A tussle over airspace. Could news drones be collateral damage? 7/17/18

By Judd Slivka, director of aerial journalism, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
There’s a movement afoot that would severely limit how drones can be used -- and it would essentially make using a drone for journalism illegal in many cases.

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.

Drone storytelling: Changing how we capture the world 7/10/18

In a video, Matthew Borowick shares his advice, methods and passion for drone storytelling.


Make your special sections special 7/10/18

By Ed Henninger

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:


Voice technology + Real estate info = Opportunity + Maybe good karma, too 6/26/18

"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.


Augmented reality: How to make it easy, affordable and fun 6/26/18

For newsroom leaders already struggling to produce and monetize daily content, augmented reality tools might seem out of their reach.

Though tools from Google, Amazon and Apple can be daunting with their requirement of coding knowledge, there are tools that make it easy for those with small budgets, little to no coding experience and limited time.

Recently at the Institute for Nonprofit News Days conference in Orlando, Fla., Kat Duncan, senior video editor for RJI Futures Lab, taught attendees how newsrooms can harness AR tools like ZapWorks to better engage readers in a new, creative and exciting way.

Read her column


Brechner Center issues guidelines on informing public about police use of force 6/18/18

Public distrust has been aggravated by recent high-profile cases in which law enforcement agencies have failed to inform the public about police shootings in a timely manner. In response, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is issuing guidelines for agencies to consider in informing the public when officers use force.


All Photo/Video Contest entries must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. today 6/18/18

Today at 11:55 p.m. (EDT) is the deadline to enter SNPA's Photo and Video Contest. We love recognizing the best work that our members do. Nominate your photographers for recognition this year!

The SNPA Photo/Video Contest includes four categories:

  • Spot news photos
  • Sports photos
  • Feature photos
  • Videos - Maximum file size is 200 MB. (Video format should be one of the following: .avi, .dv, .mov, .qt, .mp4, .mpeg, .3gp, .asf, .wmv or .mpg)

Entries will be accepted through 11:55 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, June 23. MORE

Ya gotta have a plan 6/11/18

By Ed Henninger

Many newspapers pay little attention to consistent organization from issue to issue. For example, content that readers find important – such as obituaries and comics – will float throughout the paper. In one issue, the obits will be on page 6. In the next, they could be on page 8. And in still another issue, obits could be on page 5.

Readers have a right to expect consistency from you, and you get that consistency by creating a sequencing plan.


McClatchy unveils ambitious editorial initiatives for midterm election coverage 6/5/18

McClatchy announced the launch of new editorial initiatives this month, aimed at better connecting McClatchy readers with important coverage of politics and policy decisions at stake in the 2018 midterm elections. The projects – "The Influencer Series," "Ground Game" and "Beto" – will provide sophisticated coverage of midterm election races important to both local voters served by McClatchy news brands and political obsessives nationwide.


With Rover, David Arkin takes a mobile-first, enjoyable approach to local news 5/22/18

By Tom Grubisich (reprinted from Street Fight)

To create a totally new experience in hyperlocal news, American Hometown Publishing CEO Brad Dennison came together with David Arkin for the third time in their intersecting careers to launch an experiment at the cutting edge of tumultuous change in the local newspaper business.

In this Q&A, AHP Chief Strategy Officer Arkin details how the company's brand-new publication Rover – launched recently in suburban Nashville – aims to present news to its readers as an "enjoyable experience."