Around the Wire: Who Gets a Press Pass, Building a Business versus a Blog, and More Media News

Welcome to the latest installment of Around the Wire, PR Newswire’s round-up of journalism, blogging, and freelancing news from the past week.

1. ‘Who Gets a Press Pass?’: 5 Media Credentialing Challenges (College Media Matters)

Earlier this month, the Digital Media Law Project released its study on media credentialing practices in the United States.  College Media Matters’ Dan Reimold reviews some of the study’s findings from the viewpoint of college journalists and the challenges they face when seeking press passes.

2. The 10 Trends the News Business Can’t Afford to Ignore (PBS MediaShift)

The World Editors Forum interviewed more than 30 editors in a dozen countries to compile its list of the top newsroom trends for 2014. The threat that mass state surveillance poses to investigative journalism, the impact of Google Glass and other wearables on mobile strategy, and native advertising’s ethical challenges were a few of the trends that made the list. See the full list on PBS MediaShift for other issues newsrooms need to resolve in order to succeed.

3. The Crucial Difference Between Building a Blog and Building a Business (Daily Blog Tips)

“If you’re building a blog and you want to make money, then you’re focusing on the wrong thing,” writes Ali Luke on Daily Blog Tips. Instead of viewing your blog as your business, view it as a marketing tool for your business, be that freelance writing, coaching, or wherever else your entrepreneurial interests lead you.

4. Things I Never Learned at Newspapers About Making News on the Internet (Tom Meagher)

During their 21 months in Project Thunderdome’s digital-first newsroom, Tom Meagher and his colleagues had to learn how to report and deliver the news in new ways – gaining valuable coding and design experience. However, looking back he realized the biggest lessons were cultural – lessons that traditional newsrooms can benefit from as they make the unavoidable transition to digital.

5. The Newsonomics of Time Inc.’s Anxious Spinoff (Nieman Journalism Lab)

Time Inc. returned to its roots this week after former parent company Time Warner spun off the magazine into a standalone company. What’s next for the magazine and how will its strategy need to change? In the latest installment of his Newsonomics series,  Ken Doctor looks at the key players at Time and the factors that will determine its success.

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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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