Maintaining our commitment to diversity amid the pandemic

In this webinar, Sisi Wei, director of programs at OpenNews, Keith Woods, NPR’s chief diversity officer, and Bill Church, VP of standards and ethics at Gannett, meet to discuss how our organizations can maintain their commitment to diversity and inclusion amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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A discussion of trauma and peer support

In this webinar, Bruce Shapiro of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma delves into trauma and peer support. He examines how traumatic events intersect with our lives as journalists, and how to cope with their effects.


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All you need to know about Parse.ly

In this webinar, reporters recieve an overview of all the things Parse.ly can help them do.


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Why it matters when we publish

Josh Awtry discusses how to optimize your post timing to engage with the widest audience possible. By being deliberate about posting times, your stories can reach further across communities.


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Motivating employees based on potential and performance

Regional editor Michael Anastasi discusses his form of leadership and shows how you can put it to work in your own newsroom.


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RAOOI clinic: Moving from activities to impact

In this webinar, we discuss how we can accurately identify the things we’re doing, and how we can change those into lasting, permanent impact. This discussion covers RAOOI (Resources, Activities, Outputs, Outcomes, Impact) and how to use it.


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Office hours: Fault Lines, coronavirus and your challenges

With guests from the Maynard Institute, we open the lines for questions and comments regarding our challenges at this time. This webinar focuses on current challenges surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mastering ‘The Funnel’: finding and maintaining audience

Tim Griggs, independent consultant and advisor, discusses how to find and maintain customers in this webinar.


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Our social media and ethics policies

This webinar takes a dive into our company’s social media policies and guidelines. Here, we clarify certain policies and help our employees gain a better understanding of our shared guidelines.


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What journalists can learn from community organizers

FLORIDA TODAY’s Isadora Rangel interviewed Alicia Bell, organizing manager at Free Press, an organization that seeks to give people a voice in the crucial decisions that shape the media.

Among the topics they explored:

  • If we’re the news organization “of record” in our community, whose record have we been keeping?
  • Why is it important for news organizations to reach audiences that have been historically marginalized?
  • How do we build trust, and in so doing, what do community organizers have to teach us?
  • How might we map out our community, both literally and figuratively, to find communities that are overlooked or un-covered?
  • How can we use forums and community meetings to cut into this deficit?

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SEO for live and breaking news

In this slideshow, you’ll learn how to use Google search results to amp up your breaking news and live content.


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FOUNDATIONS: Better meeting coverage

How do you make the most out of every meeting, including a better attack on print and digital, and a bona fide roster of enterprise stories in the future? This session will include proactive tactics to keep meeting coverage relevant.


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FOUNDATIONS: Better interview techniques

You finally got a one-on-one with a key community leader. What do you ask? This session will walk through interviewing techniques, and help you make sure you get key questions answered.


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FOUNDATIONS: Writing better ledes

Having trouble making your copy zing? Consistently writing the story a day behind? This is a comprehensive look at ledes and what makes them jump. And while we’re at it, how can we take your story, and start preparing for a follow-up or bigger story?


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Fault Lines: diversity, equity and inclusion

The Maynard Insitute, backed by a grant from the Knight Foundation, will help our journalists see where coverage could improve across socioeconomic status, geography, race, gender and other fault lines. This is an opportunity to help us reach and sustain new readers who have been neglected, misunderstood or overlooked in the past.


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Coronavirus style & standards

Guidelines, standards, and resources for reporting on the Coronavirus.


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Google News Lab training

If you’ve ever wondered about Google News Lab and what tools you’re missing out on, then this is the training for you. Daniel Petty, a certified Google News Lab trainer with the Denver Post, will walk you through with some of the cool tools such as reverse image search, advanced search, maps and Google Fusion tables.


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50 enterprise ideas in 50 minutes

You need ideas. We’ve got them. And in this version of the 50 ideas in 50 minutes franchise, we add a new twist — what audiences would this be good for? Plenty of examples of great work done across GateHouse (and other media outlets). National News Editor Matt Leclercq and Tim Schmitt walk you through a fast-paced session sure to stir ideas.


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Digital audio (for editors)

As an editor, why should you be driving audio? What metrics should you be looking at? And what ideas are working elsewhere? Presenters Megan Rohrbacher and Tim Schmitt discuss how to help move the needle on audio.


