More Americans trust the media than they did last year and the majority trust local news 9/4/18

There's good news for journalists: three-quarters of Americans trust their local TV news and local newspapers. Trust is also on the rise for all types of news, despite increased attacks on the credibility of the American press by President Donald Trump and others.

These findings come from The Poynter Institute's second Media Trust Survey. The research found 54 percent of Americans have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust and confidence in the media, a five-point increase from Poynter's first Media Trust Survey published in December 2017.

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Beyond problem-solving: Leading through the chaos and setting the course 8/7/18

The strategic plan developed by the SNPA Board of Directors encourages the creation of a publisher development program based on what members have identified as a training void in our industry.

Publishers attending the News Industry Summit in Nashville, Oct. 10-12, will get a taste of this new initiative.

Tom Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch and chairman of SNPA's Executive Development Committee, said the committee "has outlined an approach and invited The Poynter Institute to help create such a program for SNPA members." Any program created would require SNPA Board approval.

He said an expanded segment at the fall SNPA conference in Nashville will "provide a sample of what such a development program could be."

He added, "This live demonstration will focus on helping current publishers and publishers-to-be lead through the chaos and uncertainty to constantly anticipate what's next and have the wherewithal to turn possibilities into positive results. You won't get a certificate for completing the Poynter-led overview, but you'll help SNPA further refine a development program that we hope will be career-changing for our publisher members."

Neil Brown, president of The Poynter Institute, will lead the segment at the News Industry Summit.

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Can journalists counteract hatred toward the press? It starts with explaining what we do. 7/2/18

The murder of five employees of an Annapolis, Md., newspaper by a reader nursing a years-long grudge over a story on his criminal conviction for harassing a woman was a horrifying, extreme example of a harsh reality editors everywhere face every day: Some people get really, really angry about the news and it's a daily slog to defuse that rage and educate the public on the vital role of the press in a free society.

After the horrific attack at the Capital Gazette, it's more important than ever that we take every opportunity – in our stories, on our "about" tabs on homepages, and in encounters with the public – to explain our mission: Who we are, what we do, why it matters.

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8 techniques for finding and fixing errors in your writing 3/27/18

Mistakes are not necessarily an indicator of skill – or lack thereof. Certainly, a journalist who consistently makes factual errors is in need of training and guidance. But any of us can make a mistake at any time.

Here's a list of useful tips and tricks for identifying and preventing mistakes in your work.

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Neil Brown named president of Poynter Institute 8/29/17

Neil Brown has been named president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

"I am honored to join Poynter, where imagination and integrity have been hallmarks in helping journalists get better at what they do and stay relevant in how they do it," Brown said.

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Poynter selects 21 news organizations to participate in Local News Innovation program 4/24/17

The Poynter Institute has selected 21 news organizations to participate in the first year of a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation-funded initiative to accelerate digital transformation in local news. The Poynter Local News Innovation Project is an outgrowth of the Knight-Temple University "Table Stakes" project, now renamed the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative.

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Roy Peter Clark to retire from The Poynter Institute at year end 10/4/16

The Poynter Institute has announced that Roy Peter Clark, its first faculty member nearly four decades ago, will retire from full-time status at the end of this year.

Clark, who has authored or edited 18 books on the art of writing and taught thousands of journalists at the Institute over the span of his 38 years here, will continue to teach and work on special projects at Poynter next year on a part-time, contractual basis.

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How small newsrooms can go big when news comes to town 9/15/14

When Pinehurst, N.C., hosted its third U.S. Open and fourth U.S. Women's Open Championships, The Pilot set out to become "the paper of record for the U.S. Open.” Publisher David Woronoff said, “We wanted to own it in a way that no other medium could, save NBC." Here's how they did it.

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How to reach your audience when your website goes down 8/15/13

With so many publishing platforms and social networks available, there's no reason for a news organization to go dark when its website is down. But it must have a good plan in advance. Here are the steps to get ready.

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