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

Keep the Newsprint Coming to Community Newspapers: An Action Plan

March 26, 2018

Educate yourself and your staff first about newsprint tariffs.

Give readers what they need and want

May 4, 2018

One of the wisest comments I ever heard from a newspaper editor was from my friend John Nelson, editorial director of Landmark Community Newspapers. It went something like this: “We need to give readers what they want, but we must also give them what they need—and make them want what they need.”

The importance of editorial cartoons in community newspapers

May 4, 2018

Editors have a love-hate relationship with editorial cartoons, so I’d like to be the one to spread the love.

Tariffs affect more than newspapers

April 9, 2018

As newspaper publishers worried about tariffs on newsprint, farmers and others in rural America worried about tariffs on other products that could spark a trade war. The Rural Blog is keeping its readers current on trade and many other issues; here’s a sampling of stories from the last couple of months.

8 ways to promote community journalism in local classrooms

March 14, 2018

The Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of Iowa’s Storm Lake Times has a blunt assessment of print journalism as we know it.

Minister offers free column on faith

March 14, 2018

Dr. William Holland, a Christian minister, author, and community chaplain based in central Kentucky, writes the weekly faith/lifestyle column, “Living on Purpose.” His work does not contain local content but rather he writes about everyday life and uses inspiring stories that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Rural issues a good place to look for content

March 14, 2018

Sixteen months ago, Donald J. Trump surprised most of the world and probably himself by winning the presidential election. He couldn’t have done it without rural America.

Serial story seeks to help deaf community

March 14, 2018

Janie Lancaster has created a low-cost, educational project for the deaf community, which she says is an under-served part of the population.

Self-syndicated column provides advice to parents

March 14, 2018

Are you confused by the “new” way of teaching promoted through standards set by the government and educators? Are you frustrated trying to help your children with their homework? Are you disappointed/surprised with what they are learning? Are you feeling unsure about your role as parent in a rapidly changing world? Are you turning to your smartphone for answers and consolation? Bette Mroz says she can help with her advice column.

Serial story about polar bear cub available to NNA members

March 14, 2018

Newspaper people are always on the lookout for relevant, interesting and compelling content. The National Newspaper Association Foundation and the Missouri Press Foundation have helped for 10 years by teaming up to produce an annual, free serial story.

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