Databases look at salaries, health scores, SAT scores and more 11/18/14

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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.

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Thumbs Up in Bay City 10/28/14

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

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

By Elizabeth Jespersen (reprinted from the website of GateHouse Media)
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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.

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Standardizing expectations 9/30/14

By Jane Nicholes
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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.

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Cranking up the heat on life in Seguin 9/29/14

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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A reader-driven redesign 5/13/14

By Jane Nicholes
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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.

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