatives coordinator, GateHouse Media
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It's time for newsrooms to restructure their planning processes with digital at the forefront so that news is ready for readers when – and where – they want it. Rethinking entrenched newsroom processes can be daunting, though.

Recently, GateHouse Media News & Interactive held a training to help newsroom leaders figure out where to begin. Read on for three of our favorite pieces of advice from the training, or download the whole presentation here.

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Gotta catch all these Pokemon Go story ideas 7/18/16

By John Crouch, social media coordinator, GateHouse Media's Center for News & Design
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The amount of attention Pokemon Go is receiving on the national level is undeniable. Here's a look across GateHouse Media for ideas on how newsrooms are covering the latest digital craze.

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Destin's destination website 7/12/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent
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Destin.com is for visitors and locals alike. And, the site's connection to the Northwest Florida Daily News puts it above all other coastal tourism-oriented websites.

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Accessible number-crunching 6/28/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent
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Issuing bonds is one of the most important functions of state and local governments, and one of the most boring subjects in newspaper reporting. Start explaining how much money is involved, what it will be used for, how it's structured, why it's needed and whether there's a vote involved, and pretty soon the reporter has hit 30 inches and an editor is wondering why. Check out the Gaston Gazette's interactive approach that won an award in a recent GateHouse Media contest.

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Cover live events and breaking news with ScribbleLive 6/27/16

By John Crouch, social media coordinator, GateHouse Media's Center for News & Design
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A digital tool used by many GateHouse Media newsrooms to cover live events or breaking news events is ScribbleLive, which is a content marketing platform that lends itself to live blogging and can provide automated updates from social media posts. Here's how five GateHouse Media newsrooms are using ScribbleLive.

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How the Gaston Gazette goes for visual appeal 6/21/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent
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The increasing popularity of craft beers and home brewing aren't new stories, nor are boilerplate write-ups about bond issues. At the Gaston Gazette in North Carolina, however, such everyday topics have been turned into award-winning innovative ventures through digital journalism.

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Freshen up July Fourth coverage with these interactive tools 6/21/16

By Lizzie Jespersen, content initiatives coordinator, GateHouse Media
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How will your newsroom cover July Fourth festivities this year? If your answer is limited to a print event preview, photo gallery or a quick video of the local parade, I challenge you to get creative and add something new to your coverage. Here are some interactive coverage ideas to get you started.

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Explore the Galápagos Islands through 360-degree video 5/31/16

By WashPostPR
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The Washington Post has launched a 360-degree video experience of the Galápagos Islands in which readers can fully explore the relatively unknown volcanic archipelago. Reported by Washington Post travel writer Andrea Sachs, the project combines narrative with a dynamic presentation of mixed media including six engaging video stories captured with 360-degree cameras of the island and its surrounding reefs.

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8 tips for establishing your brand of journalism on Periscope 3/7/16

By Lizzie Jespersen, content initiatives coordinator, GateHouse Media
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Reporters can set themselves apart on platforms like Periscope by not just creating brand recognition for their newsrooms, but by treating themselves as a brand. Here are some best practices to keep in mind.

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