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    Blog Profiles: Plant Blogs

    Monday, March 20, 2017, 1:56 PM [General]
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    Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire's Audience Relations team selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and contributing to the conversation. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tweet to us! Tell Blog Profiles writers Christine Cube, Mary Johnson, and Megan Boley why on @BeyondBylines.

    It’s an understatement to say that I enjoy plants. I’m obsessed. Some people read music; I read plants. I’ve filled my home with green beauties, and the home of anyone else who will let me.

    So this blog profiles speaks directly to my passion. We’re taking on plant blogs today.

    1. Houseplant Girl

    Houseplant Girl and I honestly could be BFFs.

    I identify with how Michelle first was exposed to gardening: “I became interested in plants at a young age, watching my mom care for all the foliage and fauna she strategically placed throughout our house, each and every season. No matter the weather, cold and blustery with 20 inches of snow or hot and painstakingly humid, she always had thriving houseplants.”

    Today, Michelle is an “acupuncturist, herbalist, and constant gardener.”

    Her site features a “start here” button, house plant categories, essential oils, medicinal plants, and resources.

    I enjoyed so many posts here. They include Can We Supercharge Plants to Absorb More Carbon Dioxide? Yes., The Best Essential Oils for Colds, and Indoor Herbs to the Rescue: A Review of Dryden Trading Company’s Indoor Herb Kit.

    And this gem: The Best Online Courses for Plant Lovers (Signing up for a few of these now … ).

    Follow @houseplantgirl on Twitter.

    Houseplant Girl

    Credit: @thehouseplantgirl on Instagram

    2. Urban Jungle Bloggers

    I have to give credit to one of my colleagues for putting this one on my radar. She introduced me to Urban Jungle Bloggers through Instagram.

    Urban Jungle Bloggers is a global community of plant lovers. Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff are the bloggers and friends behind Urban Jungle Bloggers.

    “We want to highlight the beauty and benefits of houseplants and other greeneries in urban spaces,” the blog says. “Living with plants is not merely about styling and decorating. Houseplants have beneficial effects on our living environment and make our lives better, healthier and more beautiful.”

    There’s some good stuff here. Notable posts include Plant Trends from Maison et Objet 2017 in Paris, Bloomifique Stellenbosch Orchids Styling, and Plant Trends from IMM 2017 in Cologne.

    Follow @UrbanJungleBlog on Twitter.

    Urban Jungle Bloggers

    Credit: Urban Jungle Bloggers on Facebook

    3. House Plant Journal

    House Plant Journal promotes the basics of responsible plant parenthood. Darryl Cheng breaks down plant care in an easy-to-digest, readable manner.

    “Part of the problem is that most plant care information is usually associated to a specific plant, giving the impression that those conditions/care instructions are unique to that plant,” he says. “In reality, you should consider your home as having several potential plant homes and choose plants accordingly.”

    I couldn’t agree more. I absolutely loved and identified with his relationship account with his Monstera deliciosa, and I appreciated his house plant wisdom on How Often Should I Water This Plant?

    Other posts I liked include House Plant Tour: Elspeth & Blake, Centennial Park Conservatory, and How to ID Some Plants with Google.

    Follow @houseplantjrnl on Twitter.

    Houseplant Journal by Darryl Cheng

    Credit: @houseplantjournal on Instagram

    4. The Jungalow

    The Jungalow is a Bohemian lifestyle blog of Justina Blakeney, a designer, artist, and author.

    “The Jungalow is the name of our home, design studio and blog that celebrates color, pattern and plants,” the site says.

    I like this place. Several posts that drew me in include Spring is Here at The Jungalow HQ, B+W vs. Roygbiv, and The Magical World of Sera Hersham-Loftus/Sera of London (one word: dreamy).

    Follow @thejungalow on Twitter.

    The Jungalow by Justina Blakeney

    Credit: The Jungalow by Justina Blakeney on Facebook.

    P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for breaking news, let us know. We can customize a news feed for you.


    Christine Cube is a senior audience relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She’s busy making terrariums and running through local greenhouses. Follow her at 
    @cpcube.

    Top Secret: How Journalists Protect Confidential Tips and Document Drops

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 10:53 AM [General]
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    It’s a sign of the times: Many news agencies in Washington now are accepting various forms of leaked information.

