Let's face it: If you have a "new kid" doing design on your staff ... well, you'll have some design mistakes in your paper from time to time.
It takes a while – perhaps months – for the design rookie to learn what works and what doesn't. And during that time, he'll do some things that may make you cringe. It's OK – as long as you work with him to make sure he doesn't repeat them.
Here are "Top 10" mistakes you can watch for – and correct:More
How do you tell if your "designer" really is a designer? Here are some of the things I'd look for.MORE
Readers want a newspaper that looks right ... and feels right. They want the look and feel of their paper to reflect their community.
But what they want most of all is for their newspaper to work right for them.MORE
As Republicans head to the polls today for the nationally watched runoff election between U.S. Senate candidates Luther Strange and Roy Moore, PolitiFact has focused its Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking forces on Alabama.
But its mission isn't only about sorting out who's telling the truth and who isn't in the primary contest to replace Jeff Sessions, now U.S. attorney general. PolitiFact is researching what people think about the organization itself and other news media outlets in some of the politically reddest places in the country: Mobile, Ala.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Charleston, W.Va. The goal is to improve credibility all around.MORE
During the past few years, I've used quotes about newspapers to lead off my weekly blog updates. Those of you who follow the blog will recognize some of these. Those of you who don't ... well, here's what some people say about who we are and what we do!MORE
I suggested then that those critiques be done every quarter ... at least every six months.
In that column, I offered a laundry list of those elements that need to be reviewed during the critiques. This column focuses on how to conduct the critiques. How do they work? Who's in charge? MORE
Cox Media Group is launching a new weekly digital ePaper section today that will be available to subscribers of CMG's seven daily newspapers. The Education Extra will provide readers with key insights and trends to stay informed on local and national school issues.MORE
Public records are the foundation for reporting a range of stories important to your readers.
Readers often ask why newspapers stand firm on access to and publication of these records. It's much like the proverbial "if you give an inch, they'll take a mile."MORE
The GateHouse Media Center for News & Design is offering a ready-to-use paginated page that it says has everything your readers need and want to know about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.MORE
The Associated Press All-America team, the longest-running annual honor roll of the nation's top college football players, will begin its 92nd year with its first preseason edition on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The preseason edition of the AP Top 25 football poll, entering its 82nd year, will be released a day earlier on Monday, Aug. 21.MORE
More Content Now has announced a redesign of its website, MoreContentNow.com, and more purchasing options than ever before.
Because GateHouse Media is a Strategic Partner of SNPA, all SNPA members receive an additional 15 percent discount on this offer.MORE
I suggest a design critique every quarter ... at least every six months. Go longer than that and you risk an erosion of your design style.More
Can a strong editorial voice become the center of a new local business model?
Yes, it can.
It's happening right now in Jacksonville, Fla., where Mark Nusbaum, publisher of The Florida Times-Union, has launched a new magazine with the mission of reviving the flagging downtown.
This is local advocacy journalism of a high order – an extension of The Times-Union's editorial page. And Mark and company have crafted a unique business model around it by recruiting 20 leaders of key institutions as premier partners/sponsors in support of the crusade.
Read this article for the details.More
Although it is widely known that the journalism world is finding more and more new ways to deliver news, Stephen Thornton still sees photography as an irreplaceable outlet for telling stories. Thornton is a two-time SNPA Photo/Video Contest Grand Prize winner and a former photographer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock.
Deadline for entries is June 24.
"I still think the still image is the most powerful tool to convey emotions and a pure moment in time," Thornton says.More