Around the Wire: Journalism Lessons from Maya Angelou, Perfect Blog Posts and 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.

1. What Journalists Can Learn About Authorship from Maya Angelou (Poynter)

When author and Poynter professor Roy Peter Clark was co-editing “Journalism: The Democratic Craft,” he found an interview by Maya Angelou that vividly captured the “elaborate rituals of writing” and taught him “how to embrace our own essential craziness as writers.” After Angelou’s passing on Wednesday, he reflects on these lessons and her legacy for journalists.

2. The Anatomy of a Perfect Blog Post: The Data on Headlines, Length, Images and More (Buffer)

A perfect blog post? No pressure and no problem with the data Buffer collected on headline and blog post length, storytelling’s ability to hook readers, and a surprising reason to use featured images in posts.

3. Global Digital News Brands See Growth Opportunity in India (New York Times – India Ink blog)

While newspapers in Western culture may not be the morning ritual they once were, print readership continues to rise in India. Even more  unexpectedly, digital media is growing with, not at the expense of, it.

The New York Times’ India Ink blog reports on the successes of Indian media entrepreneurs like Samir Patil and the influx of BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, and others into the country.

4. Lonely Planet’s 25-Year-Old CEO and the Writer Who Told His Story (Contently)

Contently’s Writer Redux series gives freelancers the opportunity to tell the story of how they got a story. Their guinea pig, freelance reporter Charles Bethea, discusses “Young Man in a Hurry,” a profile on Lonely Planet’s 25-year-old CEO, his plans to reinvent the travel guidebook brand, and the reclusive billionaire who hired him.

Bethea shares how he pitched the story idea to both his subject and his editor and how he shaped the piece.

5. A Platform and Blogging Tool, Medium Charms Writers (New York Times)

New York Times media columnist David Carr talks with Evan Williams about Medium, the “platisher” (platform and publisher hybrid) he founded.

After using Medium to publish The Wrestler, a compelling meditation on Philip Seymour Hoffman and the unending battle of recovery, Carr praises the site for its content management system “intuitive enough to seem psychic.” He reflects on how Medium “could be one more curio of the Internet age or might end up taking over the world.”

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Amanda Hicken is a media relations manager with PR Newswire for Journalists. Follow her at @ADHicken for tweets about the media, comic books, and her love of Cleveland.

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