"How much is my home worth?"
"How many homes have sold in my ZIP code?"
"Can I afford the home I'm driving past?"
"Who is the best Realtor for me?"
We'll ask voice-activated devices more frequently these questions and eventually, we may also get these answers in real-time as we drive in our connected cars. More than two decades ago, Craigslist disrupted the news industry's classified advertisements with its online listing service and now another innovation is here and growing with voice devices. Can voice-activated devices and real estate information create a new market and spur some recovery for news companies?
In a two-part series, read about how voice devices are creating another market for journalism content, specifically real estate, followed by an accompanying piece on tips that news companies need to know when they are considering creating content for voice devices.MORE
For newsroom leaders already struggling to produce and monetize daily content, augmented reality tools might seem out of their reach.
Though tools from Google, Amazon and Apple can be daunting with their requirement of coding knowledge, there are tools that make it easy for those with small budgets, little to no coding experience and limited time.
Recently at the Institute for Nonprofit News Days conference in Orlando, Fla., Kat Duncan, senior video editor for RJI Futures Lab, taught attendees how newsrooms can harness AR tools like ZapWorks to better engage readers in a new, creative and exciting way.MORE
Public distrust has been aggravated by recent high-profile cases in which law enforcement agencies have failed to inform the public about police shootings in a timely manner. In response, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is issuing guidelines for agencies to consider in informing the public when officers use force.MORE
The SNPA Photo/Video Contest includes four categories:
- Spot news photos
- Sports photos
- Feature photos
- Videos - Maximum file size is 200 MB. (Video format should be one of the following: .avi, .dv, .mov, .qt, .mp4, .mpeg, .3gp, .asf, .wmv or .mpg)
Entries will be accepted through 11:55 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, June 23. MORE
Many newspapers pay little attention to consistent organization from issue to issue. For example, content that readers find important – such as obituaries and comics – will float throughout the paper. In one issue, the obits will be on page 6. In the next, they could be on page 8. And in still another issue, obits could be on page 5.
Readers have a right to expect consistency from you, and you get that consistency by creating a sequencing plan.MORE
McClatchy announced the launch of new editorial initiatives this month, aimed at better connecting McClatchy readers with important coverage of politics and policy decisions at stake in the 2018 midterm elections. The projects – "The Influencer Series," "Ground Game" and "Beto" – will provide sophisticated coverage of midterm election races important to both local voters served by McClatchy news brands and political obsessives nationwide.MORE
To create a totally new experience in hyperlocal news, American Hometown Publishing CEO Brad Dennison came together with David Arkin for the third time in their intersecting careers to launch an experiment at the cutting edge of tumultuous change in the local newspaper business.
In this Q&A, AHP Chief Strategy Officer Arkin details how the company's brand-new publication Rover – launched recently in suburban Nashville – aims to present news to its readers as an "enjoyable experience."MORE
Readers would prefer we not jump our stories. Ever. But if we're gonna do it, let's work to do it right. Here are some tips.MORE
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and the News Integrity Initiative are forming a new partnership to examine what research from multiple academic disciplines tells us about community engagement and trust in news. The yearlong, $250,000 project will also develop experimental curriculum and training for local newsrooms to help implement best practices from that research into news coverage tactics.MORE
Win cash prizes and earn recognition for your photojournalism skills in SNPA's 2018 Photo/Video Contest.
The contest includes four categories: Spot news photos, Sports photos, Feature photos and Videos.MORE
I'm a friendly guy. Most people who know me genuinely like me ... and I like them.
I can be a strong friend. I can stand by you when you need me to. I can help you when you've got a problem. I can just be there by your side when you need support.
But ... I can also choose to not be your friend if I think it matters.
So, let me get this out there briefly and clearly: I am not a friend of writers ... or designers.More
When 5-year-old Noah Thomas disappeared in rural Pulaski County, Va., in 2015, a massive search ensued, accompanied by intensive news coverage. Four days later the body of the child was found in a septic tank with an unsecured lid, 10 feet away from the basketball hoop outside his home.
The boy's mother, Ashley White, said she was taking a nap and Noah was gone when she woke up. The home situation was less than ideal, and instead of community sympathy for her loss, White was the object of a backlash of condemnation fueled by gossip, rumor and social media.
"She didn't grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth," said Lee Wolverton, managing editor of The Roanoke Times. "She struggled like a lot of people in that area have. People are pretty quick to judge people like her."
By the time she was convicted of child abuse leading to an injury as well as two lesser charges of neglect, White had been in jail for more than a year. Released on time served, she appealed the main conviction. It was overturned by an appeals court and the Virginia Supreme Court allowed that ruling to stand.
This spring The Roanoke Times released a multi-part podcast, simply called "Septic," that told the story with a focus on the mother. Much of it is audio based in large part on courtroom recordings that were released to the newspaper. It also includes recorded interviews, photos, documents and some video.More
Infographic building is a skill that some of us just don't have. If you have the time, you could learn to use Adobe After Effects or if you have the budget, hire someone who is a pro. But if you're like us and had to dive in with no experience, here are a few tools that can help you create professional looking infographics.More