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."


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.


UF, News Integrity Initiative partner to assist newsrooms in increasing media trust 5/1/18

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and the News Integrity Initiative are forming a new partnership to examine what research from multiple academic disciplines tells us about community engagement and trust in news. The yearlong, $250,000 project will also develop experimental curriculum and training for local newsrooms to help implement best practices from that research into news coverage tactics.


There's just over a week to submit your Photo Contest entries 4/27/18

Win cash prizes and earn recognition for your photojournalism skills in SNPA's 2018 Photo/Video Contest.

The contest includes four categories: Spot news photos, Sports photos, Feature photos and Videos.


AP launches Playbook editorial planning solution 4/10/18

The Associated Press has introduced a new planning system that allows editorial and corporate newsrooms large and small to effectively and efficiently manage coverage plans and assignments.


A tale of two ad pages 4/10/18

By Ed Henninger

This ... is the tale of two ad pages – pages that have the same purpose but different approaches.


Want a sustainable news product? Learn from sports and treat every day with a breaking news attitude 3/26/18

By David Arkin, chief strategy officer, American Hometown Publishing

I can count numerous times in my career when I left a newsroom at the end of the day feeling so great about the future of journalism because of the work my team did covering something big and meaningful. That wasn't always a shooting. It was really about the effort and the journalism and not the topic or the severity of the news.

You need to feel that every day. When I walked into a budget meeting – even when there wasn't breaking news – with a breaking news attitude, the paper was about 1,000 times better that day. It's up to editors, as leaders, to set that tone. I worry that's just not happening enough on a daily basis. You have to create that urgency and excitement. Yes, it's hard out there. But we have to push.

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