My son asked me some tough questions recently:
"Do you share this sense that, increasingly, there are two bubbles in America, and that neither has much real interest in learning about the other's perspective? Or maybe that doing so is actually approaching impossibility because of the fact that we're geographically and socially and economically so separated?
"And if so ... is there anything we can do about it?"
In my latest blog post, I did my best to answer him.MORE
A common element to the most effective editorials is that they leave an impression or prompt a reaction. In contrast, nondescript editorials are easily forgotten.MORE
By Sean Stroh, Editor & Publisher
When members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly returned to Harrisburg in January, a brand new print publication was waiting for them on their desks.
The first edition of The Caucus investigated why state employees who have been convicted of serious crimes, including homicide, are still collecting their pensions.
The Caucus, a weekly newspaper published by LNP Media Group, was formally launched on Jan. 3 to act as a watchdog of the state's government through longform investigative reporting and analysis.MORE
Here are 25 rules of news design that Ed Henninger teaches. There are more ... but these are among those he considers more important.MORE
Presteligence and Software Consulting Services, LLC, have announced a collaborative venture.
The first joint project is the integration between SCS's Scoop newsroom system with Presteligence's My News 360 web content management system for digital delivery to web and apps. The two systems seamlessly "talk" to each other in real time so a story's edits, assets and tags can be retrieved from any system at any time.MORE
The state of writing in newspapers is directly proportional to the amount of editing and direction that writers receive.MORE
By Tracy Clark, founder of the technology platform Reportory and a 2015-2016 RJI Fellow
Over the past year, an RJI fellow partnered with the Austin American-Statesman to compare e-newsletter content chosen by the readers to e-newsletter content selected by an editor. See what the paper learned. Does increased personalization of news content result in more satisfied customers?MORE
By Tim Schmitt, project manager, GateHouse Media
Here are three takeaways from the executive editor of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal from a recent GateHouse Professional Development Series presentation he gave on keeping your opinion page as engaging as possible.MORE
By Jean Hodges, senior director of content, GateHouse Media
How can we grow in the digital space? Clearly, the answer is to produce content that matters to our readers. Apart from all of the deep work we have to do to understand our communities, which is valuable and necessary and good, here are a few ways to grow your numbers in all the right places. Maybe these aren't news to you, but do them consistently, and you will do a happy dance when you see your analytics.MORE
Studies from the Media Insight Project, Trusting News and others show that audiences put their trust in the news depending on certain factors that are present within the organization. In order to uncover where news outlets are on target or lacking in these factors, Discovery Fellow Taylor Gion from the University of Missouri did some research with new sites across the country.More
COME JUNE 1, I will have spent 30 years as a newspaper consultant. That's a long time. I'll be retiring at the end of this year ... perhaps sooner.
It's time for me to turn my attention more toward Julia and my family ... and the pursuits that bring me joy.
Over for the next few months, I'm offering some of my best columns from the past few years.
Here's one that focuses on designers.More
Read what one student learned from a failed newsletter at a newspaper he interned at this semester. “I may have learned far more about audience engagement through the struggles than I would have if the newsletter succeeded,” he said. “I was forced to be creative, to do whatever I had to lure and keep the audience engaged and coming back for more. In some ways, we did just that, even though we ran out of time.”More