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

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.


Think carefully before posting the ‘final word’

May 9, 2016

A mayor takes issue with an editorial that criticized a city council action, calling your facts into question. Irate parents challenge your decision—your right—to report their son didn’t dress for the basketball game because he was suspended for violating school policy. A pastor is critical of an ad you accepted for publication, saying it was in poor taste.


Rural communities might not know their local hospitals are in trouble

May 9, 2016

If your rural hospital is in trouble, it’s not alone. At least 66 rural hospitals have closed in the last six years, because of a combination of factors, such as changes in federal reimbursement and patients’ increasing preference for larger hospitals. About 300 are in financial straits, states the National Rural Health Association.


GA twice-weekly fights for its community

May 9, 2016

JESUP, GA—If it is a newspaper’s duty to print the news and raise hell, the Press-Sentinel of Jesup, GA, is answering the call and rattling Satan’s rafters over a proposed coal-ash dump at the county landfill.


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