    It used to be that anonymous tips would come through a phone call or snail mail. Now, journalists are using apps that encrypt text messages from sources, and many media agencies are promoting secure document drops.

    “If you’re trying to protect your source, in this day and age, encryption is a requirement,” says Skylar Nagao, chief product officer with Montreal-based Peerio. “Having spoken with many journalists, people who are aware of their high-risk sources consider it a moral obligation to use encryption to protect them.”

    Encryption itself has become much more mainstream. It’s what prevents people from reading messages and essentially keeps them private.

    Mashable has a senior editor with a Peerio account for just this purpose. Several folks with The New York Times also list Peerio accounts in their profiles.

    Want to reach The Associated Press? Here’s how you can submit a confidential tip.

    And, if you’re trying to reach The New York Times newsroom, there are several ways for sources to get in touch.Skylar Nagao, chief product officer at @Peerio.

    S-E-C-U-R-I-T-Y

    In light of hacking and fear of an information crackdown, there are plenty of tools to help protect one’s anonymity. And, more news agencies are climbing on board.

    Politico currently is hammering out its plan, says an editor, who asked not to be named.

    The Washington Post offers seven ways for sources and whistleblowers to get information to its reporters.

    These include Signal, Peerio, WhatsApp, Pidgin, Encrypted Email, SecureDrop, and Postal mail to the News Lockbox.

    “No system is 100 percent secure, but these tools attempt to create a more secure environment than that provided by normal communication channels,” the Post says.

    In addition to using one of the above tools, The Post suggests sources use a secure computer to communicate (one that doesn’t maintain enterprise software or malware that could record activities) and “delete trails of communication that you store on your computer, such as copies of messages or your secure codename assigned when using the service.”Tips and Confidential News Sources — The New York Times


    What’s to Come

    Is it risky? Sure. The New York Times wrote about this in The Media’s Risky Love Affair with Leaks.

    “By virtue of their unvarnished nature, leaks have evolved into the realest of facts,” says John Herrman, a David Carr fellow at The New York Times, in his piece.

    Skylar Nagao, chief product officer at @Peerio.

    A relative new player to this scene, Peerio has been around a couple of years. Its target mostly was business and organizational use. Peerio allows an unlimited number of files to be uploaded, and these files are entirely encrypted, meaning only you and your intended recipients have access.

    Want to transfer a large, 400 MB video file? No problem. Nagao says Peerio features end-to-end encryption, and the encryption starts on your computer.

    “It’s like you put your file into a safe that only you have the key to,” he explained. “And every file you upload has its own little ‘safe.’”

    Plus, Peerio is portable and fast. It has a username and password-type login, using fairly advanced cryptography.

    Let’s Discuss Tips

    So what makes a good news item?

    Continue reading this blog post on Beyond Bylines: Top Secret: How Journalists Protect Confidential Tips and Document Drops.

    Blog Profiles: Tattoo Blogs

    Monday, February 6, 2017, 11:33 AM [General]
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    Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and contributing to the conversation. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tweet to us! Tell Blog Profiles writers Christine Cube, Mary Johnson, and Megan Boley why on @BeyondBylines.

    Tattoo BlogsI love ink. While it might just be a tattoo to some, to others it’s more than art on flesh. It’s beautifully freeing expression; a raw way to share your soul with the world.

    Lately, I’ve been obsessed with this trend of nature-inspired tattoos. Particularly mesmerizing is the work of Ukrainian tattoo artist Rita Zolotukhina, who uses actual plants – leaves and flowers – to design tattoos. Her artistry is amazing.

    So, because I’ve never covered tattoos in this space, we’re going to look at some great tattoo blogs.

    1. Th’ink

    Th’ink is the official blog of Things&Ink magazine.Like the magazine, the blog covers tattoos and the artists behind them.

    “Editorial content discusses tattoos against their rich cultural history and current tattoo trends,” the blog says, of Things&Ink. “Things&Ink is a collector’s item for tattoo collectors … It is more than just a magazine, it’s a lifestyle.”

    I enjoyed several posts on the site, including Interview with China’s “First Lady of Tattoo” Zhuo Dan Ting. Ting discusses her art background in this interview: “My father was an artist too and a art teacher. He started teaching me art when I was five years old, every night I would draw on the kitchen floor with him. This eventually evolved to paper and canvas, then art college and university.”

