Christine Cube

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    • Title:Senior Audience Relations Manager
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    Blog Profiles: Small-Business Blogs

    Monday, April 10, 2017, 11:26 AM [General]
    3.7 (1 Ratings)

    Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire's Audience Relations team selects an industry/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.Small Business Blogs

    I have very talented people in my life. I’m consistently blown away and impressed with the small businesses they’re involved in. Their side hustles include furniture-making, food trucks, custom chalkboard art, graphic and industrial design, and photography and writing.

    National Small Business Week arrives April 30, and I’m dedicating this post to the hard work, perseverance, and hustle of small-business owners.

    1. Small Business Solutions

    Xerox has an excellent small-business blog called Small Business Solutions. It’s among 11 blogs on the Xerox site, and it’s created and managed by a team at Xerox.com.

    Small Business Solutions is followed by small and medium-sized businesses around the world. Posts are written by Xerox subject matter experts and a team of independent small-business expert contributors.

    I enjoyed several posts on Small Business Solutions, including 7 Things Small and Mid-Size Businesses Can Do to Beat the Stress of Tax Season, 7 Ways to Create Direct Mail Pieces That Get Noticed, and 8 Ways to Effectively Cut Costs in 2017.

    Follow @XeroxOffice on Twitter.

    2. Women on Business

    Women on Business is a destination for news and information that women need to be successful in the business world. It was established in 2007 and is owned by author and speaker Susan Gunelius, president and CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc.

    “Business women can be a powerful network online,” the blog says. “The goal of Women on Business is to see that power grow and to broaden the online discussion between today’s male and female business thought leaders.”

    There were many interesting posts here. They include 5 Unexpected Job Interview Tips That Work, 6 Tips to Use Graphics or Images You Find Online, and Simple Ways to Market Your Business in the Local Community.

    Follow @womenonbusiness on Twitter.

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    3. Small Biz Viewpoints

    Small Biz Viewpoints features “insights, ideas and results.”

    Publishing the blog is Harry and Sally Vaishnav, who have more than 15 years of experience consulting with small-business owners and buyers.

    Small Biz Viewpoints offers insight and guidance for small-business and franchise owners, buyers, and sellers. Its goal is to “help small-business owners build successful business and grow profitably by providing information on topics that are most important to them.”

    Notable posts include How to Stop Treating Your Small Business Like a Hobby, 3 Cost-Effective Ways to Increase Internet Traffic to Your Website, and Building a Marketing Plan that Wins.

    Honorable mention (and also because it’s about writing): How Publishing Great Content Can Help Grow Your Business.

    Follow @AngelBiz on Twitter.

    4. Big Ideas for Small Business

    Big Ideas for Small Business is a blog by Barbara Weltman. The blog is a source for tax, legal, and financial information, specially developed for small businesses and independent entrepreneurs.

    Weltman is an attorney and public speaker. She helps answer questions, including how to get legal assistance, how to navigate environmental regulations, and what paperwork you need once you begin hiring employees.

    Interesting posts on Big Ideas for Small Business include 5 Last Minute Tax Tips for Your Taxes, The Other 401(K), and 4 Ways Higher Interest Rates Affect Your Business.

    Follow @BarbaraWeltman on Twitter.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.


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