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

5 tips for mining news from the SEC every business journalist should know

February 4, 2016

Here are five tips every business journalist should know when dealing with SEC records.


Ask the question and deliver the chicken dinner

February 4, 2016

It makes little difference whether a newspaper serves 1,500 or 200,000 readers. Newspapers must connect with readers—their customers—if they are to remain relevant.


OR weekly strives to maintain normal news coverage

February 4, 2016

Social media devotees have had a field day with the small army of militiamen who are occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, OR, to protest the imprisonment of a pair of local ranchers for committing arson on federal lands.


Never underestimate the power of a verb

January 13, 2016

I have a hard time remembering movie titles. When someone asks if I’ve seen a certain movie, I have to ask what it’s about and who is in it before I can recall it. I get people’s names wrong, too. Even my own kids’. I’m always calling one or another of them “Rhian-Alyss-Logan!” I’ve called each of my dogs “Maggie-Bailey-Ozzie!” They don’t seem to mind.


Does your newspaper have fleas?

November 2, 2015

If you’re scratching your head or any other body part, a flea in a newspaper is one of those little goofs or bad habits that irritates readers no end.


Legislature makes news even during recess

September 8, 2015

It’s March 1. The Legislature is in full swing. Your newsroom is primed to follow every twist and turn in the legislative hallways. As the saying goes, “The lawmakers are back. Protect your pocketbooks.” Newsrooms are on full alert to follow and translate the impact of legislative decisions on your readers’ everyday lives.


There are a host of stories for going back to school

September 8, 2015

School is back in session, providing lots of opportunities for stories about topics that are of major interest to local newspaper readers. The Rural Blog had stories recently about some national trends that could be showing up in your schools, and elsewhere.


Maps and charts make for interesting stories

August 1, 2015

It’s been a great summer for interactive maps and county-level data on The Rural Blog at


Defeat your fear of punctuation

July 6, 2015

Are you afraid of semicolons? How about colons? I once knew someone who would not say the word “colon” when talking about punctuation because, in her mind, it conjured up images of human posterior anatomy, and that embarrassed her. This person was an editor—a job that pretty much requires the use of the word “colon” now and then.

Editorial page intended to spur discussion

July 6, 2015

Why would a Minnesota community newspaper reprint editorials from out-of-state newspapers, even a letter from a Texas resident—especially on a topic that likely could draw sharp response from local readers?

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