Digital Media

The Eagle wins 22 awards in state contest

The Blue Mountain Eagle was recognized as one of the top weekly newspapers in Oregon, earning 22 awards in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest. The contest was judged by personnel from newspapers in Pennsylvania, and the Eagle competed against weeklies that distribute 2,001-3,000 copies. The Eagle earned five first-place, eight second-place and […]

EO Media Group wins national award for digital innovation

  EO Media Group’s marketplace platform was named Best New Digital Initiative by Local Media Association, a national organization that serves more than 2,400 media companies. The award, announced Feb. 1, was the result of the association’s Digital Innovation Contest. More than 80 different companies submitted hundreds of entries. The faculty at the University of […]

ProPublica and Google release a tipsheet tool for political stories

The new Election DataBot from ProPublica and Google News Lab is designed to give you tools to localize campaign stories.

Facebook tweak emphasizes friends over publishers

Facebook’s recent change to its News Feed algorithm is likely to impact the reach of our pages. But engaging content will continue to rise to the top. Here are some insights into the change and ideas for making engaging posts.

Mobile audience and attention spans

Newsrooms everywhere rejoiced when Pew Research Center revealed that mobile readers will stick with long stories. As audiences shift to mobile, here’s some tips to keeping them engaged on longer stories. Is it OK to write a really long story? Answer: write only what the story merits and not a word more. In fact, if you are […]

Add a little sound to your story

One of the lesser-known tools developed by the amazing folks at Northwestern University’s Knight Lab allows you to add inline audio. So, as you’re reading a quote from a 911 call, you can click on the words and you actually hear that bit of the call. Chilling. The tool, SoundCite, can be used to include ambient […]

Make a Google map with layers you can turn off and on

By NICOLE SIMMONS Reprinted from Gatehouse Newsroom blog Each pinpoint color represents a different grouping of years. You can select/deselect from the left rail to filter what you see. A map that shows locations over time benefit from the user being able to pick which units of time they see on the map. Here’s how […]

Social media best practices from A/B test

Many newspapers have gone through various forms of A/B testing on social media, which services that provide this A/B testing are expensive. Luckily many of them shared their results and offer the following best practices that they learned. Use text overlay on photos. This is something that more and more news media sites are doing […]

Social media tips for reporters

Using social media first and foremost as a branding and engagement tool is key for reporters. Journalism professor at the University of Texas, Robert Quigley, provides the following social media tips for reporters. Don’t limit yourself to driving traffic: Driving traffic back to your news site is overemphasized as the justification for investing in social media […]

Facebook’s NewsFeed now favors ‘Time Spent Viewing’ and ‘Diversity of Posts’

The most recent tweaks to the EdgeRank algorithm should have some impact on how our audiences receive our posts.