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Analytics (for digital editors)

Analytics deep dive: How can you disseminate the numbers, while adding actionable items? We look at how the numbers can help drive major projects, and what you can be bringing to your news meetings.


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Analytics (for editors)

As an editor, what trends should you be looking for to steer coverage? How can you use analytics to grow your audience? This webinar goes in depth on how leadership can use analytics to improve both coverage and audience relationships.


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Analytics (for reporters)

A reporter’s understanding of analytics: This is a basic overview of how to use Parse.ly, Google Analytics and others. What does this mean for you, as a reporter? Note: This training from 2018 speaks to “page views.” In 2020 and beyond, we know there are better measures for audience engagement that help us understand longer-term relationships with readers. There’s more in the Audience Engagement category, with more coming into 2021.


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Audience growth (for editors)

Jean Hodges, GateHouse senior director of content, helps decision-makers understand how to grow their news organization’s audience. In this quick video, you’ll learn how to set goals and how to reach them.


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Audience growth (for reporters)

For reporters and frontline producers: here are five things you can do to increase your own traffic for your news organization.


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Building lasting relationships through engagement

Engagement is becoming more important than ever for newsrooms. Summer Moore, Dan Spears of Wilmington, Michelle Everhart of Columbus and Katie Landeck of Panama City offer some clear steps to start toward building relationships with your readers –– including in-person, social and online.


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Best practices for engagement and UGC forms

Summer Moore and Penny Riordan walk you through our new reader engagement form templates, which can be embedded directly into stories.


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Advanced backgrounding of people and companies

From Investigative Reporters and Editors, here’s how to build a deep well of background to inform your reporting and writing.


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Developing an evergreen plan

What is evergreen, and why should you care? This webinar answers your questions on how to develop an evergreen content strategy for your news outlet, and why.


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Increasing mobile video views in local markets

This Video Champions call discusses how to help newsrooms across small, local markets make the best use of video –– and how to increase engagement with their audiences. This video focuses on driving traffic and mobile views.


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Creating data visualizations

Maggie Farley, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is now working with Google News Initiative to help journalism thrive in the digital age. In this quick clip, Farley discusses how to build visualizations that will engage and build trust with your audience. She demonstrates different tools to build quick data visualizations and animations.

The following is a link to further resources on data visualization.


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Reporting on farm bankruptcies in your own backyard

Farm bankruptcies are on the rise, owing in part to retaliatory tariffs on agriculture products from the U.S.-China trade war, unpredictable weather causing adverse planting conditions and high levels of debt. Using a database created by Sky Chadde, the Gannett Agriculture Data Fellow at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, you’ll be able to localize the impact of these bankruptcies and identify trends in your community.

During this 45-minute session, you will learn what to look for in the data, sources to reach out to and any pitfalls to avoid. You’ll also get an overview of what distinguishes farm, or Chapter 12, bankruptcies from the other chapters of the bankruptcy code.


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#DoJournalismWithImpact (for digital editors)

Got a major project planned? Why not use Architect, the new external article template from GateHouse Media? Program developer Tyson Bird touches on how this tool can be used most effectively and shows examples of the template in action.


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#DoJournalismWithImpact (for editors)

How are you planning? Quick tips and examples on who’s doing this best, and seeing what the end result is. We’ll talk about the CND Google budget, and brainstorming sessions.


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#DoJournalismWithImpact (for reporters)

Hold on to your hats, we throw 30 great story ideas out in 15 minutes. Will include links to stories.


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Google: Enhanced search

Maggie Farley, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is now working with Google News Initiative to help journalism thrive in the digital age. In this video, she discusses how to use enhanced search features.


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Google: Geo and mapping

Maggie Farley, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is now working with Google News Initiative to help journalism thrive in the digital age. This video covers Geo and Mapping.


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Exploring Google Trends

Maggie Farley, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is now working with Google News Initiative to help journalism thrive in the digital age. This video covers Google Trends.


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Sports for specific audiences

With our new focus on audiences, earlier deadlines, fewer writers and your new expectations to show digital growth, every newsroom must take a hard look at how we cover sports. In many ways, sports will change more than any other team. In this session, we talk with sports leaders and reporters to discuss how ATM audiences fit into sports, and offer specific examples for content changes.


