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
The Sumter Item has introduced a new look that features two nameplates (for vertical and horizontal layout options on the front page), as well as a five-column grid for ads and editorial. In a few weeks, a new look is coming to its website, as well.MORE
It began with a phone tip to The Galveston County Daily News.
"Early on Friday morning we got a call from a person who we know as a source and who trusts us that there were going to be gunshot casualties coming to an area hospital and that they were coming from the high school in Santa Fe," said Editor Michael Smith.
"This is somebody that we know absolutely to be a credible source and was in a position to know. We started mobilizing the staff from there, sending people to the emergency room and to the school. We were there shortly after the first responders."
Since then, the local paper with a staff of five news reporters, three photographers and an IT person who used to be a photographer has been covering the mass shooting alongside the Houston Chronicle, The Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times, among other large news organizations. "It's been all Santa Fe, all the time for the last few days," Smith said.More
Two weeks after 17 people died in the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., Julie Anderson joined the South Florida Sun Sentinel as editor-in-chief. In her first conversation with her managing editor, Anderson asked how the staff was doing.
"Really be mindful that your reporters and your editors are going to be traumatized," Anderson said. "Maybe not all of them, but they're first responders, too."
She offers the following tips to other newspapers that have to deal with school shootings and other mass casualty events:More
Cooke Communications - Florida LLC has announced the hiring of Richard Tamborrino to the position of publisher of The Key West Citizen and The Florida Keys Free Press.More