Cox Communications launches Converge, a new storytelling platform 1/2/18

Cox Communications has announced the launch of Converge, the company's new storytelling platform designed to inform, inspire and connect people to the things they enjoy through technology. Stories on Converge are organized into three categories:

  • Community: Stories that illuminate the lasting changes Cox is making for the people that live and work in Cox's communities.
  • Entertainment: Stories that connect people to the hottest shows, movies, sports, places and names in today's culture.
  • Technology: Stories that inform and connect people to enable moments that matter.

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Rookies make mistakes 12/12/17

By Ed Henninger

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:

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Is your 'designer' a designer? 11/14/17

By Ed Henninger

How do you tell if your "designer" really is a designer? Here are some of the things I'd look for.

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Design is: How it works 10/10/17

By Ed Henninger

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.

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PolitiFact, Alabama Media Group find plenty of work to do 9/26/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

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.

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What they said 9/26/17

By Ed Henninger

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!

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Taking a closer look at your design: Part 2 8/22/17

By Ed Henninger
Last month's column focused on design critiques: working at improving your design by taking a look at what you've recently done.

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

CMG newspapers launch new education digital section 8/15/17

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.

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This time, privacy outweighs right to know 8/15/17

By Jim Pumarlo

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."

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Everything your readers need to know about the solar eclipse 8/14/17

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.

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