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

Meeting deadline! Learning to get along at crunch time

January 5, 2017

A few years ago, I spent several days with a newspaper in Tennessee. They were converting from an editorial workflow based on QuarkXPress to InDesign and asked if I would be on hand when they sent their first issue using the new system to press. There wasn’t much for me to do while the staff cranked out pages. I was simply there to look over the PDF files before they went to press.


Trump presidency promises big things

December 7, 2016

Rural votes played a big role in Donald Trump’s victory, and he plans some big changes that will have a big impact in rural communities.


Know when it’s time for new hardware and software

December 7, 2016

While in Minnesota recently, I had an assignment similar to assignments I’ve had many times during the past 20 years: to spend a day with a small community newspaper group, meet with the management and staff individually, then propose two optional plans with the same goal in mind.


Don’t close the books on 2016 elections just yet

November 1, 2016

Most newsrooms likely can’t wait for Nov. 9. Tracking the twists and turns of this year’s historic presidential race for readers has stretched resources to the limit.


Learning what I can from really smart people

November 1, 2016

I live a charmed life. Recently, I spent four days with nine of the top newspaper experts in the business, along with journalists from 22 states at The Newspaper Institute in Knoxville, TN.


Don’t ignore reporting on deaths from overdoses

November 1, 2016

A question. If a person in your community died for any of the following reasons, would you report how it happened, including the name of the deceased?


Grammar is not for the spatially challenged

October 27, 2016

I affectionately refer to my dad and older brother as “gear-heads.” They are spatially aware and mechanically inclined, evidenced by their love for all things with motors and moving parts and their propensity for fixing motors and parts, in spite of not having formal education as mechanics. Maybe a little of that has rubbed off on me.


Election night: It’s more than votes and quotes

October 27, 2016

What’s the most immediate news of elections? It’s not a trick question—the numbers.


Keeping an eye on trends and issues

October 27, 2016

At The Rural Blog, we watch events and issues, but we also watch trends and ideas in rural America—especially those that offer opportunities for localizing stories. We’ve had several examples lately.


Check out the county breakdowns on interesting subjects

July 6, 2016

The Rural Blog has had a big basket of interesting and useful stories recently. Let’s see how many we can cram into one column.


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