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
This special report by The Herald-Tribune in Sarasota details the sex-trafficking industry in the Gulf Coast beach town of 50,000 people. The report looks at the criminal justice system's struggles to provide justice to sexually exploited children. It also describes how those children struggle to break free of the trades in which they are forced to work.MORE
The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com have launched a new multi-platform, fully responsive Jacksonville Events Calendar.MORE
The Tampa Bay Times, in partnership with The Center for Investigative Reporting, has built an online tool that captures what the nation's top charity watchdogs have to say about more than 11,000 charities.
Other newspapers can embed part of this tool into their websites by using the Charity Checker widget.MORE
Growing up, the Anderson children knew their parents had a collection of letters from World War II. What was in those letters became a five-day series in the Salisbury Post tied to Veterans Day.MORE
A Labor Day special section in Orangeburg, S.C., proved popular with local businesses. It included 16 pages of ads, nine of them full pages. Color positions sold out quickly. Included were two sponsorships: to the county economic development commission and the county chamber of commerce.MORE
In addition to publishing a special section in print, the Morristown Citizen Tribune has launched a page on its website that will be updated regularly as the Affordable Health Care Act begins to affect individuals' lives. The paper's goal is for the site to serve as a one-stop resource and archive.MORE
Special feature uses proprietary technology to present news topics visually; offers native advertising solution, sponsored by Land Rover.MORE
The Watauga Democrat celebrated 125 years of publication with a gala and museum exhibit, plus a front page in the style of its early days, complete with authentic fonts, typography and design. It also produced a special section revisiting stories of local significance from the past.MORE
Four independent filmmakers have a chance to be discovered by a worldwide audience next month when NYTimes.com streams their films live.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