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.

A culture-based strategy for innovation in news organizations

A culture-based strategy for creating innovation in news organizations BY JEFF SONDERMAN AND TOM ROSENSTIEL PUBLISHED 05/27/15 6:00 AM For journalism it truly is the best of times and the worst of times. The best, in that never has there been more opportunity for creative storytelling, audience expansion, and crafting or grasping new digital tools for whatever needs arise. The worst, in that news organizations are often unable to seize the opportunities at their fingertips.

Free workshop focuses on covering rural America - June 19, 2015

Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2015 06/19/15     Fort Worth, TX Free workshop focuses on covering rural America AHCJ’s eighth Rural Health Journalism Workshop will bring journalists together with health care and policy experts who focus on the medical challenges of rural areas. Leave with a better understanding of what’s happening – or will be happening – in rural regions, and return to work with dozens of story ideas you can pursue.

Reporters Committee apps | Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

  The Reporters Committee has published four mobile apps for iOS, Android and Kindle devices, designed to give on-the-spot resources to reporters who may have legal questions or encounter roadblocks while on assignment. All are free to download and use. First Aid, released in 2012, covers a range of issues reporters may encounter while covering the news. It was developed with support from the Stanton Foundation.

The goat factor: Map shows number of goats in every U.S. county as of 2012 USDA census

The goat factor: Map shows number of goats in every U.S. county as of 2012 USDA census Schleicher County, Texas, had 21,935 goats in 2012; Coconino County, Arizona, had 12,264; Wilson County, Tennessee, had 3,837; Polk County, Florida, had 2,237 and Bottineau County, North Dakota, didn't have a single goat, according to a The Washington Post county-by-county interactive map of where all 2,621,514 goats in the U.S. in 2012, the year of the most recent USDA Agricultural Census, were located.