Why the bitter U.S. political divide? Blame the digital information explosion 4/25/17

By Steve Gray, vice president of strategy and innovation, Morris Communications

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.

Read Steve Gray's column


View early entries in the SNPA Photo/Video Contest 4/25/17

View early entries in the SNPA Photo / Video Contest at this link.


Hold editorials to highest standard 4/25/17

By Jim Pumarlo

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.


LNP Media launches The Caucus to cover state government 4/18/17

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.


25 rules for good design 4/11/17

By Ed Henninger

Here are 25 rules of news design that Ed Henninger teaches. There are more ... but these are among those he considers more important.


SCS and Presteligence announce joint venture 4/10/17

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.


Giving writers their due 3/28/17

By Ed Henninger

The state of writing in newspapers is directly proportional to the amount of editing and direction that writers receive.


Who won? The personalization email newsletter study results are in 3/21/17

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?


Spartanburg editor Michael Smith offers three opinion page tips 3/13/17

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.


Three quick ways to boost your traffic and engagement 3/13/17

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.

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