Around the Wire: Tornado Drone Journalism Questioned, Click Bait Parodied, More Media News

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.

Drone Demonstration

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1. FAA ‘Looking Into’ Arkansas Tornado Drone Journalism (Forbes)

When a tornado devastated Mayflower, Arkansas this week, storm chaser and videographer Brian Emfinger documented the aftermath via drone. An FAA spokesperson has said the agency is looking into KATV’s use of this drone footage for its tornado coverage, adding to the debate over drone journalism and questions of press freedom.

2. The Onion’s Parodies Viral Media and Click Bait Content (Mashable)

Starting this summer, The Onion will take on BuzzFeed, Upworthy, and other viral media sites with The new media parody was announced this week at The Onion’s NewFronts presentation. ClickHole’s editor Jermaine Affonso told Mashable, “Ideally, we want to look at every corner of the internet: the blogs, the aggregators, the Tumblrs, the Twitter accounts, and really represent the internet in its indisputably hypnotic and oftentimes extremely vapid entirety.”

3. New Research: Best Time to Publish a Blog Post (Heidi Cohen)

After examining 4,618 blogs, 1,167,426 total posts collected from these blogs, and 1,915,428,305 social shares, TrackMaven has released its April 2014 findings on when and what to publish. Content marketer Heidi Cohen reviews the results and points out how to make your blog more effective just by changing your blog post timing.

4. Flickr 3.0 vs Instagram: Which Is Better and Why (BloggingPro)

Yahoo recently launched Flickr 3.0, allowing Flickr users to browse, share, edit, and store photos easily on their smartphones. A guest post on BloggingPro compares the Flickr app’s features against Instagram to see which provides a better photo-sharing experience for bloggers and how to make the most of both.

5. How 10 News Organizations Look at Issues of Online Engagement (Nieman Journalism Lab)

Earlier this year, the Engaging News Project hosted 10 news organizations for a discussion around online engagement, how it’s monitored, and how it can be improved. Engaging News Project released a report on Tuesday detailing this roundtable and highlighting the issues and ideas all newsrooms should consider.

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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.

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