Media Insider: Viral Content in the 19th Century, Interviewing Tips and This Week’s Media Moves

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round up of journalism, blogging and freelancing stories from the week. Listicles, Aggregation, and Content Gone Viral: How 1800s Newspapers Prefigured Today’s Internet (NiemanLab) Ryan Cordell, a Northeastern University professor, recently spoke at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about viral content of the 19th century. Writing made up of lists…

Grammar Hammer: Is It “It’s” or “Its”?

It’s just three letters (with or without an apostrophe). It’s one way of saying “it is.” “Its” is a simple possessive of a pronoun. It’s also one of the biggest grammar errors according to the Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. To quickly check which word you should use, replace your version of the three…

Grammar Hammer: Each and Every One

Which is correct? To say that I write a blog post for Grammar Hammer each week or to say that I write a post for Grammar Hammer every week? “Every” is used to talk about how often something happens.  If I say I write something on a weekly basis, I’m saying I write something “every…

Grammar Hammer: Shinny vs. Shimmy

Months ago, I received a Grammar Hammer suggestion to look at the difference between the words “shinny” and “shimmy.” The person who suggested this topic to me said she’d never heard the word “shinny.” I’ll confess, I hadn’t heard of it either. I wondered if shinny was an eggcorn (a word or phrase that results…

Grammar Hammer: Is That Adverb Necessary?

If you were a child of the 70s and 80s, ABC’s animated series Schoolhouse Rock  left an indelible mark. Many of us can trace a love for history, mathematics, science and – of course – grammar to the show’s clever, musical episodes. In honor of the back to school season, ABC aired a tv special last month ranking the…