Researching a topic online is deceptively easy. After all, you just need to type a query into the Google search field to find all the websites in the world, right?
Well, it’s not quite that simple, as anyone who’s tried searching for a piece of specific information has likely discovered. Behind-the-scenes algorithms influence what results get displayed, and the search results that get returned may not be the most relevant to your needs. Fortunately, there are a few advanced techniques that can help you refine your search results and find exactly what you’re looking for.
1. Narrow down your search to a specific domain
Do you need to quickly find information on a specific website that perhaps doesn’t have a good search functionality? You can use Google’s powerful search on a single indexed webpage simply by adding “site:domain.com” (where “domain.com” is the web domain you want to search) at the end of your query. For example, “blizzcon site:prnewswire.com” brings up all of the press releases on the PR Newswire website that reference Blizzcon.
2. Search only academic or government sources
The technique referenced above also works for finding results only on a specific type of domain. Just use “site:.gov” or “site:.edu” to search only government or educational websites.
If you’re looking for higher-quality results or need strictly academic sources, weeding out commercial websites can help you find the information faster.
One quick note: Although “.org” suffixes are supposed to be designated for non-profit organizations, there are no restrictions on buying them — anyone who wants one can register a .org domain. This is not true of .gov domains, which require a letter of authorization from a government official, and .edu domains, which must be registered through EDUCAUSE and can only be granted to accredited degree-granting institutions.
3. Employ query string shorthand
Google became famous for being the first search engine to do away with complicated Boolean search techniques and query string requirements, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still use those techniques:
Placing “quotes” around an enquiry will search for the exact-match text rather than searching each word individually or using similar substitutions. This is great for checking for plagiarism or searching for specific terminology.
Adding “-” in front of a term removes it from search results and “~” allows related words. So for example, “~orioles -baltimore -baseball” allows you to search for the bird species without your results being weighed down by information about the baseball team.
Using “filetype:” allows you to find content that’s not in an HTML page. For example, you can search “filetype:pdf” or “filetype:doc” to pull up downloadable documents about whatever you’re searching for.
There are additional search syntax tricks you can use for even more specific situations, such as searching for a keyword within a website’s URL or looking for data within a specific number range.
4. Use Google News to find results from news outlets and sites
You probably know that results in Google News are indexed differently from those on the main Google search results page, but did you know that Google also maintains an archive of newspapers dating back to the 1880s?
It’s not an exhaustive list, but it does give you a glimpse at real newspaper pages from all sorts of newspapers and journals without having to venture into the library basement. You also can search archived newspaper stories by typing your search string followed by “site:news.google.com/newspapers”
5. Use Reverse Image Search to identify the source of a photo
Trying to find more context behind a photo? You can use Google’s “search by image” tool to find all of the instances where a photo has been posted online. Just go to Google Image search, click the camera icon, and upload the photo or paste in its URL.
This can be used to debunk false or misleading stories, identify stolen artwork, find visually similar images for artistic purposes, find a higher resolution version of a company logo, and more.
