The Most Popular Beyond Bylines Posts of 2023

As 2023 draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of your favorite posts from the year. We published nearly 200 posts in 2023, and the most popular ones cover a range of topics.

From timely AP Style rules to content verification tools and stress relief tips, the most-read posts of the year offered ways to make journalists’ jobs easier and more efficient. And if you’re looking to purchase items to help during your journalism journey, the list also includes a gift guide and back-to-school must-haves to help in your decision making.

Here’s what our readers loved this year.

2023’s Most-Read Posts

1. AP Style Rules for ChatGPT, “Woke” and More

This was the year that ChatGPT and all things AI dominated the news. It was a regular topic among the press release trends we saw on the wire and clearly one that Beyond Bylines readers gravitated toward. In this quarterly AP Style recap from June 2023, we covered ChatGPT as well as other timely reminders for climate-related terminology and nonprofit vs. not-for-profit.

2. 2023 Sports Calendar: Notable Events to Plan For

Sports reporters, fans and even writers looking to avoid publishing during busy sports news cycles benefited from our annual sports calendar. From the Australian Open in January to the Kentucky Derby in May and the F1 Grand Prix in Las Vegas in November, the calendar covered a range of events from the wide world of sports. Stay tuned for our 2024 sports calendar (Summer Olympics included), which will be published in January!

3. 20 Helpful Verification Tools for Journalists

Presenting accurate information to readers is crucial to journalists maintaining trust with their readers. But trust in the media remains a concern for journalists and the explosion of AI-generated content – some of it even published by big-name outlets – only added more complications this year as readers and journalists worked to determine who (or what) created a piece of content and if it was accurate. In this post, we round up a few verification tools that journalists should bookmark.

4. 7 Gifts for Journalists and Bloggers That They’ll Actually Use

The end of the year means it’s time for two things: year-end recaps and gift guides. Our 2023 gift guide for journalists and bloggers included practical items that writers can use in their day-to-day work and will just plain make their lives easier.

5. Tips for Journalists & Bloggers: 9 Ways to Cope With Stress

It was a stressful year for journalists, filled with record-breaking layoffs, media trust issues, news fatigue, and more. In this post from April, which is Stress Awareness Month, we shared some tips for keeping the stress at bay when possible and coping with it effectively when it happens.

6. 4 Skills Future Journalists Need, According to Journalists

Cision’s 14th annual State of the Media Report, released in May, asked more than 3,000 journalists about how they feel about the future of the industry – and what they believe it will take to be successful. The skills they said are needed for the future generation of journalists will work to address major hurdles like the public’s trust in the media and the industry’s lack of staffing/resources.

7. Social Media: A Journalist’s (Not So) Secret Weapon

According to Cision’s 2023 State of the Media Report, a whopping 96% of journalists now use social media for their work. And they aren’t just posting cat videos — social platforms continue to be trusted weapons in the journalistic arsenal. In this post, we explore some of social media’s most valuable capabilities for reporters.

8. 12 Back-to-School Must-Haves for Journalism Students

While there may not be a need for crayons or cartoon character folders in journalism school, there is still a need for the right tools for success. For journalism students, they need more than a laptop and cup of coffee to put together a good story — although the laptop and coffee are definitely important. This list of back-to-school must-haves will help journalism students improve their organization, develop story ideas, and even hone their overall writing skills without breaking the bank.

9. 12 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

Our post about starting off the new year on the right foot ended up being a popular one among readers all year long. Whether journalists were making resolutions right after New Year’s or had to reevaluate later in the year, these goals were available to help writers freshen up their routines. The resolutions cover a range of topics, from increasing diversity in your writing to learning to code, attending a workshop, and more.

See you next year!

The Beyond Bylines team wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season. We’ll be back in 2024 with new posts covering media news, standout blogs, writing tips, and more!

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Rocky Parker is the Manager of Audience and Journalist Engagement at Cision PR Newswire. She's been with the company since 2010 and has worked with journalists and bloggers as well as PR and comms professionals. Outside of work, she can be found trying a new recipe, binging a new show, or cuddling with her pitbull, Hudson.

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