3 things a good story pitch should make you do 5/3/16

By Corina Curry, reporter, Rockford Register Star
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As part of GateHouse's Pinnacle project, Rockford Register Star reporter Corina Curry traveled to the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune newsroom to work on an upcoming story. After spending time pitching her story to editors in Sarasota, Curry offered these tips on honing project pitches.

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5 data mapping tool alternatives to Google Maps 4/19/16

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Google's custom maps are a great place to start visualizing location data, and for many datasets, the tool does the trick. But don't stop there – beyond Google Maps there is a world of digital mapping tools full of different aesthetic and functional possibilities. Spark your inspiration with these five data mapping tool alternatives to Google Maps.

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Three in-depth topics small newsrooms can get working on 4/19/16

By Tim Schmitt, project manager, GateHouse Media
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Your newsroom might be small, but your ideas don't have to be. Here are three topics small newsrooms can start digging on today, with an eye on producing a piece that will get your community talking in the future.

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Compare photos, hide the big reveal using Juxtapose 4/12/16

By Nicole Simmons, regional digital editor, GateHouse Media New England
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You've probably seen them before – side-by-side photos with a slider tool allowing you to compare two photos, usually a before shot and an after shot. Before the tornado, after the tornado. A location as seen in 1976, the same spot today. You probably thought they were cool and wondered how they were done. Let us show you how, using the Knight Lab tool "Juxtapose."

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3 lessons you can learn from your analytics by digging deeper 4/12/16

By Jean Hodges, senior director of content, GateHouse Media
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Newsrooms have been staring at their analytics and sharing them for years, right? What else could we possibly learn from these numbers?

Here are some tips to find out how to learn from the information that comes from analytics to ensure your coverage is deep and meaningful in ways your readers will appreciate.

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5 tips to make list content helpful and fun 4/4/16

By David Arkin, senior vice president of content & product development, GateHouse Media
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Here at GateHouse Media, we have asked our newspapers to create lists on a consistent basis. We don't believe lists are or should be a form of click bait. We believe they are a great way of concisely packaging content that helps provide readers information they can use. If you are doing a list, here are a few things I would suggest you do and don't do.

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Austin American-Statesman launches area’s go-to tech site: 512tech.com 3/28/16

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As Austin's technology industry and community have grown, so has the Austin American-Statesman's coverage of them, leading to the development and launch of the tech-focused site, 512tech.com.

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Data Journalism: Start simple, and remember that people matter 3/28/16

By Tim Schmitt, project manager with GateHouse Media
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Mining data, like any resource, can be dirty and difficult work. Plenty of heavy lifting. The end result, however, can be precious.

Where can you start? Is there a surefire topic that will help get the data mine pumping?

During a recent presentation in the GateHouse Media Newsroom Development Professional Development Series, Jill Riepenhoff and Mike Wagner of the Columbus Dispatch shared some tips for data journalism strategy as well as some of their greatest hits.

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3 tips for digging deeper into crime reporting 3/11/16

By Tim Schmitt, project manager, GateHouse Media
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A domestic violence case that ended with the mother of two being gunned down as she left work turned into an enterprise piece that posed the question: Is there a need for reform when it comes to the traditional bond system? Here are tips for creating these types of enterprise reporting.

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Are we having fun yet? 3 ways to create engaging content 3/11/16

By Jean Hodges, senior director of content, GateHouse Media
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A lot of what we do in newsrooms is deadly serious and necessarily so. But anyone who has worked in a newsroom knows we need to have some fun to stay sane. Here are three delightful ideas to add interactive layers to stories and make them more meaningful to your readers.

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