Reporting data can often be boring for readers but it doesn't have to be, according to three up-and-coming journalists who presented a Data Visualization session at the recent News Industry Summit. Eli Murray and Nathaniel Lash, both of the Tampa Bay Times, along with Kara Dapena of the Miami Herald explained how data visualization provides insights to stories and offered tips for finding the right tools and people.MORE
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
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
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are already transforming news operations in ways unimaginable even several months ago, much of it transformative and positive. Among the changes AI is helping implement: Customized content, improved reader/viewer/listener/user relationships, moderating and policing comment sections, and creating more efficient workflows.More