Many community newspapers I've seen (and I've seen hundreds!) struggle to find a visual element to place on the opinion page.
As result, they'll often place an editorial cartoon on the page that really has little interest for – or impact on – readers. They are there to be ... well ... there.
Here are three better ideas!MORE
When you have a tiny screen – and a mobile phone is diminutive compared to desktop – you have a bit of a challenge when it comes to storytelling. Namely, you've got to keep things simple.MORE
Meeting reader needs requires editors and reporters to multitask, and challenges are ratcheted up in today's digital newsroom. Here are a handful of elements – and accompanying digital tools – for ensuring your news product remains relevant to your readers and advertisers.MORE
In the age of interruptions, mobile headlines need to be engaging – even compelling, and they shouldn't sound a bit like their print counterparts. Here are five tips for great mobile headlines.MORE
Newsrooms across the country faced criticism when headlines announcing Hillary Clinton's historic presidential nomination were run side-by-side with photos of not the nominee, but of her husband and of former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Many media outlets responded with defenses about the constraints they faced with deadlines, the timing of Clinton's appearance and the lack of available wire photos featuring Clinton from that day's events.
Here are some tips for turning these dilemmas into teachable moments.MORE
Hunger and race are two topics communities face every day. Few news organizations can sustain coverage of either over time.
How do we find and cover these stories, then? Reporting Stories Hidden in Plain Sight, a new web-based resource for journalists, is a first response.
The site contains a lot of literacy – definitions of terms, timelines and links to key data sets. There are also examples of good coverage of race and hunger and academic reports on the issues.MORE
Content That Works will introduce a new surviving breast cancer content and micro-site July 20.MORE
Newspapers routinely face challenging decisions. Should we run this photo? Should we accept this ad? Should we report on every monthly meeting of a local activist group? The discussions are always enlightening, forcing everyone to rethink positions and crystallize their arguments.MORE
A newspaper's credibility is directly linked to its ability to identify, collect and report the relevant community news. Then why do so many newspapers make it so difficult for readers to connect with reporters?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
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