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

Two-thirds of U.S. counties have no daily newspaper, and scores have no paper at all, study finds

October 31, 2018

More than 1,300 American communities have completely lost local news coverage since 2004, says an ongoing study at the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism.

What did the voters really say?

October 31, 2018

Midterm elections always draw scrutiny. Will the president’s performance help or hurt his party at the polls? The question is especially center stage this year after President Donald Trump’s first two years in office. His presidency has spurred political passion among his supporters and opponents alike.

Building an unbeatable team of freelancers

October 31, 2018

Between Monday night meetings and Friday night lights, newspapers with tiny staffs often struggle to cover everything. Some communities have more than one high school with multiple teams playing on game day. Local government loves to meet on Mondays.

5 ways to make your obits a growth driver

October 31, 2018

Obituaries are the most viewed section of the newspaper. Why? Because people’s life stories matter.

Re-imagining local journalism through partnerships and collaboration

October 31, 2018

Although a thriving partnership between online news site Charlottesville Tomorrow and The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress is bringing enhanced reporting on local issues to the newspaper and credibility for the online site, the real winners in this collaboration are readers and their communities.

Assume the attitude of a lifelong learner

October 22, 2018

More art than science. More craft than vocation. More a calling than a profession.

Fact checking is important during campaigns

October 22, 2018

For the next month, most community newspapers will be busy covering election campaigns, and most of those will limit their coverage to local races. But state and federal offices are also on the ballot, and nationally, the mid-term elections are shaping up as a referendum on one of the most controversial presidents ever. That could have a spillover effect on state and even local races.

Newsrooms have traditionally been open to the public

August 30, 2018

This is adapted from remarks at “Journalists in the hot seat: Staying safe in a hostile political climate,” a panel discussion at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications convention in Washington on Aug. 9. (The discussion was telecast on C-SPAN and is available at

Caring for our readers

August 30, 2018

Editor Jerry Bellune and I go w-a-y back. We’ve known each other since the mid-’90s, when we worked together to breathe new life into a group of newspapers in New Jersey.

Six essential steps to trend reporting

August 30, 2018

A major goal of news reporting is to keep readers abridged of things, so it makes sense that uncovering and understanding trends should be part of any writer’s toolbox.

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