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Byline Times Sam Bright has been appointed Chief News and Politics Reporter at the Byline Times, effective in July. Sam, who has been Editor of Scram News since last year, was previously a BBC Journalist. Sam is on Twitter at @WritesBright
County Wedding Magazines Claire Ridley is now Editor of Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding in addition to her other responsibilities at County Wedding Magazines. She wants to hear about any wedding venues, hotels, photographers, cake designers, florists, venue décor clients plus anything else that is relevant to weddings in these three regions. Claire is also Editor of Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding and Your Glos & Wilts Wedding, as well as Fashion Editor across all 19 publications. County Wedding Magazines can be found on Instagram at @cwm_wedding
Edinburgh Evening News Noa Hoffman has joined the Edinburgh Evening News as a Local Democracy Reporter, where she will cover politics and news stories from the city until her NCTJ training begins in September. Noa can be found tweeting at @hoffman_noa
HuffPost UK Léonie Chao-Fong is now a News Reporter for HuffPost UK. Léonie was previously editor of a history publication and an art magazine, and has seven years’ experience working across print, digital and social media in the UK, Germany and Hong Kong. She tweets at @leonie_chaofong
NS Media Philippa Nuttall Jones has joined NS Media as Editor-in-Chief, Energy. Her focus is on climate change, clean energy and energy transition. Philippa, who was previously Editor-in-Chief of FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, is based in Brussels. She tweets at @Jones_Pippa
Oxford Mail Liam Rice is now an Education Reporter for the Oxford Mail, where he also covers general news for West Oxfordshire. Liam, who recently graduated with an MA in Journalism, can be found tweeting at @OxMailLiamRice
The Telegraph Oliver Brown has been appointed Chief Sports Writer at The Telegraph, where he is currently Chief Sports Feature Writer. Oliver, who starts the role in July, succeeds Paul Hayward. Oliver will contribute to all sports coverage in the standalone sports supplement, which returns on 13 June, as well as across the website and digital editions. He can be found tweeting at @oliverbrown_tel
Freelance Update – Sagal Mohammed Sagal Mohammed is now freelance, taking commissions and shift work covering pop culture and entertainment, lifestyle, social issues, beauty and fashion as well as commercial copywriting. Sagal was previously Features Editor at Time Out Abu Dhabi, Digital Content Editor at You Magazine and Entertainment Content Editor at GLAMOUR UK. She can be found on Twitter handle at @sagalxmo
Freelance Update –Saleha Riaz Saleha Riaz, formerly a reporter for the The Wall Street Journal‘s WSJ Brief app and a reporter/host for Mobile World Live, has gone freelance. Saleha, who is based in London, covers technology and business and can be found tweeting at @salehariaz
International Media Moves
Antena 3 The Spanish TV channel Antena 3 has now launched the show ‘Pasapalabra’. Directed by Roberto Leal Guillén, the programme previously aired on the national channel Telecinco. ‘Pasapalabra’ is broadcast Monday to Friday at 10pm.
Interni Design Journal The Italian publisher Arnoldo Mondadori Editore has launched the new digital magazine Interni Design Journal. It is an independent extension of the print magazine Interni and is published five days a week, both in Italian and in English. Managing Director Gilda Bojardi is also in charge of the print magazine and of other Arnoldo Mondadori Editore publications, such as Annual Cucina, Annual Contract and Annual Bagno.
La Stampa Paolo Griseri is now Deputy Director of the Italian daily La Stampa. Paolo, who was previously Head of the Torino Bureau at La Repubblica, mainly deals with economic issues.
BusinessDesk NZ Jacqueline Loates-Haver is a new Travel & Lifestyle Editor at BusinessDesk NZ and is based in Auckland. Prior to this, she was the Editor at Kia Ora magazine, Air New Zealand’s in-flight publication. She can be contacted by email.
2019 Regional Press Awards The shortlists for the 2019 Regional Press Awards have been announced ahead of the new online awards ceremony, which will now take place on Friday 19 June. The nominees are from regional and local journalism, both print and online, and all the shortlists can be viewed here.
Private Eye Paul Foot Award 2020 Alexandra Heal has been awarded the Private Eye Paul Foot Award 2020. Alexandra, a Reporter at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, wins the award for her series ‘Nowhere to Turn’, on how police forces handle domestic abuse complaints against their own officers. The full list of shortlisted entries can be found here
Finding and Successfully Pitching Non-Coronavirus Stories To Editors Journo Resources is hosting an hour-long masterclass of practical tips on how to find story ideas outside of the COVID-19 news cycle, and to successfully pitch them to editors. Suitable for both freelancers and staffers, the expert panel includes Kuba Shand-Baptise of Independent Voices, Punteha van Terheyden of Lacuna Voices and Jessica Evans of the Freelance Sessions.
