Around the Wire: Build a Blog Worth Monetizing, Social Journalism for Ferguson & More Media News

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

Blogs Worth Monetizing; Photo of money by peddhapati/Flickr; used under CC BY 2.0

Photo by peddhapati/Flickr; used under CC BY 2.0

1. How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing (ProBlogger)

A recent #BlogChat co-hosted by ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse became the biggest chat of the popular series’ history. And no wonder, since the topic focused on blog monetization. Because the fast-moving chat covered so much, Rowse organized its best tweets, presentation slides, and tips in this comprehensive recap.

2. What Could Social Journalism Do For Ferguson? (Jeff Jarvis’ BuzzMachine)

“Journalism must see itself as a service,” writes journalist, professor, and social journalism advocate Jeff Jarvis. “It should start with hearing the needs of a community and then and only then deciding which tools to bring to bear to help a community meet its goals and improve its lot.” In this blog post, Jarvis suggests how these principles would help the journalists covering Ferguson better support the community.

3. How Journalists Like James Foley Fall Victim to World’s ‘Most Dangerous Conflict’ for Reporters (The Washington Post)

When an Islamic State militant executed American journalist James Foley on Tuesday, the public was reminded of the tremendous danger journalists face in the Middle East and other war-torn regions.

The Washington Post examines how many of these journalists – including Foley – are often freelancers who take these dangerous risks to report, despite having very few resources.

4. BuzzFeed Aims at Latino Audience With L.A. Hires (LA Weekly)

In the U.S., one in five of the BuzzFeed generation is Latino, says editor-in-chief Ben Smith. To provide more authenticity in its Latino-focused reporting, the site has added 12 Latino staffers and three fellows this year, up from two staff members previously.

This focus on the Latino audience has led to an improvement in BuzzFeed’s in-depth immigration reporting, with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists recognizing BuzzFeed for “truly humanizing stories about Latinos fighting, protesting, fasting for immigration reform.”

5. ICYMI: Catfishing and Brick Have New Definitions (Beyond PR)

The Oxford Dictionary just unveiled its newest additions, and some of the entries caught PR Newswire’s Grammar Hammer off guard. On our sister blog Beyond PR, she looks at what she’s learned from these words and their new meanings.

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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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