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Giving your sources a preview of the story

August 8, 2014

It’s probably happened to every journalist as least once. You’ve just completed an interview, one that took an extra coaxing to land. As you’re wrapping up, the subject asks, “Could I see a copy of the story before it goes to print?”

Slimp sees positive signs at newspaper conventions in 2014

August 8, 2014

A colleague just walked into my office with a big grin on his face.

Affordable page-design help is out there

August 8, 2014

So you’ve spent most of the week running around town covering the school board and chamber of commerce: peeked into the police station to gather the police blotter and filled the memory card on your digital camera with local faces. Now you’re back at the office hammering out stories, choosing photos and putting the finishing touches on local ads.

Hard work still required: American legends

August 8, 2014

It’s an American legend—the mom and pop newspaper.

‘We need to stay relevant’

August 8, 2014

Sol Lewis was a popular and talented writer for the New York World newspaper in New York City, when he “jumped deliberately to a town of 1,500 population, Lynden, WA, to become owner and editor of the Lynden Tribune,” according to an article in The American Magazine, an early 20th century periodical.

Moderate to good market activity for mid- and small-market buys

August 8, 2014

Newspaper merger and acquisition activity was steady in 2013, and this trend has continued through the second quarter of 2014, with newspapers coming into the market finding buyers.

Searching for winning photo of golfer ends in defeat

July 8, 2014

I would never have dreamed it in 1975 when, in the dead of winter, I moved from balmy Columbia, SC, to frigid Campbellsville, KY, and rented an $80-a-month farmhouse.

Women use smartphones more than men to read news found within social media

July 8, 2014

Women are much more likely than men to read news stories found within social media on their smartphones, according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Reducing print days is detrimental to a newspaper’s financial health

June 9, 2014

I asked my new friend, Kevin Schwartz, to coauthor a column about the trend of college newspapers toward reducing print days or moving away from print to digital. Kevin is going to hate that I told you this, but College Media Matters recently referred to Kevin as “Dean of the College Media Business.” He knows his stuff.

Family Reading Night: The Joy of Reading

June 9, 2014

Each year on the first Friday in March, hundreds of people squeeze into the middle school in Washington, MO, to celebrate the simple pleasure of hearing a book read.

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