GateHouse Media has focused a lot of energy this year on serving its mobile audience. They've talked about blowing up traditional storytelling for some types of stories in favor of alternative story forms that work well on mobile. This article looks at how some traditional news websites (websites that grew out of print) handle stories as part of the mobile web experience.MORE
Author and presenter Tim Harrower knows how to capture an audience's attention. His colorful and eye-catching visuals during his Writing for Non-Readers sessions at the News Industry Summit captivated writers, editors and designers looking for ideas to engage more readers, especially those who are typically non-readers.MORE
NEWSCYCLE's ONSET 2016-2 includes an integrated Slack messaging tool, digital content placement options and URL tracking features.MORE
Many community newspapers I've seen (and I've seen hundreds!) struggle to find a visual element to place on the opinion page.
As result, they'll often place an editorial cartoon on the page that really has little interest for – or impact on – readers. They are there to be ... well ... there.
Here are three better ideas!MORE
When you have a tiny screen – and a mobile phone is diminutive compared to desktop – you have a bit of a challenge when it comes to storytelling. Namely, you've got to keep things simple.MORE
Meeting reader needs requires editors and reporters to multitask, and challenges are ratcheted up in today's digital newsroom. Here are a handful of elements – and accompanying digital tools – for ensuring your news product remains relevant to your readers and advertisers.MORE
In the age of interruptions, mobile headlines need to be engaging – even compelling, and they shouldn't sound a bit like their print counterparts. Here are five tips for great mobile headlines.MORE
Newsrooms across the country faced criticism when headlines announcing Hillary Clinton's historic presidential nomination were run side-by-side with photos of not the nominee, but of her husband and of former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Many media outlets responded with defenses about the constraints they faced with deadlines, the timing of Clinton's appearance and the lack of available wire photos featuring Clinton from that day's events.
Here are some tips for turning these dilemmas into teachable moments.MORE
Hunger and race are two topics communities face every day. Few news organizations can sustain coverage of either over time.
How do we find and cover these stories, then? Reporting Stories Hidden in Plain Sight, a new web-based resource for journalists, is a first response.
The site contains a lot of literacy – definitions of terms, timelines and links to key data sets. There are also examples of good coverage of race and hunger and academic reports on the issues.MORE
Good news design is the practice of understanding how readers read – then using that understanding to make your newspaper easier, faster and more comfortable for readers to follow.
Part of that calls for proper placement of captions.More
Sometimes a design just goes stale. Over the course of even just a few years, inconsistencies creep in, color use gets out of hand, odd typefaces appear. Stuff happens.
But you can turn that around. You can bring a crisp, clean, compelling look to the tired face of your newspaper.
Here are ten steps to guide you.More
Those who have read this column over the years have probably seen this quote before:
"If you fail to plan ... you plan to fail."
I believe that so deeply that it has become embedded in my DNA.
But I'm preaching to the choir. You already have plans.
You have a business plan. An advertising plan. A circulation plan. A production plan. A personnel plan. A growth plan.
But (with rare exception), no design plan.More