Guides for enhancing and extending your resources for reporting, editorial, photojournalism and other content generating areas.

Apps that will help in covering the news

April 2, 2015

When I sent out a daily update for The Rural Blog, then turned to write this column, I was interrupted by a reply from one of my helpers, who said, “Excellent guide to critical thinking.” I told him that’s what we try to be, and that day’s blog items were particularly rich with help for journalists, so that’s what this column is about, using examples of resources that we’ve highlighted on the blog.

Connect with readers; deliver what your community wants

April 2, 2015

There’s nothing more satisfying 

Good grammar can be deceptively simple

February 26, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring. It seems a long way off, and I’m becoming increasingly impatient. My covered-for-the-winter 1950s lime-green metal porch glider is calling my name. It has springs and cushions that make it so comfortable, its rhythmic rocking can lull you to sleep faster than you can say, “summer breeze.”

Who’s on your obituary site?

February 26, 2015

Did you know that 10 percent of obituary site visitors are veterans? That women make up 70 percent of visitors, or that you have as many visitors under the age of 34 as you do who are over 65? At, we did some digging to find who is visiting obituary sites. 

Obit platforms designed to speed process

February 26, 2015

Having already lost billions in classifieds, newspaper publishers are ramping up digital efforts to secure their share of the burgeoning online obituary business.

Finding dollars beyond the obituaries

February 26, 2015

Newspapers can generate exceptional additional advertising revenue with an annual estate and funeral-planning guide.

Emotionally charged deaths require careful handling

February 26, 2015

As newspaper editors and reporters, we have our fair share of accidents to cover. Many times they are fairly basic and other times they are more complicated. But once in a while, we have a more high-profile accident to cover.

Apply your journalistic skills to obits

February 26, 2015

The easiest way to write an obituary on deadline is to knock out a chronological resumé with a few quotes from the family thrown in.

Getting Paid for Obits: Improves Readership

February 26, 2015

Approximately 75 percent of community newspapers now charge for obituaries.

The secret to content is making it local and personal

February 16, 2015

Whenever the conversation turns to printed newspaper versus. digital publication, my comment is always the same: The delivery platform isn’t as important as the information being delivered.

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