    Other Th’ink posts I liked include Cold Girl Fever: Katie Thirks and Interview with Charlotte Verduci.

    Follow @thingsandink on Twitter.

    THINGS&INK

    Credit: th-ink.co.uk

    2. Hoopers Electric

    Hoopers Electric is the tattooing and art site of Thomas Hooper, who works out of Rock of Ages Tattooing in Austin.

    “I am a tattooer, an artist, a husband, and a father,” Hooper says, on his blog. “My sensibilities as an artist are defined by how I may incorporate and blend these identities into my tattooing.”

    I really like this site. There are so many layers here. Notable posts include Book of Patterns II, John Smith, The Sweeney, and Dig BMX – Alumni Ep. 1.

    Follow @thomas_hooper on Twitter.

    Thomas Hooper Tattooing

    Credit: Thomas Hooper on Facebook

    3. Tattoologist

    Tattoologist covers fashion, culture, people, and brands. It’s managed by Natalie Hanks – a “half Chinese, half English blogger and magazine editor who grew up in Hong Kong and is now living in London.” Hanks launched Tattoologist in 2009.

    I love the simply beautiful art on this blog. Favorites include Monday Randoms, Legs, Flowers, and Tattoo Artist: Sol Art.

    Follow @thetattoologist on Twitter.

    tattoologist

    Credit: tattoologist on Facebook

    4. Should I Tattoo?

    Should I Tattoo? features advice on tattoo basics, ideas, mistakes, and removal. The site is managed by Integrative Clinical Resources, whose medical director is Gregory Hall, a primary care physician in Cleveland.

    According to the site, Hall looks at a number of things, including tattoos popularity, why women have passed men in tattoo adoption, and the health risks associated with tattoos and piercings.

    Some interesting posts include Tattoo Regret, Tattoo Ink Color Choices, Tattoo Statistics, and It’s the Law: No Tattoos for Minors.

    Follow @DrGregHall on Twitter.

    Should I Tattoo

    Credit: shoulditattoo.com

    P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for breaking news, let us know. We can customize a newsfeed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.


    Christine Cube is a senior audience relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her at 
    @cpcube.

    Blog Profiles: Home Improvement Blogs

    Monday, January 23, 2017, 11:20 AM [General]
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    Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and contributing to the conversation. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tweet to us! Tell Blog Profiles writers Christine Cube, Mary Johnson, and Megan Boley why on @BeyondBylines.

    There’s something about a new year that makes me think of home improvement and renovations. I know I’m not alone. Many believe now’s the time to change up, change out, and finally do it yourself. So, let’s look at some great examples of sites that help you pull this off:

    1. The Ugly Duckling House

    The Ugly Duckling House is managed by Sarah Fogle, who admittedly loves tearing apart her house and putting it back together again. I’d love to do that. I’ve got a wishlist of things I want to try in my condo, and whether they’ll ever get accomplished remains to be seen.

    Fogle has been living in and remodeling her home – “purchased from a little old lady just before New Years Day 2010 in Atlanta.”

    This is a cool site. It features a house tour, project gallery, and cleaning and recipes. I really enjoyed Starting Off 2017 Right (which shares great DIY décor ideas with throwing a New Year’s bash – I’m tucking away this information for next year!), My First Visit to a Lumber Yard, and Hot Water Heater Tips That Can Save You Money.

    Follow @uglyducklingdiy on Instagram.

    Ugly Duckling House

    Credit: Ugly Duckling House on Facebook

    2. Homey Improvements

    Homey Improvements is the blog of husband and wife DIYers, James and Alicia. It covers the garden and homestead, easy projects, homey advice, tips and tricks, home décor, and construction.

    There’s a lot of good stuff here. Notable posts include How to Winterize Your Home (Infographic), 5 Innovative Ways to Automate Your Home, Recipe for Canning Stewed Tomatoes, and How to Clean and Organize Your Bedroom Closet.

    Follow @DIYfolks on Twitter.

    Homey Improvements Blog

    Credit: HomeyImprovements.com

    3. Curbly

    Curbly is a blog about DIY design and décor.

