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

Adverbs sometimes behave badly

April 11, 2014

I have an irrational fear of spiders. Most of them can’t hurt me, but I lash out and kill the poor things every time I see one. I like tarantulas though, despite the fact that they could harm me. Maybe their “fur” disguises them as mammals just enough to fool my subconscious and keep me from panicking.

Withholding public information creates double standard

April 11, 2014

A woman calls to say her son was whisked to the hospital for a routine matter. Must the ambulance run appear in the paper? It causes so many unnecessary phone calls.

Syndicated content vendors say they're here to help

March 6, 2014

The range of offerings from syndicate vendors is vast, from stock photos and clip art to fully prepared special sections. To help Pub Aux readers learn more about what is available and if there were any low cost materials available out there, a survey was sent to vendors asking about their products.

Controversial grammar: like or as?

December 11, 2013

Chocolate is comfort. Rich, dark, high-quality chocolate can relax the mind and soothe the soul. If chocolate is your favorite food, you need to experience Chocolate, the Restaurant in Santa Cruz, CA. It serves decadent chocolate desserts, of course, but they also use chocolate in drinks, appetizers, salads and entrees. If you go, be sure to order the cheese assortment plate, with its profusion of rich, decadent cheeses and sweet strawberries wading in a pool of chocolate-balsamic reduction. There is nothing better on this Earth!

Localize national stories with information maps

December 11, 2013

We’ve had a wealth of information on The Rural Blog recently: a look at new education standards, health-care issues, and several good sources for localizing stories about national issues and trends, including how your local hospitals are doing. Here’s a rundown, with shortened links to our blog items:

Author may be the most revealing part of a letter

November 4, 2013

A reader complained about a published letter that supported teachers in their contract dispute: Did the editor know the writer was the spouse of a teacher? Why wasn’t that noted because the writer has a self-interest in the outcome of negotiations?

Obituaries deserve interesting headlines, too

October 10, 2013

Imagine writing the following headlines for the most important news stories in your paper.

A lesson in reporting tragedy

October 10, 2013

A family’s farm is devastated by a tornado. A reporter is on the scene moments afterward to record the events, including talking with family members.

Find out how many of your neighbors lack health coverage

October 10, 2013

Barring any unlikely, last-minute moves in Washington, people in your community are now checking out the state health-benefits exchanges created under the federal health reform law, and some have likely bought insurance from these online marketplaces—and have probably gotten federal subsidies for it. Or, if your state has expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, they have signed up for that.

Doing more with less; investigative journalism can be done

October 1, 2013

Many newspapers cut back staff because of the poor economy during the last decade. And because of this, investigative journalism suffered—not enough money to fund long-term investigations.

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