With Rover, David Arkin takes a mobile-first, enjoyable approach to local news 5/22/18

By Tom Grubisich (reprinted from Street Fight)

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."

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Jumping inside 5/22/18

By Ed Henninger

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.

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UF, News Integrity Initiative partner to assist newsrooms in increasing media trust 5/1/18

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.

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There's just over a week to submit your Photo Contest entries 4/27/18

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.

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AP launches Playbook editorial planning solution 4/10/18

The Associated Press has introduced a new planning system that allows editorial and corporate newsrooms large and small to effectively and efficiently manage coverage plans and assignments.

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A tale of two ad pages 4/10/18

By Ed Henninger

This ... is the tale of two ad pages – pages that have the same purpose but different approaches.

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Want a sustainable news product? Learn from sports and treat every day with a breaking news attitude 3/26/18

By David Arkin, chief strategy officer, American Hometown Publishing

I can count numerous times in my career when I left a newsroom at the end of the day feeling so great about the future of journalism because of the work my team did covering something big and meaningful. That wasn't always a shooting. It was really about the effort and the journalism and not the topic or the severity of the news.

You need to feel that every day. When I walked into a budget meeting – even when there wasn't breaking news – with a breaking news attitude, the paper was about 1,000 times better that day. It's up to editors, as leaders, to set that tone. I worry that's just not happening enough on a daily basis. You have to create that urgency and excitement. Yes, it's hard out there. But we have to push.

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Ergonomics: How to protect your career from desk injuries 3/5/18


By Jennifer Nelson, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Journalists face a number of risks in their work. Sometimes it’s covering a dangerous news situation like a wildfire or a mass shooting. At other times, it’s a less obvious threat that lurks in the newsroom such as repetitive motion injuries brought on by or made worse by spending a long day in front of a computer. But if journalists recognize the risk factors and take precautionary steps, they can greatly reduce the chances of being injured, say Columbia, Mo., ergonomic specialists, two of which are also physical therapists.

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What a California newspaper is learning as it experiments with podcasting 2/19/18


By Jennifer Nelson, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

A California newspaper is learning as it experiments with podcasting using its existing staff. The Q&A dives into questions like: “What goes into creating a podcast episode?” “What’s the most effective way to promote the podcast?” “What has been the biggest challenge when it came to launching the podcast or continuing to produce the segments?”

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Empty space ... or negative space? 2/12/18

By Ed Henninger

Negative space, just like text, headlines, photos and other design elements, is very much an important part of your design – especially on features pages and photo pages.

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