    “Everyone should have a happy, beautiful home,” the blog says. “With the right tools and knowhow, every person can create a place that fits their personality.”

    I like the way this blog is structured. Top stories are posted across the top and it’s really easy to see what this site is about. I enjoyed several posts, including Five New Year’s Commitments That Will Make Your Home a Happy Place, The Only Three Home Organization Books You Need to Get Through 2017, and 30 Incredibly Organized Creative Workspaces.

    Follow @curbly on Twitter.

    Curbly Home Improvement Blog

    Credit: Curbly on Facebook

    4. Bob Vila

    This one’s a no-brainer: Everyone knows handyman Bob Vila. His site has a ton of articles. This is a pretty large space with a how-to center, a spot to get ideas and find information, and a place to discuss home-related things.

    The posts that immediately caught my eye include The 20 Best (and Most Unusual) B&Bs in America (a lighthouse, tree resort and historic inns — oh my!), Here’s What Your Favorite Houseplants Look Like in the Wild, and The 6 Kitchen Design Trends Set to Dominate 2017.

    Follow @BobVila on Twitter.

    bob-vila

    Credit: Bob Vila on Facebook

    5. Burritos and Bubbly

    Kerry and Andy are the DIYers behind Burritos and Bubbly, a home renovation and lifestyle blog about their little pocket of Cleveland. Their first home was a three-story, five-bedroom historic home that dated back to 1890.

    “Pretty quickly we realized there were so many things that we wanted to fix and so many ways we wanted to make this home “ours,” while also maintaining and respecting its history,” the blog says. “Now we’ve worked on (or had work done on) almost every room in the house and have a never-ending to-do list of projects left to start.”

    They’ve since moved on from that house and started a family. I love this blog. Posts I enjoyed include Family Room Progress Report, How We Design a Room, and Family Room Design Plan: Cozy & Modern.

    Follow @burritosbubbly on Twitter

    Burritos and Bubbly Home renovation blog

    Credit: BurritosandBubbly.com

    P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for breaking home improvement news, let us know. We can customize a newsfeed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.

    Christine Cube is a senior audience relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her at @cpcube.

    Blog Profiles: Public Safety Blogs

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 10:17 AM [General]
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    Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and contributing to the conversation. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tweet to us! Tell Blog Profiles writers Christine Cube, Mary Johnson, and Megan Boley why on @BeyondBylines.

    A new year always reminds me of the people who work to keep us safe.

    It’s easy to get caught up in the holidays and forget about those around us. Some folks aren’t celebrating because they’re working long hours away from their families to make sure we’re comfortably and safely with ours.

    So at the start of the new year, I’d like to visit some blogs that keep public safety on the forefront.

    1. WaPo Crime

    I’ll start with The Washington Post, which is slightly outside of the box, in terms of sites we cover in this column, but it’s got a great public safety section.

    Some great stories that I uncovered in the Post include ‘Saving the world’ a life at a time: U.S. probation chief reflects on 3-decade career, When the vice president-elect moves into your neighborhood, getting home can be a little tougher, and ‘Everybody had a crush on her’: Before she was killed, DC actress Tricia McCauley radiated light.

    On a personal note, I’ve been consumed lately with this case in DC. McCauley was a friend of a friend, and my heart goes out to all those who loved her and were affected by this unbelievable tragedy.

    Follow @postcrime on Twitter.

    Credit: WaPo Crime on Twitter

    Credit: WaPo Crime on Twitter

    2. In Public Safety

    In Public Safety is a blog of the American Military University.

    I like this site for a lot of reasons, most importantly because it touches on some deep subjects. A few posts that got me thinking include Training Police in Counterintelligence to Combat Domestic Terrorism, Advancements in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Military Soldiers, and How Involving Families Can Help Recruit Volunteer Firefighters.

    Follow @APUSPublicSafety on Facebook.

    Credit: AMU & APU Public Safety Programs on Facebook

    Credit: AMU & APU Public Safety Programs on Facebook

    3. Campus Safety

    Campus Safety covers safety, mass notification, emergency management, and security.

    This is such an important site. I enjoyed several posts here. They include When it Comes to Campus Security, it Pays to be a Realistic Optimist, How Campus Public Safety Departments can be Agents of Cultural Change, and Respect Your Fears, But Don’t be Ruled by Them.

