Report for America: a community service-based model for saving local journalism - Columbia Journalism Review

It’s time for a dramatic new approach grounded in community service. In a new report underwritten by the Ford Foundation that will be released tomorrow at Montclair State’s Engage Local conference, I attempt to draw lessons from a world not usually thought relevant to journalism: the three-decades-old movement of national and community service programs such as AmeriCorps, City Year, and Teach for America.

How Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers Get Political News | Pew Research Center

When it comes to where younger Americans get news about politics and government, social media look to be the local TV of the Millennial generation. About six-in-ten online Millennials (61%) report getting political news on Facebook in a given week, a much larger percentage than turn to any other news source, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. This stands in stark contrast to internet-using Baby Boomers, for whom local TV tops the list of sources for political news at nearly the same reach (60%).

Creative Story Ideas for Covering Water Issues

Water is an issue that touches every community. That's why it is worth watching how other newsrooms are covering water debates around the country. Two recent pieces have employed really creative strategies for covering water issues and engaging their communities. At Longreads Susie Cagle takes an illustrated journalism approach to reporting on the California drought. And ProPublica's package on the Colorado River weaves together data, maps, photos and clever "what you need to know" cards.

2015 AP Stylebook adds more than 300 new or revised entries

The Associated Press today released the 2015 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, which includes about 300 new or revised entries. Stylebook editors worked with AP Assistant Sports Editor Oskar Garcia to completely review and update the sports chapter, with guidance and input from AP sports editor Michael Giarrusso. It includes updates on baseball, basketball, football, horse racing, soccer and winter sports. For the first time, an 85-page index has been added to the back of the Stylebook so that users can more quickly find words and definitions.