You've got a whole checklist of things to do, so why carve time out of your busy schedule to post a quiz on your website? You might be surprised at the return on time investment.More
Schoolhouse (reporting) rocks, because of the infinite amount of reporting to be done, but can also be a little overwhelming for the same reason. Here are some favorite databases for school data that all reporters ought to have in their arsenal.MORE
It is imperative to have a plan for the fall sports season. What's wonderful about the prospect of a new school year is the potential to update not just the master plan, but also the processes you use to fill those plans.
Here's a prime example: Why not update the way you keep high school sports statistics?MORE
The State in Columbia, S.C., has just gone old school. At the beginning of July, The State began printing free announcements of engagements, weddings, anniversaries and debutantes. And, the publisher is reporting phenomenal response. "Readers love it."
The service is cross-promoted on social media and with The State's Carolina Brides magazine.MORE
Here's how you can make a "basic" map with just one or two points on it. Because, you know, people like to know where things are happening.MORE
The La Junta Tribune-Democrat recently published an informative reaction to an increasing number of counterfeit bills found in the area. Editor Candi Hill's piece is a wonderful example of not only excellent newsroom planning, but also of how her three-person newsroom localized a well-documented national issue. She talks about her process for putting the piece together and how other newsrooms can replicate the piece in their own areas.MORE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's analysis of up to 16 years of public records shows sexual improprieties and misconduct involving doctors of all types: psychiatrists seducing the emotionally fragile; urologists subjecting women to lewd remarks during intimate exams; family practitioners fondling minors; pain specialists exchanging prescriptions for intercourse; anesthesiologists molesting sedated patients; obstetricians raping patients who came to them for care.MORE
The power of the press was demonstrated last week in Illinois when the General Assembly passed stopgap budget measures – on the final day possible – that will keep K-12 schools open, benefit the state's colleges and social services, and provide funding to keep state government operations afloat. The stopgap measures came one day after more than 60 newspapers joined the State Journal-Register in a coordinated editorial effort (with many of the editorials on the newspapers' front pages) declaring "Enough" and demanding that a budget be passed.
In the following Q&A column by Jean Hodges, senior director of content for GateHouse Media, Editor Angie Muhs explains the process the editorial board took to decide to run a full-page editorial on A1, along with an explanation for readers that runs on the inside editorial page.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.More
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.More
To spin an old adage, two things in life are certain: Taxes and the fact that people will wait until deadline to do their taxes. Readers need tax information now, and here's how to satisfy them.More