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Using CrowdTangle

Amber Burgess of CrowdTangle focuses on using the tool for newsgathering and performance measurement on social.


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Tips and tricks for photo workflow using PhotoMechanic

Photographer Bob Deutsch of USA Today teaches tips and tricks for photo workflow using PhotoMechanic. This video is about still photos, not videos.

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Mobile apps for journalists

Our journalists use their phones more than ever to report the news. What are must-have mobile apps to help them do their jobs? Learn about the faves of reporters who cover everything from hurricanes to car accidents. GateHouse Media Senior Director of Content Jean Hodges leads a discussion of great tips that will help reporters on the go.


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Newsroom safety and security

Since the Capital Gazette shooting in June 2018, newsroom employees have wondered if they are safe in their workplace. We’ll go over personal safety tips and security information to ensure you’re informed.

Other useful resources:

How to Safely Cover Street Protests – tip sheet by Judith Matloff

Covering Street Protests – a compilation of reporter-to-reporter guidance

Leading Resilience – a guide for editors and news managers

Reporters Exposed to Traumatic Events – tips for editors and managers

Handling Traumatic Imagery – a tipsheet for managing graphic content

Dealing with Hate Campaigns – a toolkit for journalists and newsrooms targeted


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Google: Verification

Maggie Farley, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is now working with Google News Initiative to help journalism thrive in the digital age. In this video, she covers verification.


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SEO for reporters

How to create headlines that rank. SEO expert David Stone will explore examples of where a headline missed, and where it succeeded. Remember, this means more people will find your stories.


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Video for editors

Driving home video as a concept: As an editor, how do you keep the focus on adding video, and what topics are better than others?


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Using the Streamyard platform for livestreaming/broadcasting

Presented by Steve Elfers of USA Today, this webinar delves into how to use the Streamyard platform for both livestreaming and broadcasting.

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Digital audio (for reporters)

Making digital audio part of your daily routine: What can reporters and others do to consistently collect audio?


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Understanding the hybrid subscription model

Here, we’ll provide data, talk best practices, provide examples and hear any questions or concerns you might have about the hyrid subscription model. Video by Josh Awtry.


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Digital audio (for digital editors)

Rolling audio out in a story? Make sure to run through our digital audio checklist. Also, how can you help provide better metrics for your newsroom? (Presenters: Adam Fish, Tim Schmitt and Nick Tomecek)


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Using Adobe Premiere Rush for video editing

Here, Robert Linderman discusses how to use Adobe Premiere Rush for video editing.

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Using video diaries to tell stories remotely

You can still tell great video stories while staying safe at home. Through video diaries filmed by the subjects themselves, USA TODAY’s Coronavirus Chronicles is a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Americans from single parenting, unemployment, weddings to grieving.

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Trauma: Additional resources from the Dart Center

For more resources for self-care, self-assessment, limiting exposure to trauma, speaking to traumatized sources and more, the Dart Center has extensive resources available here.


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Trauma: Ethics and practices for reporting on traumatized individuals and communities

This addresses ethical and craft issues involved in reporting on traumatized individuals and communities. The training discusses best practices in coverage (e.g. effective reporting approaches on sensitive topics; interviewing techniques; ethics concerns; reporting dilemmas) and developing reporters’ skills to mitigate the impact of trauma exposure through self-care and peer support. (Nov 2019)


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Trauma: Dealing with online harassment

Many of us have experienced trauma on the job, whether observed in the community or felt personally as a result of the public service we provide. The challenges we face are both complex and delicate. Navigating them means equipping us collectively to have an informed conversation and to have the tools necessary to be aware of how trauma can impact us.

The Dart Center, which works with news organizations around the globe to educate and raise awareness about trauma in journalism, provided our journalists with two workshops recently. The first shared some of the foundational learnings around how we absorb and process trauma, as well as practical tips for self-care and how to deal with online harassment.


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Don’t forget social (for digital editors)

What about the platforms we don’t talk about much? Should you be on Reddit? How can you make the most of those platforms? Also, what are the most viral social posts and how can you use an evergreen strategy to keep those fresh?


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Don’t forget social (for editors)

Despite Facebook’s changing algorithms and outside force, here are newsrooms that are growing on social referrals. Here are tips you can put to use immediately.


