Sep 12, 2011
Blog Notes: Media Edition
Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests. And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day. This week my focus is on blogs that cover the industry. If it’s taking a look at TV or journalism or PR, I’m taking a look at it. I’ll admit this is a little bit meta. Basically, this is a post I’m writing about people who write about other people’s writing. (Whoa.) But it’s certainly an industry worth covering, and these blogs highlighted below are all certainly doing a great job. So with that in mind, let’s take a tour through this brief roundup of some of the best media blogs I’ve seen lately.
Lost Remote is not only a terrible fate, it’s also a great blog about the future of social TV. The truth is this is how we watch television these days. Conversations about programs exist online. And the producers and networks who understand this are getting a head start on what will surely be a long-standing coexistence between TV and social networks. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything that had to do with television and social media. Check out the full review here.
The Poynter blog was originally the Poynter Institute. For example, they used to hold classes inside an old bank vault in St. Petersburg, FL. But today, they’re primarily a site concerned with the media. Above all else, they are looking to ensure quality journalism for future generations. They go about this by examining almost every move of the fourth estate. If I were to pitch this blog I’d look for stories that show trends in the media landscape. Check out the full review here.
As you might have guessed, Ragan’s PR Daily covers the world of public relations. It’s the source for news on the people who make the news, or at least the news on those who wish to shape the news. If there’s something happening in the world of public relations, they’re going to write about it. Alternatively, if you wanted to get a pulse on that industry, this would probably be the place to start reading. If I were pitching this blog, I’d look for stories that cover the PR world. Personnel announcements, mergers and contracts within the PR world would be ideal. Check out the full review here.
If scientific laboratories exist to solve the conundrums of the physical world, than Nieman Lab exists to solve the conundrum of the current world of journalism. Because, let’s face it, the industry has been shaken up recently… and that’s putting it lightly. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that promote a frank examination on the current state of media, news and/or journalism. Check out the full review here.
Storyful is isn’t so much a blog as much as it is a global journalism project. It gives collaborative voice to major world events as they happen. As they say, it’s “a destination for the shared curation of news and collaborative storytelling.” They also claim to be able to take you around the world in 18 tweets. To be honest, I’m not sure Storyful can be pitched as it seems to be a user-generated platform. Still, it is certainly worth knowing about. Check out the full review here.
That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…