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IJNet: Using social media to promote your stories and engage readers

Ask your friends to spark a conversation. Think of your headline as a way to draw people in. Choose your audience and use targeting options (especially in Facebook). Join communities that might include your target audience and start establishing your presence there via participation in discussions and polls. Add known users to your friend list and communicate with them regularly.

IJNet: Engage your audience before, during and after reporting

IJNet also covered a Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association conference earlier this month and gleaned wisdom from The Hill’s Shannan Bowen, Josh Stearns of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s Journalism Sustainability Project and Billy Penn’s Chris Krewson were speakers during the session.

Local News Lab: 5 ideas to steal from ProPublica

Have a crystal clear mission, and measure your success against that mission. Be aggressively transparent with your audience and communicate regularly with them directly. Develop partnerships to expand reach and relationships in the communities you cover. Publicly recognize the best work of your colleagues and community members. Invite as much participation from your community as possible. “Local journalism organizations cannot thrive without a fully engaged community of readers who are invested in the work you do.”

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Methamphetamine ChartIn Denver and Aurora, arrests for meth possession are up more than 140 percent since 2010, for a total of nearly 682 combined arrests last year, Ben Markus reports. Over in Colorado Springs, there were 416 possession arrests last year — double the number in 2010. For a while, cracking down on small domestic meth labs worked to lessen the supply of meth available for abuse. Those labs have all but disappeared, but Mexican cartels made sure the supply shortage was brief.

In about a week, District Attorney George Brauchler will be giving his opening statement in the Aurora theater shooting trial. But he’s made it clear for years that he’s seeking the death penalty for the gunman who killed 12 people at a midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises. That’s despite a standing offer from the defense to plead guilty in return for life in prison, leading many to question his motives, Ben Markus reports.

John Daley finds a fed up veteran to help him tell the story about epic cost overruns and construction delays at the troubled VA medical medical center project in Aurora. For years, Ralph Bozella and others pushed to get the facility built. Now, he may have given the project an unfortunate nickname: “This can not be the hospital to nowhere,” he said.

Jenny Brundin reports on the nine Colorado colleges that have been placed on the U.S. Department of Education’s watch list of institutions requiring close financial scrutiny. Here’s who they are, why they’re on the list, and why the simple public shaming of these institutions is problematic at best.

Quick — name the country’s largest cash assistance programs for poor families. You probably guessed welfare and food stamps, right? Megan Verlee says there’s a big one that most people overlook: the Earned Income Tax Credit. In 2013, 358,000 low-income Coloradans claimed the credit, receiving $777 million total.

Colorado’s natural landscape has withstood forest fires, beetle infestation and rising temperatures over the last century. Satellite images from NASA offer a unique glimpse at how our corner of the planet has changed. Nate Minor took those images and recast them in a before-and-after format. Drag the slider back and forth to see the change.

We Live Here

At St. Louis Public Radio, it sounds like there was some constructive reflection  in the wake of the Ferguson shooting and protests. “We live here,” the staff said, so why didn’t we see this coming? “It was a way of processing what was happening during a very fluid, and often confusing situation,” Shula Neumann says. So they’ve launched a podcast called “We Live Here.” And that’s not all:

We plan on having events, concerts, art shows, “confession walls,” … maybe even reading clubs and live broadcasts … all so you can chime in and help us sort through these complicated, uncomfortable topics.