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SEO for editors

What’s new and what’s important? Discover what SEO expert David Stone is seeing in Google currently, and how you can drive your newsroom to produce more SEO-friendly content.


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Resources for coping with trauma

If you believe you might be feeling the effects of trauma, Gannett’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers resources. More information can be found here. The link can also be accessed by going to MyLife@Work and clicking on the landing page for Beacon Health Options.


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Building resiliency: What science can teach us

Dr. Steve Southwick of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder discusses how to build resiliency during times of crisis.


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Identifying and supporting trauma among fellow journalists

Piloted initially at the Greenville News, this is a newsroom-wide briefing and discussion on trauma and journalism, introducing best practices in coverage and the basics of self-care and collegial support (i.e. the impact of covering violence and tragedy; exposure to and the impact of toxic imagery and harassment/threat, techniques for self-care; peer support for news teams.)


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Don’t forget social (for reporters)

Reporters need to be where their audience is on social media. Ensure you are active on the right social platforms so you’re prioritizing your time to attract your readers.


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Journalism from your phone

There are numerous apps and tools that can make storytelling by smartphone easier. Sarah Self-Welbeck from the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal shows you tips and tricks on recording and editing audio and video, taking the best photos and time-saving tools that make journalism from your cell phone possible and productive.


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Lighting for photo and video

No room. No time. No Problem. Lighting can make or break a portrait assignment. USA TODAY staff photographer Robert Hanashiro —his friends call him Bert— has made a career out of making hotel rooms, meeting rooms, small rooms, big rooms, living rooms and bathrooms into … studios. Join Bert in an informal and fun discussion about location lighting. He will go over how a small lighting kit can produce portraits with that big light look. Bert will also touch on his setup to shoot both a portrait and video interviews in limited spaces and limited time.


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News audience habits in the time of coronavirus

What we’ve learned about readers’ interests in Covid-19 coverage in the early going.


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Which photos can get you sued?

The media landscape continues to evolve, especially in areas concerning newsgathering through social media. Attorney Michael J. Grygiel focuses his national practice on media law, with an emphasis on defending news and entertainment organizations from newsgathering and publication-related claims, including defamation, copyright infringement and invasion of privacy matters. He will discuss Twitter and Facebook photos, and other areas of concern.


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Strategies for being a great mentor

Mentoring and coaching is an art, as Socrates knew. Here’s how to channel some of what worked for him.


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FOUNDATIONS: Sources are the key

Getting sources and maintaining them is half the job. This session will cover diversifying sources and why it’s important, how to approach the people you need to know on your beat, and how to build mutually rewarding connections with sources.


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What is Storyful and how can you use it?

What is Storyful and how can it help you? A discussion on how to put it to use in your newsroom.


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Investigating the internet

It’s essential that journalists on every beat understand how to gather and analyze information related to social media, web analytics and advertising, and websites. This workshop uses case studies of BuzzFeed News investigations into misinformation and ad fraud, as well as tips and tutorials, to equip journalists with the basic skills they need to incorporate this data into their work.

Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News discusses how to use data from social media, analytics and the web to find and tell stories.


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Advanced search techniques

This primer on Google search includes tips for effective image searches.


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Advanced verification tools

Watchdog training on advanced verification tools, focused on protest examples (exclusive to Gannett journalists through our relationship with Google News Lab).


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Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism

USA TODAY’s Mabinty Quarshie interviewed Wanda Lloyd, former Montgomery Advertiser editor and 2019 inductee into the NABJ Hall of Fame, on her recent book: “Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism.”


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How to fight racism and not get fired from your mainstream media job

The Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists hosted a webinar titled “How to fight racism and not get fired from your mainstream media job.” It was a robust panel discussion and side chat, tackling key questions around protests, donations, newsroom power structures, and mental health. USA TODAY’s Cristina Silva helped organize the panel.


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Managing stress for yourself and your team

This conversation will enhance frontline editors’ abilities to oversee daily reporting on violence, trauma, and tragedy. It will provide basic training on managing trauma exposure on staff as well as an opportunity to talk through particular concerns with individual staff and organization-wide issues. We also will discuss who we feature in what ways (pictures, quotes, roles in the stories) to deliver coverage that accurately and honestly reflects the experiences of everyone in our communities.


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