Use Google Sheets for your online prep sports stats 8/2/16

By Tim Schmitt, project manager, GateHouse Media
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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?

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Return of the society section 7/26/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent
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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.

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How to make a basic Google map 7/25/16

By Nicole Simmons, regional digital editor, GateHouse Media New England
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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.

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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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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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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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3 coverage tips to ready your readers to face the Taxman 3/8/16

By Lisa Glowinski, general manager, More Content Now
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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.

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How a seven-person community newspaper reached 20,000 Facebook followers 3/8/16

By Sheri McWhirter, digital editor at The Daily Telegram
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The Daily Telegram in Adrian, Mich., experienced an organic surge in popularity on social media site Facebook during recent months. Learn how breaking news and the use of Facebook Insights is increasing audience growth and interaction on the social media site.

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Photographer sees the city through the unique lens of its street signs 3/1/16

By Wade Spees, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.
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The Post and Courier gives a weekly assignment to its readers who want to submit photos on a given theme, themes that run from "Urban decay" to "Seeing red" to "Signs of spring."

Along the same lines, the paper gave its photography staff an assignment to come up with a gallery on any theme that could run any time.

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