How to Communicate Visually
For all you visualizaton junkies, (or really just anyone who dares to make an infographic), a fantastic free e-book from Column Five Media on visual communication (applicable to designers, editors, advertisers or academics). Image is a screenshot from the book, which you can download here.
In honor of Earth Day, we’re highlighting environmental bloggers and media on Beyond Bylines:
Check out our Q&A with Mother Nature Network’s Matt Crenshaw for his thoughts on the future of the green movement and environmental media.
And then learn more about TreeHugger, Dot Earth, and these other green blogs we love.
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The Upshot, a new, data-driven venture from the New York Times, launches April 22. It will cover politics, policy and economic analysis, Quartz reported in March, and added:
David Leonhardt, the Times’ former Washington bureau chief, who is in charge of The Upshot, told Quartz that the new venture will have a dedicated staff of 15, including three full-time graphic journalists, and is on track for a launch this spring. “The idea behind the name is, we are trying to help readers get to the essence of issues and understand them in a contextual and conversational way,” Leonhardt says. “Obviously, we will be using data a lot to do that, not because data is some secret code, but because it’s a particularly effective way, when used in moderate doses, of explaining reality to people.”
Today, Leonhardt explained the why of it on Facebook:
You have no shortage of excellent news sources — sources that expertly report and analyze news as it happens. Like you, those of us at The Upshot rely on those sources every day. So why are we starting a new site to help people understand the news?…
…One, we believe many people don’t understand the news as well as they would like. They want to grasp big, complicated stories — Obamacare, inequality, political campaigns, the real-estate and stock markets — so well that they can explain the whys and hows of those stories to their friends, relatives and colleagues.
We believe we can help readers get to that level of understanding by writing in a direct, plain-spoken way, the same voice we might use when writing an email to a friend. We’ll be conversational without being dumbed down. We will build on the excellent journalism The New York Times is already producing, by helping readers make connections among different stories and understand how those stories fit together.
Image: @UpshotNYT announces its launch.
As the Boston Marathon gets underway this morning, we’re featuring 5 running and fitness blogs we love on Beyond Bylines. Good luck to everyone participating in the marathon today!
If you or a blog you know would like to be profiled on Beyond Bylines, let us know.
With thousands of news releases published each week on PR Newswire for Journalists, no one can possibly keep up with every one of them.
We’ve rounded up a few of the press releases that ran in the past week such as Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety news and Maxwell House Coffee’s re-launch.
Continue reading Did You See That News Release?
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The Pulitzer Prize announcement may have been this week’s big media news, but what else happened?
Around the Wire recaps five more stories for journalists and bloggers including:
- Meet #Open001, a print newspaper edited and designed by robots
- KISSmetrics shows how to use neuroscience to design better blogs
- Columbia’s new Lede Program goes beyond the data hype
Continue reading Beyond Bylines’ Around the Wire in Five
Newspaper reporter turned full-time food blogger Girl Versus Dough discusses the biggest challenges and her advice for a career in food blogging.
Continue reading The Recipe for a Career in Food Blogging
Due to tightened budgets, freelancers have become essential to many more newsrooms. Editors at these media outlets turn to writers associations, pitches, other publications, and blogs to find reliable freelance journalists that can produce well-written, knowledgeable content.
The question on freelancers’ minds: How do I stand out to editors and encourage them to work with me again?
A recent Press Club of Cleveland event addressed this challenge, and we’ve recapped the editors’ advice on Beyond Bylines.
Continue reading 5 Tips for a Strong Editor-Freelancer Relationship
Avbl hosts freelancer profiles and organizes their availability to usher in a new era of skill search.
As journalism evolves to keep up with the spread of digital media, many students wonder what this will mean for them in terms of their college choice and careers. Will it make the field more competitive? Will there still be jobs for graduates in the coming years?
Digital media has changed the way journalism is defined, and with the 24-7 desire for updated news, there are more jobs than ever, just not in the traditional sense that was journalism 20 years ago.