Would you like to know the salaries of local government and school district employees? How about health scores at local restaurants? It's all available on the website of The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., as part of the paper's greater emphasis on watchdog journalism.MORE
Variation on letters to the editor are just the latest change for Texas semi-weekly.MORE
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
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
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
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
A new kind of partnership for publishers: Wall Street, simplified. PassFail offers free content and shared revenues.MORE
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 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
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
When it comes to newsletters, the meat of your product should be the content of the email. However, after launching a brand-new letter or reviving an old one, it's critical that newsrooms make a concentrated push for sign-ups. Many newsrooms use ads in house and on other websites, or opt for an embedded sign-up box in the body of an article or on their landing page. But some are still using the good old pop-up form.
But there's a catch: The pop-up form can be tricky. Sites can be dinged by Google for interrupting or obscuring the reader's experience. So why bother? At nearly 2 percent, the conversion rate for pop-ups is remarkably high, and while using them may interrupt usability, gaining immediate access to a reader's inbox is a powerful tool for newsrooms.
Pop-up forms get a bad rap, but for those sites that are willing to take the risk by using ads to garner subscribers, they make it worth their while.
We've listed five of our favorite, most eye-catching pop-up forms from across the web. Not only are these forms interesting, they actually convince us to sign up for a newsletter we otherwise may have overlooked.More
The Times-Picayune and The New York Times have begun a partnership that will explore the causes and potentially catastrophic effects of coastal erosion and sea level rise along the Louisiana coast.More
Newsrooms can no longer afford to distribute poorly curated newsletters. Yet executives from many modern newsrooms say they lack the financial and staff capacity to do otherwise. Crosscut Public Media, in partnership with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, will soon be releasing a new, free tool for newsrooms and newsletter curators to begin addressing this challenge.More