For the first time since 2012, NOLA.com has a new homepage design.MORE
Readers of the Times News in Kingsport and the Johnson City Press, both in Northeast Tennessee, saw new looks on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The redesigns of the Sandusky Newspaper Group papers are somewhat different but the goal is the same: Make them easier to read.
But it's not just the design that has changed; it's also the ways in which stories are told, according to Times News Publisher Rick Thomason, who is overseeing the project.
"Our redesigns aren't just about fonts, rebranding and colors," said Bill Ostendorf, president and founder of Creative Circle. "It's really about changing newsroom culture and creating content that is more relevant, more interesting and easier to read."MORE
For the Springfield (Mo.) Business Journal, Creative Circle launched a new site Aug. 14 at www.sbj.net along with an all-video sister site at sbjlive.net. SBJ switched its primary site from 1Up to Creative Circle in the transition. MORE
The Paducah (Ky.) Sun will transition to a new website this week. The plan is to bring the new site online Wednesday morning.MORE
The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet developed an algorithm guided partially by editors and partially by reader preferences that delivers a personalized home page for each website visitor. Editor-in-Chief Fredric Karén credits the technology with a significant boost in online traffic and digital subscriptions.MORE
Open discussion of issues is important to the general public. It's also important that newspapers have clear guidelines for those dialogues. View the guidelines set in place by the Galveston County Daily News.MORE
This week we explore a publishing platform that integrates story components in a unique way, and a startup that organizes news reports around historical context.MORE
This week we see how TwitterTrails evaluates the credibility of a rumor spreading in social media, and we learn how new tools are making it easier to extract data from websites.MORE
This week we learn about the work of viral content editors, and we see how public data can be pulled together to monitor the work of lawmakers.MORE
This week we learn about a collaboration to build an open-source commenting and discussion platform for news organizations, and we explore how the Verification Handbook can help inform the use of citizen-generated materials.MORE
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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