Resources

Webinar: Communicating and Collaborating Across Generations

With the country’s changing demographics – the workplace is different than five, 10 and 15 years ago. 
Learning objectives for the day:
- Understanding the different generations
- Old School, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millenniums or Gen Y
- Techniques on creating a more productive workplace
- How to communicate effectively with each generation
- Techniques on what motivates each generation

6 ways to spread facts

The simple but frustrating truth is that facts alone are not enough to convince people. Even the most thorough, accurate piece of reporting might still be trumped by a poorly reasoned and false counterargument. Therefore, it's crucial to understand how to publish persuasive factual journalism.

Poynter's coffee break course, 6 ways to spread facts, offers tips for using facts to persuade.

Check out the link here.  

Headliners Foundation offers FOI grants

AUSTIN — Community news organizations in Texas may be better equipped to pursue enterprise journalism with a new program by the Headliners Foundation of Texas to help reimburse the high costs of obtaining public records. 
“We have a history of support for Texas journalism,” said Mark Morrison, chair of the Headliners Foundation. “We hope this innovative approach will make a difference in smaller communities where it is needed.”

Improve writing with these four tips

Four simple ways to improve writing are featured in a blog post from the Texas Center for Community Journalism at Texas Christian University.

While community newspapers don't have pots of money to use for redesigns or new equipment and software... "the good news is that there are somethings you can do to improve writing, no matter what your resources or the expertise of your reporters. Now bear in mind, we would all like to do so much more, but here’s a place to begin, something that any newspaper can do, beginning today," Dr. Tommy Thomason points out.

Ten steps to successful magazine development

Leonard Woolsey, president and publisher of the Galveston County Daily News, shares ten steps to successful magazine development.
1. Identify your niche: No need to be No. 3 in a three-horse race. Bring something new and interesting to the market. If lifestyle is already done with two competitors beating each other up, you might consider looking for an overlooked category. Health, parenting, even dining are easy to access entry points. 

Eight ways to write shorter stories

Do you feel (or your readers) feel as though your stories drag on too long? Do you struggle getting to the point of the story? Story length is a function of focus. When you (or your editor or teacher) has a keen understanding of the what the story is about, it will be easier to revise your work.

Check out the full story and how to take an online coffee break course at Poynter News University.

Assessing your community newspaper

Ideas for assessing the impact of a community newspaper were shared by UT instructor Griff Singer at the recent Texas Press Midwinter Conference and Trade Show.

Singer discussed ways editors and publishers can “audit” their newspapers, looking at the number and kinds of stories published, editing of submitted content, how council and board meetings are covered, the number of photos, how they are displayed and whether people shown are identified.