Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Giving Fourth of July Coverage a Digital Kick

Check out the article I wrote for about our unique, digital, Fourth of July coverage.

Aimee Heckel explains how she and her colleagues at two other newspapers decided to spice up the traditional July 4 fireworks story by using new digital tools to transform a “where-to-see-the-fireworks” story into something readers never experienced before.   

Read the full story here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NetNewsCheck runs a story about our project

Play, play, play. That's what we do all day.
And write bad poems, apparently.

What do you think about this idea? Could it ever work?

Read the full article here.

Friday, May 23, 2014

My favorite NewHive for one of my favorite profile stories

This digital story was the No. 1 clicked story of the hour and day for on May 23. Within a few hours of the story going live, it had 2,300 views on NewHive. By the end of the weekend, that number reached 9,300, and in a few more days, it surpassed 10,000. The cofounder of NewHive also tweeted the story and said he enjoyed it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Twitter Hashoff

Apparently, I did well on a Twitter Hashoff, which:

1. Has nothing to do with recreational marijuana, much to my surprise; 
2. I did not know I was participating in; and 
3. I did not know was a thing. 

Power to the hashtags.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Making a table, part 2

Welding on the job. Do I get hazard pay?

A look ahead: My monthly favorite digital journalism tools

My latest favorite technological innovation. This is what we modern
journalists call a "typewriter." It is like a pen and paper, except it also
plays a really cute clicking sound when you write.

Starting next month, I will begin writing a monthly column for, featuring my favorite digital journalism tools and how to use them. 

If you don't already read, check it out. Don't worry if you forget; I will harass you regularly to make sure you do. 

What is NetNewsCheck? According to its website: covers the revolution in local media as it plays out online and on mobile. Readers are digital chiefs and senior executives competing at newspaper, TV, radio and Internet pureplay companies, as well as national media companies, such as ESPN, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, competing in local markets.

Trend stories, interviews, profiles, commentary and regular features punctuate continuously updated breaking news, written, edited and compiled for senior executives and digital media decision-makers.