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?More
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
If you're an admin of a Facebook page, you may feel like you're bombarded with prompts from Facebook to boost your post. Usually Facebook will say your reach will grow with just $10, but do you really know what you're paying for?
If you're thinking about putting money behind a Facebook post, here are three tips to keep in mind.MORE
Is it OK to write a really long story? The key is quality. If a story is on an interesting topic and reads smoothly, people will stick with it, even on their phones. Try these two ideas to keep your readers engaged on their phones as they read your next long-form piece of journalism.MORE
Is it OK to write a really long story? The key is quality. If a story is on an interesting topic and reads smoothly, people will stick with it, even on their phones. Try these two ideas to keep your readers engaged on their phones as they read your next long-form piece of journalism.More
Gone are the days when newspapers have the same headline online as they do in print, as what works online is often different than what works in print. The same applies to social media. There are some newspapers that get it, including many in GateHouse Media, so here are some great examples of posts that performed well on Facebook.More
Hookem.com is the digital solution to unworkable print deadlines. In the Texas Longhorn's hometown, the Austin American-Stateman went much further than most papers to work around the deadline issue, activating a separate, dormant URL and turning it into all-Longhorns, all-the-time www.hookem.com.More