What she said 10/10/16

By Ed Henninger

Renée Tanner is a designer at the News-Review in Petoskey, Mich. A few years ago, Renée and I got to know each other well as we worked together on a redesign of the News-Review.

It was a delight working with Renée because she was bright, quick and ready to learn. The News-Review is a better newspaper because of Renée’s work and I’m happy to see that.

Renée also writes a column for the News-Review. A few weeks ago, she sent me a link to that column along with this note: “Hello Ed. I think you would appreciate my column this week, for you inspired much of it.”

What Renée wrote goes to the heart of how and why we do news design.

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Keeping community newspapers relevant 10/4/16

By Mary Ann DeSantis, Special to the SNPA eBulletin

Inventor Johannes Gutenberg failed 20 times when creating the printing press, but he saw its value. In comparison, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had followers within six hours because he understood social media's value.

The message that community newspapers also add great value to communities was one that presenter Penelope Muse Abernathy stressed during her "Thriving in a Networked Age" session at the 2016 News Industry Summit, held in September in Sarasota, Fla.

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The Sun-Sentinel became more digital by getting rid of digital 9/26/16

By Mary Ann DeSantis, Special to the SNPA eBulletin

South Florida's Sun-Sentinel has been cited as having one of the country's most innovative newsrooms when it comes to integrating digital and print journalism. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Howard Saltz told attendees at the 2016 News Industry Summit how getting rid of the newspaper's separate digital "team" resulted in a forward-thinking, fully integrated newsroom with a "reader-first" mentality.

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Using data visualization to tell a story 9/26/16

By Mary Ann DeSantis, Special to the SNPA eBulletin

Reporting data can often be boring for readers but it doesn't have to be, according to three up-and-coming journalists who presented a Data Visualization session at the recent News Industry Summit. Eli Murray and Nathaniel Lash, both of the Tampa Bay Times, along with Kara Dapena of the Miami Herald explained how data visualization provides insights to stories and offered tips for finding the right tools and people.

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Writing for mobile is easy, so why aren't we doing it? 9/20/16

By Jean Hodges, senior director of content, GateHouse Media

GateHouse Media has focused a lot of energy this year on serving its mobile audience. They've talked about blowing up traditional storytelling for some types of stories in favor of alternative story forms that work well on mobile. This article looks at how some traditional news websites (websites that grew out of print) handle stories as part of the mobile web experience.

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Attracting non-readers takes a maestro 9/19/16

By Mary Ann DeSantis, Special to the SNPA eBulletin

Author and presenter Tim Harrower knows how to capture an audience's attention. His colorful and eye-catching visuals during his Writing for Non-Readers sessions at the News Industry Summit captivated writers, editors and designers looking for ideas to engage more readers, especially those who are typically non-readers.

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NEWSCYCLE Solutions announces digital content management system release 9/12/16

NEWSCYCLE's ONSET 2016-2 includes an integrated Slack messaging tool, digital content placement options and URL tracking features.

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No cartoon? No problem! 9/12/16

By Ed Henninger

Many community newspapers I've seen (and I've seen hundreds!) struggle to find a visual element to place on the opinion page.

As result, they'll often place an editorial cartoon on the page that really has little interest for – or impact on – readers. They are there to be ... well ... there.

Here are three better ideas!

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How to approach mobile storytelling: Keep it simple 8/30/16

By Jean Hodges, senior director of content, GateHouse Media

When you have a tiny screen – and a mobile phone is diminutive compared to desktop – you have a bit of a challenge when it comes to storytelling. Namely, you've got to keep things simple.

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Use digital tools to enhance, not replace, tenets of solid reporting 8/30/16

By Jim Pumarlo

Meeting reader needs requires editors and reporters to multitask, and challenges are ratcheted up in today's digital newsroom. Here are a handful of elements – and accompanying digital tools – for ensuring your news product remains relevant to your readers and advertisers.

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