SNPA papers hold fast to protocols that guard against fake news 5/23/17

By Christy Oglesby, Special to the SNPA eBulletin

Like other mainstream newspapers, the Hope Star and the Times Free Press in Chattanooga hold fast to protocols that guard against the publication of fake news. Some require a minimum of three named sources for every story. Others forbid unnamed sources. Period.

With the introduction of "fake news" and "alternative facts" into the nation's lexicon, those reporting guidelines are what distinguish these newspapers from news outlets that operate without them.

From Alaska to Pennsylvania and all points in between, reputable newspapers strive to eschew fast and first to deliver only facts.


In the political fray, don't guess at motives - debate the facts 5/23/17

By Steve Gray, vice president of strategy and innovation, Morris Communications

In the superheated political atmosphere that surrounds us, a basic lesson in journalism that I learned as a young editorial writer could help the media cool things down.


AP collaborates with SAM to launch AP Social Newswire 5/22/17

The Associated Press will work with social media management platform SAM to launch the AP Social Newswire, a feed of user-generated content (UGC) being vetted and verified by AP's social media experts and editors across the globe.

The AP Social Newswire will allow customers to discover and inspect user-generated content as it comes into the AP newsroom, offering real-time access to the news agency's UGC verification process through the SAM platform.


60 inches? No visual? Unacceptable 5/9/17

By Ed Henninger

Poll after study after survey tells us readers will not read a story that's more than 15-20 inches long. They just won't.

So, what do you think they'll do with a story that's 60 inches long? With no visual.


Why the bitter U.S. political divide? Blame the digital information explosion 4/25/17

By Steve Gray, vice president of strategy and innovation, Morris Communications

My son asked me some tough questions recently:

"Do you share this sense that, increasingly, there are two bubbles in America, and that neither has much real interest in learning about the other's perspective? Or maybe that doing so is actually approaching impossibility because of the fact that we're geographically and socially and economically so separated?

"And if so ... is there anything we can do about it?"

In my latest blog post, I did my best to answer him.

Read Steve Gray's column


View early entries in the SNPA Photo/Video Contest 4/25/17

View early entries in the SNPA Photo / Video Contest at this link.


Hold editorials to highest standard 4/25/17

By Jim Pumarlo

A common element to the most effective editorials is that they leave an impression or prompt a reaction. In contrast, nondescript editorials are easily forgotten.


LNP Media launches The Caucus to cover state government 4/18/17

By Sean Stroh, Editor & Publisher

When members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly returned to Harrisburg in January, a brand new print publication was waiting for them on their desks.

The first edition of The Caucus investigated why state employees who have been convicted of serious crimes, including homicide, are still collecting their pensions.

The Caucus, a weekly newspaper published by LNP Media Group, was formally launched on Jan. 3 to act as a watchdog of the state's government through longform investigative reporting and analysis.


25 rules for good design 4/11/17

By Ed Henninger

Here are 25 rules of news design that Ed Henninger teaches. There are more ... but these are among those he considers more important.


SCS and Presteligence announce joint venture 4/10/17

Presteligence and Software Consulting Services, LLC, have announced a collaborative venture.

The first joint project is the integration between SCS's Scoop newsroom system with Presteligence's My News 360 web content management system for digital delivery to web and apps. The two systems seamlessly "talk" to each other in real time so a story's edits, assets and tags can be retrieved from any system at any time.