    Follow @CampusSafetyMag on Twitter.

    Credit: Campus Safety Magazine on Twitter

    Credit: Campus Safety Magazine on Twitter

    4. Disaster Zone

    Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to the Disaster Zone blog by Emergency Management.

    Emergency Management is an “all-hazards publication of record for emergency management, public safety and homeland security stakeholders charged to protect our communities, critical infrastructure and the security of our nation.”

    I liked a bunch of posts on this site. They include Wisconsin Gets New Emergency Operations Center (EOC), If 2016 Was Surreal, 2017 Will Be Unpredictable, and 15 Years of Earthquakes Displayed in 4 Minutes.

    Follow @EmergencyMgtMag on Twitter.

    Credit: Emergency Management on Facebook

    Credit: Emergency Management on Facebook

    P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for breaking news, let us know. We can customize a news feed for you.


    Christine Cube is a senior audience relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her at 
    @cpcube

    How to Find Evergreen Content to Cure Your Holiday Writing Blues

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 2:13 PM [General]
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    There’s typically no vacation until you’re done writing every single holiday feature assigned to you. Unfortunately, holiday deadlines don’t always lead to your most creative writing.

    Thankfully, you’ve got a place to go: Start with using the advance search tool on PR Newswire for Journalists and drive compelling content into those empty website spaces.

    Keep these five things in mind, when readying your news organization’s site for the holidays:

    News Releases Get Creative.

    Thanks to the rise in content marketing, news releases have become great vehicles for storytelling. Marketers and publicists know you’re pressed for time and low on staff through the new year, so they’re making releases easier than ever to use. In fact, we’ve noticed a boost in blog and lifestyle releases.

    A quick search of recent releases uncovered these gems, which can be used as stand-alone holiday pieces:

    Many releases come with art or graphics.

    Stop searching for high-resolution images and/or videos – many of our releases come with multimedia elements, making them easy to upload. Feel free to publish photos, logos and videos without worrying about copyright issues. Everything on our newswire is fair game for use.

    Recently, we carried the release about a Voluntary Recall of Riveted Blades Contained in Cuisinart Food Processors. The recall is expected to affect about eight million units; the release features several photographs as well as consumer contact information.

    Need more multimedia elements for your site? Many releases also cross the newswire as a complete press experience.

    For example, are you thinking about attending the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas? We’ve got an entire portal dedicated to CES 2017.

    Multimedia sample from PR Newswire for Journalists press release membership website

    Advance the story.

    If you covered the election this year, you know this is a story that will play out way past Inauguration Day. Recently, President-elect Donald Trump made headlines over the federal government’s contract with Boeing. Boeing responded.

    Follow our Policy & Government or Defense news to stay on top of breaking political and defense news.

    Other recent headlines that crossed the Policy & Government newsfeed include:

    Who doesn’t love that evergreen copy?

    Say you’re a magazine and you’ve already closed your holiday gift-giving guide or round-ups months prior. You likely must continue updating your website. So unless a major news event occurs, you’re probably still recycling the same ideas, tweaking them a bit, and adding a 2016 or 2017 label.

    Need some evergreen ideas to start from? Try these:

    Need to follow up? That’s easy.

    OK, so the newsroom’s quiet and you have more than a minute to complete the task of updating the site. You decide to make a few calls to add to and/or change some of the site content. Finding a source to interview isn’t hard.

    Every release that crosses our newswire comes with a media contact at the bottom of the release. Email and phone numbers are standard, and these folks are ready for your questions.

    Finally, if you’ve not already tried our ProfNet or HARO services, give them a try. There are thousands of sources available for interview at any time.

    Want to get started? It takes only a couple moments to register for our media services at prnmedia.prnewswire.com. If you have questions or would like to learn more, you can also drop us a line. We’re always happy to help!

    Blog Profiles: Food Blogs

    Monday, December 12, 2016, 11:08 AM [General]
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    Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and contributing to the conversation. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tweet to us! Tell Blog Profiles writers Christine Cube and Mary Johnson why on @BeyondBylines.

    Oooh. Food.

    This honestly is among my favorite blog subjects. It’s also timely for the month of December, which happens to be National Egg Nog Month, National Fruit Cake Month, and National Pear Month.

