This ain’t your grandaddy’s journalism. And though most of us learned to write using the traditional news and feature approaches, new media have given us many more ways to tell stories. So spend some time with this site — perhaps you will see something you would like to adapt and try at your paper. But even if you don’t, it’s really important that we follow trends, including those bandwagons we’re not ready to jump onto at this point. So look at the future, including stories based in Facebook, data visualization, the aggregation of user-generated content, creative use of slideshows and more. You’ll probably be impressed that these 18 alternative news stories are just old-fashioned good journalism, but packaged for digital delivery.