Entries by Tom Hutchinson

The News Digest Is Back: This Week On Fresh Powder

A summary of journalism news and pop culture brought to you by   The lede Like something out of Dolores Umbridge’s desk in Harry Potter, “Some individuals have a colored ‘X’ over their photo, indicating whether they were arrested, interviewed, or had their visa or SENTRI pass revoked by officials,” NBC 7 San Diego described from its investigation […]

The SNO Report: Story formatting no-nos

You know how on cop shows the detectives always show the crime scene photos to the person they believe to be the perp to see if it triggers a reaction? Below, we’re going to show you a bunch of images of things that are wrong when formatting stories on your news site — little things […]

The SNO Report: Follow us around this summer

At our Minnesota base, it snowed in record-breaking sums in February. That has us longing for warmer days — the ones we’re expecting this summer. We’ll be popping up at workshops all over the country this summer, delivering on-site, SNO-focused digital media training. Meet us there? Check out our schedule below and feel free to […]

The SNO Report: Slam dunk story grids you can do

When the calendar hits March 1 this week, you’ll have only two months left to earn SNO Distinguished Sites badges and the whole enchilada. To earn the Story Page Excellence Badge, you’ll have to submit correctly-assembled Grid, Side-by-Side and Long Form templates among other examples. In some cases, those are templates you have to plan […]

The SNO Report: Starting A Podcast, Part 2: Time To Do It

Last week, in Part 1 of this series, we coached you through everything to setup a podcast, from generating an idea to picking an eventual home for it and an audio editing program. Now is the best part. Now, it’s time to actually do it. Producing your content involves selecting theme music, determining a general structure […]

The SNO Report: Lessons in writing reviews

There are a million and a half of them out there. Of course I’m talking about entertainment reviews, talking heads weighing in on this new Ariana Grande album and that “Crazy Rich Asians” movie. You publish your take and enter the fray. When we sat down with Detroit-based music journalist Gary Graff in October and asked him […]

The SNO Report: Recruiting and marketing your class

You don’t have enough students in your journalism class for it to be an elective, technically, but the guidance office is looking the other way; at least, they are this year. So, you know you need to step up your game. The future of journalism is at stake here! That’s the situation Chris Grazier, adviser […]

The SNO Report: What Is A Caption?

What is a photo caption? Not knowing is going to cost you several of our SNO Distinguished Sites badges, or at least delay your attempt to earn them. In asking there to be captions and credits on all images and graphics — original and outsourced — we’re not just asking you to fill space. We […]