    Let’s dig in.

    I first met Hugs and Cookies XOXO on Facebook because of this Peanut Butter Cookie Lasagna. This dessert. It’s filled with Nutter Butter cookies, Cool Whip, peanut butter cups, and vanilla pudding. A girlfriend and I have plans to make this creation and enjoy every bite of it. Danielle – a first grade teacher – is the blogger behind Hugs and Cookies XOXO. Other awesome recipes on Danielle’s site include Chocolate Toffee Layer Cake, Strawberry Shortcake Cookies, and Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake. Follow @hugscookiesxoxo on Twitter.

    Damn Delicious features simple ingredients and elegant dishes. I found this yummy pot of food that soon will be dinner at my house: One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese. This site has some gorgeous recipes and food photography. It’s managed and written by Chungah Rhee. Tasty-looking dishes include Chicken and Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce, Lemon Butter Chicken, Graham Cracker Toffee, and Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies. Follow @damn_delicious on Twitter.

    The Kitchn aims to inspire cooks and nourish homes. This site goes beyond just cooking and promoting beautiful food. It features a host of interesting posts about the art of cooking. It also features how-tos, posts about living, organizing and cleaning, traveling, and shopping. Notable posts include Marshmallow Fluff Makes the Easiest Buttercream Frosting, 5 Cute & Easy Ways to Package Cookies for Gifting, 20 Fast and Fancy Appetizers for Your Holiday Party, and Recipe: Butternut Squash Fettucine Alfredo. Follow @TheKitchn on Pinterest.

    I must have peanut butter on my brain because here’s another site – Kevin & Amanda — that recently hooked me because of its peanut butter pie. Kevin and Amanda love food, travel, Boston terriers, and photography. Their site features a bunch of fun things, including Where to Eat in Paris, Perfect Pulled Pork, and Chicken Fajita Pasta. Follow @kevinandamanda on Twitter.

    P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for breaking food and beverage news, let us know. We can customize a newsfeed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.

    Christine Cube is a senior audience relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She’s off to the grocery and plans to cook a large amount of food for her toddler. She hopes he’s hungry. Follow her at @cpcube.

    Blog Profiles: Photography Blogs

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 9:21 AM [General]
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    Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and contributing to the conversation. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tweet to us! Tell Blog Profiles writers Christine Cube and Mary Johnson why on @BeyondBylines.

    It was Thanksgiving that gave me the idea to look at photography blogs. They say you first eat with your eyes anyway. So I wanted to give props to the folks who take art and photography beyond the senses.

    The Sartorialist began with the idea of “creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life.”

    The conversation is with founder and photographer Scott Schuman, whose work has been featured in GQ, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and Interview. For GQ, Schuman shot and edited his own page for more than three years. Schuman also has appeared in national ad campaigns for The Gap and Verizon.

    His blog covers the following categories: men, women, fashion shows, book features, style profiles, and vintage photos. Some of my favorites include On the Street … Paisley & Plaid, Paris, On the Street … Astor Place, New York, and Lunch with Mr. Modenese, Milan.

    Follow @Sartorialist on Twitter.

    Fstoppers features photography news and a community for creative professionals. This site offers some fascinating technical posts about how to shoot amazing work. Example: How to Shoot a Milky Way Time-Lapse.

    Other interesting posts I found on Fstoppers include Photographers: The Guardians of History?, Visiting Sir Elton John’s Dazzling Modernist Photography Collection, and Does This New Evidence Suggest The Copycat Travel Photographer Story That Went Viral is a Hoax?

    Follow @fstoppers on Twitter.

    Joe McNally Photography is the portfolio site of internationally acclaimed photographer, McNally. His career spans 35-plus years in 60 countries; McNally was the last staff photographer in the history of Life magazine, according to the site.

    It’s impossible to look around at McNally’s images without feeling breathless. Incidentally, McNally’s site is different from his blog (which also is spectacular). McNally’s prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States and National September 11 Memorial & Museum, says the site. Some of my favorite images (and there really are so many) include this ballerina, these swimmers, a beautiful lady in red, and a sculptor.

    Follow @JoeMcNallyPhoto on Twitter.

