Covering the unthinkable 5/22/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Two weeks after 17 people died in the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., Julie Anderson joined the South Florida Sun Sentinel as editor-in-chief. In her first conversation with her managing editor, Anderson asked how the staff was doing.

"Really be mindful that your reporters and your editors are going to be traumatized," Anderson said. "Maybe not all of them, but they're first responders, too."

She offers the following tips to other newspapers that have to deal with school shootings and other mass casualty events:


Veteran newspaper photographer retires from The Dallas Morning News 5/22/18

On May 1, people crowded the newsroom at The Dallas Morning News to say goodbye to friend and colleague, David Woo.

"I love you all," said Woo as he tried to contain his emotion. "I can't say enough how much I really enjoyed all of you."

From the crowd and the speeches, it was clear the feeling was mutual.

Woo spent 42 years as a photographer for The Dallas Morning News.


Richard Tamborrino named publisher in Key West, Fla. 5/22/18

Cooke Communications - Florida LLC has announced the hiring of Richard Tamborrino to the position of publisher of The Key West Citizen and The Florida Keys Free Press.


How to rise to the challenge and profit from it 5/22/18

If your task is generating revenue for your newspaper, today's changing landscape can be daunting to say the least. Mission One: Revenue gives you proven new revenue ideas and selling techniques, shows you the most lucrative businesses to target and effective closing techniques ... everything you need to make more money immediately when you go home. All presented in a down-to-earth, case-history-driven format from markets like yours.


Register for News Industry Summit before June 15 and save $100 5/22/18

Early-registration rates for SNPA's News Industry Summit in Nashville will disappear after June 15. Register now for the Oct. 10-12 annual meeting and save $100 on your conference fees.


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."


Jumping inside 5/22/18

By Ed Henninger

Readers would prefer we not jump our stories. Ever. But if we're gonna do it, let's work to do it right. Here are some tips.


Dirks, Van Essen & Murray names Sara April partner and renames firm 5/22/18

Owen Van Essen and Phil Murray have announced that Sara April has become a partner in the firm, now renamed Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April.


RJI links 5/22/18

News and commentary of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs. Read the latest from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.


Richmond Times-Dispatch announces panelists for the upcoming Metro Business Live 5/15/18

The second installment of Metro Business Live will take place on Tuesday, June 19, with a conversation about the future of Richmond's entrepreneurial ecosystem.