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Articles from Vol. 152, No. 4, April

25 UNDER 35: The Next Generation of Newspaper Leaders Wants to Keep the Industry Moving
As our industry continues to transform and shift, one thing remains the same: the amount of talent growing in our news rooms. This year's list of young newspaper professionals moving our industry m forward showcases a wide range of skills. From technology...
Accelerating Digital Growth: Canadian Media Outlets Collaborate to Tackle the Biggest Challenges in the Industry
These days, it's not uncommon for newspapers to work together and collaborate, but now, digital news media outlets are following the same path. Last summer, Canadian digital news media company The Discourse began to examine what was working in Canada...
Analytics with a Shelf Life: Why Newsroom Metrics Should Have an Expiration Date
You get what you measure. Count the number of bylines a newspaper reporter produces, and you'll likely get more bylines. Track page views closely, and your newsroom will be far more attune to what is driving page views and how to get more of them....
Asking for Directions: Is There a Way for Publishers to Predict Referral Web Traffic?
In journalism today, it often feels like we're addicted to trying to squeeze web traffic from the shiny new object of the month. From Pinterest to Linkedin to Snapchat to Reddit, we're constantly presented with new platforms we hope to exploit for...
Critical Thinking: J-School Students and Industry Vets Tackle the Tough Questions
Q: "The Washington Post reportedly spent about $10 million for a Super Bowl commercial this year. Was it a wise way to invest in journalism, or should the money have been invested in their employees?" A: If you managed to sit through a snoozer of...
DIGITAL MEDIA MELTDOWN: Between Laying off Hundreds and Losing Web Traffic and Dollars, What Does the Future of News Look like Now?
"I am laid off. I put up my little lay-off tweet and watch my mentions, inbox, private messages, and WhatsApp go straight to hell. Mostly people are very nice, and send their well wishes and job suggestions." That's what Emily Tamkin wrote in her...
Fighting Child Poverty: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Tells the Story of a Community in Need
One of the most important missions for newspapers is to give a voice to the voiceless. At the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the paper has turned its attention to one of those communities in need of help: children living in poverty. The result was a series...
Finding Solutions: Why the IndyStar Is Working on a Year-Long Project Centered on Violence
Not so long ago, violence was ubiquitous in the media. For the IndyStar newsroom, it remains a problem that needs a solution. Last year, Ryan Martin, public safety reporter, and James Briggs, city hall reporter, pitched the idea to the newsroom...
Journalism's Dunbar Number
News is not the best business model. It is expensive to gather, risky to publish and it depreciates in value faster than an ice cube on a summer day. But newspapers managed to make a great living at it, for years. Thanks to the advertising business....
Paper or Plastic?
When I was sixteen, I got my very first job, bagging groceries. I learned to keep cold items together, separate the household purchases from the food and compactly pack everything into a bag like I was playing Tetris. Today, I pretty much still do...
Power in Numbers: Texas Newspapers Expose Southern Baptist Church Leaders and Volunteers Involved in Sexual Misconduct
By pulling on a thread, reporters at the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News were able to unravel 20 years of sexual abuse and misconduct that took place within the Southern Baptist church. Their findings appeared in Abuse of Faith, a...
STOP NAMING KILLERS: Why the Press Should Stop Giving Mass Shooters Publicity
Alex Teves was born in suburban New Jersey, moved to Phoenix as a youngster, earned his master's degree in Denver and was shot to death in a movie theater in 2012 in Aurora, Colo., while shielding his girlfriend from a man on a killing spree. About...
TAKING INVENTORY OF CRITICAL ONSITE PARTS: When Is a Single Point of Failure Going to Make You Pay?
We've all had them: the restless nights tossing and turning thinking about if that certain weak critical part is going to make it through the press run or not. Unfortunately, very few of us are lucky enough to have a backup press on site. Some of us...
Transforming Your Business: More Than 700 Industry Leaders Attend Mega-Conference in Las Vegas
The stakes were high at this year's Key Executives Mega-Conference in Las Vegas Feb. 25-27. More than 700 news industry leaders attended the show, hosted by the Inland Press Association, Local Media Association, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association...
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