    Photofocus features education and inspiration for visual storytellers. It’s a deep site, covering a lot of territory, including photo gear and lighting, video shooting and cinematography, education, news, podcasts, and software information.

    I appreciate photography lessons like One Light Setup for Car Interiors, Shoot What it Feels Like, and “Bad Weather Makes Good Photographs” and Better Stories. Also very interesting and relevant to this space: 4 Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Photography Site.

    Follow @photofocus on Twitter.

    P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for breaking art and photography news, let us know. We can customize a newsfeed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.

    Christine Cube is a senior audience relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her at @cpcube or check out her latest on Beyond Bylines on PR Newswire for Journalists.

    Career Crossroads: BlogHer Co-Founder on Shattering That Online Glass Ceiling

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 10:59 AM [General]
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    Sometimes you have to go with the courage of your convictions when facing pushback.

    That’s what happened when BlogHer 2016 planners announced the name of a potentially controversial keynote speaker: Kim Kardashian. The decision was met both with anger and support.

    Elisa Camahort Page, chief community officer of New York-based SheKnows Media and co-founder of BlogHer, listened to the social conversation for 13 hours following the announcement. She responded to concerns and explained the group’s rationale.

    “We understood their perspective, so it was worth spending that time and being transparent with them,” she said. “But [Kardashian] has creative longevity in a very fickle media landscape. She’s a business leader and entrepreneur.”

    BlogHer officials weren’t going to change their minds.

    In the end, the conference took place this summer without a hitch in Los Angeles. It drew 2,500 attendees.

    And that Kardashian keynote? It was standing room only; the room was packed.

    Once Upon a Time

    Everyone knows the BlogHer brand. But BlogHer wasn’t always the BlogHer it is today. It began more than a decade ago as a “labor of love.”

    Camahort Page lived through the whole dotcom boom. Her background is in technology. But at the time, there was no community for women online. So, Camahort Page and her co-founders Lisa Stone and Jory Des Jardins got together and produced a conference to address this need. They paid for it on their credit cards.

    “It wasn’t even a company yet,” Camahort Page said. “After the first conference, we found there’s a community here. They want to meet in person.”

    So, the duo scheduled the next conference, created a website, and pulled together a member directory.

    BlogHer was born in 2005. Its mission: How to help women make money with blogging.

    Continue reading this article on the Beyond Bylines blog: Career Crossroads: BlogHer Co-Founder on Shattering That Online Glass Ceiling.

    How Newsrooms’ New Beats Are Shaping PR

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 9:07 AM [General]
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    Traditionally, newsrooms have largely covered news based on geographic lines.

    While some organizations continue to operate this way, many are turning away from location-based beats and focusing instead on regional coverage of larger issues.

    These new beats aim to meet the needs of today’s news consumers, spanning a variety of topics audiences care about.

    Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief and senior economic analyst with Bankrate, says content diversification is critical to keeping up with audience demand.

    “It’s no longer simple to have people around a table talking about what the audience needs to see,” Hamrick says. “We have to anticipate what the audience wants and try to match the current demands of the marketplace.”

    For PR professionals who are used to the natural pairing of geography and news, this may pose a unique challenge. Here are a few examples of how and why outlets are adopting this new strategy, and what you can do to embrace it.

    Breaking Down District Lines

    Until recently, newsrooms in the DC area essentially had a desk to cover news from DC, Maryland and Virginia.

    The Washington Post itself previously had three people covering the DC beat, says Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis, who covers District politics and government.

    But now, The Post is looking to cover the District as a city in transition – economically, racially and socially.

    “The race issue in DC is a pretty interesting issue,” Davis said during a panel discussion for the Society of Professional Journalists. “It started a majority of black. Now, it’s a majority of none, but it’s still very segregated, and this goes back to economic issues.”

    The Post’s attention to these topics is directly affecting its beat coverage, much like another DC media outlet, radio station 88.5 WAMU-FM.

    Kavitha Cardoza, reporter for Education Week and PBS NewsHour, has previously covered education and poverty for WAMU, and says that the station is adding several new beats to its newsroom.

    While WAMU had previously split up DC news coverage by geography, it’s now looking to focus more on race and ethnicity, transportation and development, education and inequality, and culture.

    Continue reading this article on Beyond PR: How Newsrooms' New Beats Are Shaping PR.


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