Every Friday, join PR Newswire media relations manager Amanda Hicken as she rounds up five articles from the past week for journalists, bloggers, and other content creators.
1. ISOJ 2014: How Three Independent News Sites Survived Their First Five Years (PBS MediaShift)
It can be easy to launch an online news site, and these days a lot of people are doing it. But building that site up, maintaining it so the bills get paid, and sustaining at least a few years — that’s the hard part. At the International Symposium on Online Journalism, three independent news sites discussed the struggle to survive their first five years and how they did it.
“Blogging with Cronkite-colored glasses can help your site gain both trust and readers,” writes Christian Toto in this guest post on ProBlogger. Toto shares seven tips from his experience as a journalist, film critic, and blogger to improve your blogging.
We all fear making a mistake. A study published in the Communication Theory journal notes that when a news outlet has to issue a correction, there’s “great ethical potential.” Craig Silverman, author of Regret the Error, agrees and explains that a correction builds trust with a public that doesn’t expect — and at times is wary — of perfection.
As part of a larger digital restructuring, The Times and Sunday Times introduced a news development team to tackle new products and reporting formats. Journalism.co.uk checks in a year later to see how the team has changed newsroom culture and empowered journalists with more accessible digital tools. “We’re slowly creating little sleeper cells of digital converts among print journalists,” said Pat Long, of The Times and The Sunday Times.
5. How User-Generated Content is Being Used in TV News (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The Tow Center at the Columbia Journalism School has surveyed more than 1,000 hours of television and 2,200-plus online pages from major news channels to determine when and how user-generated content is being used. Part 1 of its report now is available. The complete report is being released in May.
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Amanda Hicken is a media relations manager with PR Newswire, where she works with journalists and bloggers to customize their PR Newswire for Journalists newsfeeds. Follow her at @ADHicken for tweets about the media, comic books, and her love of Cleveland.