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Ben Franklin in a Box

Part of the Ben Franklin Project is to share the knowledge and experiences learned during the process and invite others to comment, critique and improve on the efforts.

To that end, the staff at The News-Herald (OH) prepared a step-by-step guide for some of their workflow ranging from ad tracking to billing which you can see here.



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Ben Franklin 2.0: Independence and the ideaLab

By John Paton

Our successful Ben Franklin Project ( http://bit.ly/apHRbA ) has shown the world that in an industry that can be bereft of good ideas that smart people with the willingness to take a risk can produce revolutionary results.

But like all successful revolutions we need to continue the journey. And like all successful revolutions we have a goal – independence.

On July 4th we will declare our independence.

We will declare our independence from the kind of thinking that has kept our company and industry from transforming to a multi-platform news company. And we will declare our independence from an industry that ties itself up with expensive proprietary I.T. systems and processes that are outdated almost the day they are installed.

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Piling up: A look at the Perkasie trash system

The team at Montgomery Media’s News-Herald have started reporting their story about the local trash system.

Residents pay $3.25 for each trash bag as a way to fund the program.

According to the News-Herald’s report:

… Perkasie Borough Assistant Manager Andrea Coaxum, the program is not intended to punish anyone, but to provide a cost incentive for recycling.

Borough bags are priced to cover all expenses associated with trash removal, including employee salaries, transportation, vehicles, landfill fees, leaf and bundled branch collection, and the recycling center.

Watch the video below and click here for more on this story.

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Reconnecting and finding new resources

From Tricia Ambrose, executive editor of The News-Herald (Ohio)

A few weeks ago we wrote a story about a local cartoonist who had written a comic book about our local minor league team to be given away at a game. (Full disclosure he worked as an artist here 10 or 12 years ago.) We thought he’d be a good fit for this project. Our editorial page editor found the guy on Facebook and sent him a message asking him if he’d be willing to produce an editorial cartoon for the BFP edition. The two corresponded via Facebook and the artist agreed to participate.

We are also seeking cartoon submissions through schools as well.

The unveil of the community-supplied edit cartoon will be next week.

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Town Hall meeting recap

About 25 people came out to the Sellersville Theater Tuesday evening for our Town Hall meeting.

Some great feedback and great story ideas ranging from the current trash collection and recycling programs to stories on water quality and local government.

It was also just a great opportunity for members of the community to voice concerns — and ideas — about how to improve our website and newspaper.

Thank you to all those who attended and who watched online.


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Watch the town hall meeting live @ 6 p.m.

FORT WASHINGTON – Residents of the Pennridge area are invited to attend a town hall meeting at the Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, Tuesday, April 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. Staff members of the Perkasie News-Herald will be on-hand to announce a new community-building journalism project aimed at connecting the community to its news source by asking residents and readers to become part of the news-gathering process.

Watch here


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Just look around and share what you see (News-Herald, Ohio)

By Laura Kessel

Do you ever think the world revolves around you?

Admit it. You’re just like a kid — it’s all about you.

Where you are is where it’s happening. And, if you’re not there, could it really be going on at all?

It’s easy to think that way.

When you get caught up in the many things that go on during a day, you sometimes forget the world is going on just outside your door.

Many of you think, “That’s what the news is for.”

And, in some ways you’re right. We pay attention so you don’t have to.

Every day, we let you know what’s happening around Northeast Ohio so you can focus on your jobs, your families and your lives.

It’s been that way for 131 years. And it will continue to be that way.

But there’s much that goes on each day that doesn’t garner headlines, and we’d like your help in documenting it.

We’re looking for the quintessential Lake County moments at all hours of the day.

Yes, that means 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. It’s morning, it’s afternoon, it’s overnight.

If you know them, we hope you’ll share them.

It could be 7 a.m., when construction workers start their day on state Route 2 in Willoughby. It might be a 10 a.m. coffee klatsch at Waffle House in Concord Township.

It could be a 3:30 p.m. shift change at a factory in Painesville. It might be 3:01 p.m., when the bell rings to end classes at Lake Catholic in Mentor. Is it the fellas watching the Tribe game at 9 p.m. at Panini’s in Willoughby? It could be 4 a.m. baking time at Biagio’s in Eastlake.

It’s Lake County at work, play or rest. And we’d like to document it.

We’re asking our neighbors to share those moments you might see every day — the ones that could tell the story of what happens in Lake County in a 24-hour period.

Many people don’t realize there’s an entire population of people out and about, living their lives while they’re home snuggled in bed. Now’s your chance to show them.

We hope you’ll tell us about these moments, when they occur and where they happen. Because nothing tells the story better than photos, we encourage you to send a few shots or even a short video to show us what’s going on.

If it’s important to you and your neighbors, we want to know about it.

E-mail your suggestions and other information to 24hoursoflakecounty@gmail.com. Please include your name and a contact phone number in case we need to reach you to ask any questions.

Encourage your friends to share their special moments, too. As we enjoy moments in life, no two people experience events the same way. What they share will be unique and vital to the story of 24 hours in Lake County. We look forward to seeing what each of you share and maybe even trying it out for ourselves.

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