A recent survey of more than 100 journalists shows that journalists are more satisfied and find their work more meaningful and significant when they practice audience engagement as part of their job. Unlike other tasks that have been piled onto journalists that might contribute to burnout, audience engagement has the ability to actually rekindle the flames that keep journalists going.More
My hometown newspaper instituted a new policy requiring that readers "pay" for the First Amendment right to express, and explain why, who or what they support or oppose at the voting booth.
The newspaper is sadly is not the first and won't be the last to begin charging readers for election endorsement letters. As a former editor, I appreciate the arguments presented for enacting the policy. It's still disappointing, and I respectfully disagree.MORE
I'm a friendly guy. Most people who know me genuinely like me ... and I like them.
I can be a strong friend. I can stand by you when you need me to. I can help you when you've got a problem. I can just be there by your side when you need support.
But ... I can also choose to not be your friend if I think it matters.
So, let me get this out there briefly and clearly: I am not a friend of writers ... or designers.MORE
When 5-year-old Noah Thomas disappeared in rural Pulaski County, Va., in 2015, a massive search ensued, accompanied by intensive news coverage. Four days later the body of the child was found in a septic tank with an unsecured lid, 10 feet away from the basketball hoop outside his home.
The boy's mother, Ashley White, said she was taking a nap and Noah was gone when she woke up. The home situation was less than ideal, and instead of community sympathy for her loss, White was the object of a backlash of condemnation fueled by gossip, rumor and social media.
"She didn't grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth," said Lee Wolverton, managing editor of The Roanoke Times. "She struggled like a lot of people in that area have. People are pretty quick to judge people like her."
By the time she was convicted of child abuse leading to an injury as well as two lesser charges of neglect, White had been in jail for more than a year. Released on time served, she appealed the main conviction. It was overturned by an appeals court and the Virginia Supreme Court allowed that ruling to stand.
This spring The Roanoke Times released a multi-part podcast, simply called "Septic," that told the story with a focus on the mother. Much of it is audio based in large part on courtroom recordings that were released to the newspaper. It also includes recorded interviews, photos, documents and some video.MORE
By Kat Duncan, Senior Video Editor, RJI
Infographic building is a skill that some of us just don't have. If you have the time, you could learn to use Adobe After Effects or if you have the budget, hire someone who is a pro. But if you're like us and had to dive in with no experience, here are a few tools that can help you create professional looking infographics.MORE
By Madeleine Bair, 2018-19 Reynolds Fellow
Where do you get news and information that's relevant to you?
That's what El Tímpano asked hundreds of Latino immigrants in Oakland, Calif., during an information needs assessment we conducted throughout the past year. We also asked community organizers, educators and church leaders how they share information with the residents, parents and congregants they work with.
Before piloting a reporting outlet to serve Oakland's Spanish-speaking immigrants, we wanted to hear from them first, rather than making any assumptions about what would be the best format to report about, with, and for this community. What we found, outlined in a report released last month, will inform the design of El Tímpano as a new local reporting platform.MORE
I've been a consultant for almost 30 years. Before that, I worked more than 20 years in writing and editing positions, most of those years as an editor and manager at daily newspapers.
During that half-century, I've learned a few things about how to do my work well and how to conduct myself in the workplace.
I recently received a call from someone close to me who was struggling in her work. She asked my advice and I did my best to help her.
After that conversation, I sent her the following. I call it "25 on-the-job ideals."
I thought I'd take a side road from design this month to share my note with you.MORE
Presteligence has announced that 11 Paxton Media sites in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia are converting to the My News 360 service for their web CMS, website and mobile apps.
The Times-Georgian (Carrollton, Ga.) launched last week with the others to follow suit in the coming weeks. The move to Presteligence brings multi-channel delivery of content to the web, mobile apps, e-edition and newsletters, with an option to extend to print page design.MORE
Working journalists are invited to apply for fellowships to attend Media Law School 2018, to be held Sept. 19-22 in Columbia, S.C., at the University of South Carolina.MORE
In this article, Judd Slivka, director of aerial journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, notes:
- The right to fly over private property is legally well established. But various groups are trying to restrict that for privacy purposes. In doing so, they may open up media outlets to frivolous lawsuits that could harm First Amendment rights.
- This latest effort – which is being posed as model legislation for states to adopt – not only makes flying over someone’s property cause for a civil suit, it also makes taking photos or videos of someone’s property a cause for civil action.
In a video, Matthew Borowick shares his advice, methods and passion for drone storytelling.MORE
In a video, Matthew Borowick shares his advice, methods and passion for drone storytelling.More
Special sections let us give readers content that differs from the normal flow of news, features, sports, ads and other content in the newspaper.
But there are some key elements to remember when dealing with special sections. Following are 10 points that are important:More
"How much is my home worth?"
"How many homes have sold in my ZIP code?"
"Can I afford the home I'm driving past?"
"Who is the best Realtor for me?"
We'll ask voice-activated devices more frequently these questions and eventually, we may also get these answers in real-time as we drive in our connected cars. More than two decades ago, Craigslist disrupted the news industry's classified advertisements with its online listing service and now another innovation is here and growing with voice devices. Can voice-activated devices and real estate information create a new market and spur some recovery for news companies?
In a two-part series, read about how voice devices are creating another market for journalism content, specifically real estate, followed by an accompanying piece on tips that news companies need to know when they are considering creating content for voice devices.More