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I’m always striving to be better

November 2, 2015

This weekend, I will have the opportunity to travel to St. Charles, MO, for the 129th annual convention of the National Newspaper Association. While there, I will be honored with the Daniel M. Phillips Leadership Award, which recognizes a journalist under the age of 40 who contributes admirably to both their industry and their community.


Lessons learned over decades of newspapering

November 2, 2015

Sincere thanks to the National Newspaper Association board and committees for selecting me as winner of the Emma C. McKinney Award. A special thanks to the talented writers and friends who wrote nomination letters.


‘The blue sky turned black— ash and soot rained down’

November 2, 2015

The images of the giant Washington fire on the Omak-Okanogan Chronicle’s Facebook page and Twitter feed are dramatic.


‘It was up to the Ark staff to help the public know’

September 8, 2015

When it comes to practicing journalism, Kevin Hessel is a purist.


Newspaper training experiment a success

August 1, 2015

This week ended the “great experiment.”

Connecting with your community through a weekly column

August 1, 2015

One of the best pieces of advice offered me when my wife, Connie, and I started The N’West Iowa REVIEW came from the editor of the newspaper where we printed: “You need to write a weekly column,” he told me, “You need to let your readers know who you are and what you believe.”

Don’t talk to this editor about Buzzfeed

August 1, 2015

Abigail Whitehouse does not think print is dead. 

How 3 Vermont newspapers keep the presses rolling

August 1, 2015

You’d have to be living under a rock to have missed the media news of the decade: Newspapers are struggling to survive in a world of readers who believe good journalism should be free—and delivered to their cellphones.

School stories can be hot topics for the fall

July 6, 2015

School’s out, but it will resume next month, and recently The Rural Blog has had several items about education that could be localized or used as stories.

‘I saw firsthand the good a newspaper can do’

July 6, 2015

Like many kids who grow up with a newspaper in their family, Jace Ponder spent Friday nights photographing football games with his dad, Randy Ponder, editor and publisher of the Sea Coast Echo in Bay St. Louis, MS.

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