Things designers don't want to hear 6/11/19

By Ed Henninger

Over the next few months, I'm offering some of my best columns from the past few years.

This one focuses on things designers hear that drive them nuts.


A checklist can minimize risks for journalists covering natural disasters 5/28/19

By Elli Fitzgerald, Kaixin Liu and Blythe Nebeker

Newsrooms need plans for covering natural disasters, and coming up with them before the next fire or storm will make a stressful situation simpler.

As part of their capstone project, three convergence journalism students studied disaster plans at The Associated Press and other newsrooms across the country.

Read about some of the recommendations they found.


Simple ways to build trust? Apparently NOT 5/21/19

Studies from the Media Insight Project, Trusting News and others show that audiences put their trust in the news depending on certain factors that are present within the organization. In order to uncover where news outlets are on target or lacking in these factors, Discovery Fellow Taylor Gion from the University of Missouri did some research with new sites across the country.


Is your 'designer' a designer? 5/14/19

By Ed Henninger

COME JUNE 1, I will have spent 30 years as a newspaper consultant. That's a long time. I'll be retiring at the end of this year ... perhaps sooner.

It's time for me to turn my attention more toward Julia and my family ... and the pursuits that bring me joy.

Over for the next few months, I'm offering some of my best columns from the past few years.

Here's one that focuses on designers.


Short Takes: Lessons from a failed newsletter in how to engage with your audience 5/14/19

By Quinn Ritzdorf, a convergence journalism student at the University of Missouri

Read what one student learned from a failed newsletter at a newspaper he interned at this semester. “I may have learned far more about audience engagement through the struggles than I would have if the newsletter succeeded,” he said. “I was forced to be creative, to do whatever I had to lure and keep the audience engaged and coming back for more. In some ways, we did just that, even though we ran out of time.”


Brehm Communications signs with Presteligence for My News 360 platform 4/22/19

Six publications owned by Brehm Communications have deployed Presteligence's My News 360 platform for their editorial front-end system, website, e-edition and mobile apps.


What to do with too many images 4/16/19

By Edward McCain, digital curator of journalism, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Getting rid of the bad stuff isn't easy. Going through 1,000 or 10,000 "outtakes" of photos requires people and time. Can we create a system that automatically disposes of lower quality images while keeping enough so that an editor has flexibility in future publishing?


AI isn't taking journalists' jobs. It is making them smarter and more efficient 4/16/19

By Jim Flink, consultant to the Reynolds Journalism Institute

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are already transforming news operations in ways unimaginable even several months ago, much of it transformative and positive. Among the changes AI is helping implement: Customized content, improved reader/viewer/listener/user relationships, moderating and policing comment sections, and creating more efficient workflows.


Shorter is better 4/16/19

By Ed Henninger

So ... how does design affect readability? And how does writing affect design?

Take a look at the two stories in the illustration with this column. Which do you think will be read by more readers?

Well, the one on the right, of course!

The short paragraphs make that story more appealing because readers understand a simple truth about writing: Shorter is better.


AP to fact-check video, Spanish-language content on Facebook 4/9/19

The Associated Press is expanding its robust efforts to debunk false and misleading information, including in video and Spanish-language content appearing on Facebook.

With a focus on Spanish-language text, photos and video seen by a U.S. audience, AP will debunk misinformation and publish corresponding fact checks in Spanish. AP is the first fact-checker in Facebook's program to focus on content consumed by Spanish speakers in the U.S.