Thumbs Up in Bay City 10/28/14

By Jane Nicholes
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Variation on letters to the editor are just the latest change for Texas semi-weekly. MORE

Election tool allows candidates to blog, debate on publication's website 10/14/14

By Elizabeth Jespersen (reprinted from the website of GateHouse Media)
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Fourteen separate blogs for each of the contested legislative races in this newspaper's readership area are helping General Assembly candidates communicate directly with voters – and it's all open to public comments. MORE

Standardizing expectations 9/30/14

By Jane Nicholes
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Annual editorial evaluations at papers published by Southern Newspapers, Inc., are leading to better print products. Download SNI's standards and use them to evaluate your own paper. MORE

Cranking up the heat on life in Seguin 9/30/14

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   As the temperature rose this summer, the Seguin Gazette was busy launching its new quarterly magazine called Sizzle. Reader and advertiser response to the first issue was so good the staff had to add extra pages to the just released fall issue. MORE

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

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   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. MORE

Free product expands digital business and financial content 9/2/14

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   A new kind of partnership for publishers: Wall Street, simplified. PassFail offers free content and shared revenues. MORE

The Dallas Morning News creates citizen journalism program 6/29/14

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Insider blogs by citizen journalists are generating attention for The Dallas Morning News. More than 20 percent of posts have at least 100 social media shares, and one post exemplified the potential of the online communities, receiving more than 1,100 shares, nearly 3,000 likes and hundreds of comments from users as far away as Egypt. MORE

AGN TV in Amarillo offers on-demand video news and information 5/20/14

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   AGN TV launched March 31 in Amarillo, Texas, and is providing several "channels" that feature local news, sports, entertainment and various forms of programming for local viewers. Videos for the site are being shot by staff at the Amarillo Globe-News. MORE

A reader-driven redesign 5/13/14

By Jane Nicholes
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Readers gave The Dallas Morning News a blueprint of what they wanted in the business section and what more they wanted on Sunday: additional personal finance coverage and a better synopsis of what's going on outside the circulation area. MORE

Collaboration makes national news with Tuition Tracker 4/28/14

By Jane Nicholes
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   What's the sticker price for college tuition? There are wide differences in the net price for higher-income students versus lower-income students. This collaborative Tuition Tracker helps families compare costs. It's also proven to be a gift to newspapers across the country. MORE

Local hospital sponsors pink bags for breast cancer awareness

Local hospital draws awareness to breast cancer with pink newspaper bags. More

10 Commandments of local news coverage

Bill Ketter, vice president/news for CNHI, offers these tips for improving local news coverage. More

What works for McDonald's, works for classifieds, too

Stealing the value meal concept from McDonald's and the "Have it your way" slogan from Burger King, Creative Circle created some winning house ads for several of its classified redesign clients that saved time in the call center and increased upsell sales at the same time. More
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