Tickets are just £4 and the event will take place at 6pm on Thursday 18 June. Recordings will also be available for those unable to make this date. Book now
Response and Responsibility Webinar IBP Futures Group, in association with City, University of London, is hosting the free webinarResponse and Responsibility: interrogating the truth without worsening a crisis. Three of the UK’s leading journalists share their experiences of telling truth to power during the worst public health crisis for a century. Conversation and Q&A session: Tuesday 30th June, 6:00pm – 7:30pm.Book here
George Arbuthnott: @Arbuthnott – award-winning investigative journalist. Deputy editor of The Sunday Times Insight team.
Shaun Lintern: @shaunLintern – award-winning journalist. Health correspondent at The Independent, responsible for a string of exclusives on the pandemic, including the shortage of PPE. Former bureau chief of the Health Service Journal.
Mary Fitzgerald: @maryftz – editor-in-chief, openDemocracy. She was senior editor at Prospect, a trustee for the human rights charity, Reprieve and she has written for the New York Times, Guardian, New Statesman and New York Review.
Chair: Nick Duxbury: @nickduxbury – Group Creative Lead, Redwood BBDO. If you would like to send a question for the panel in advance please email Gerald Bowey
Yesica Fisch has been named the West Africa senior producer based in Dakar, Senegal. Fisch has been with the Associated Press since 2006 when she came on as a video journalist. Most recently, she held the role of senior producer and video journalist based in Brazil.
Cara Anna is the new East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya. She was previously a deputy Africa editor and has been with the Associated Press for 15 years. She joined the news service as a correspondent in 2005.
Steven Santana has joined The San Antonio Business Journal as a digital producer. He joins from Cornerstone Publication where he wrote for three publications, The Castroville News Bulletin, Medina Valley Times and Leader News, as a general assignment reporter. He was promoted to news editor for the three community newspapers before transitioning to his new role.
Automotive News has hired Audrey LaForest as a reporter covering automotive policy and regulation. She will be based in Detroit and then transition to Washington, D.C. in the Spring. Prior to joining, LaForest was a reporter for Plastics News where she covered automotive and machinery beats.
Ryan Smith has joined Chicago Magazine as a reporter covering real estate via Chicago housing, built environment and gentrification issues. In his new role, Smith will write for the magazine’s website and weekly Friday newsletter regarding real estate. He replaces AJ LaTrace, who left in November.
Rowan Walrath has expanded her writing and now reports for Rhode Island Inno where she will cover startups and innovation in Rhode Island. Walrath will continue to write for BostInno, where she serves as an associate editor. Previously, Walrath was a freelancer and contributed to Mother Jones, WGBH and The Dorchester Reporter.
WRIF-FM, in Ferndale, Michigan, has promoted Jade Springart to assistant program director and midday host. She succeeds midday personality Anne Carlini who left in December 2019. Springart is promoted after 12 years at the station where she has held the roles of music director, program director and weekend on-air personality.
Monica Chavarria has been promoted to executive producer at KRIS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas. Most recently, she held the role of producer. Before she joined the station, she was a content brand manager for KZTV, a CBS affiliated in Corpus Christi, Texas
WTVQ-TV, the ABC affiliated in Lexington, Kentucky, has announced the addition of Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon for the weekday show, “The Lee and Hayley Show.” Cruse and Harmon come back to TV after taking time off after their show “Live with Lee & Hayley” on WLEX-TV, an NBC affiliated in Lexington, Kentucky ended.
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Freelance Journalist Jenny Stallard is the creator of the wellbeing platform Freelance Feels, which she began in order to build a community from which she could also learn and benefit. We spoke to Jenny about the ideas behind her project – which includes a blog, podcast and newsletter – and asked about her tips for both managing a freelance life and how PRs can better work with freelancers…
Why does Freelance Feels use so much cactus imagery? We asked what cacti and freelancers might have in common, and Jenny believes that despite being portrayed as “cute”, cacti are “fierce and tough” plants. “They’re often seen as cute in merchandise, and I loved that. There’s a real protective nature to a cactus which is how freelancers need to be, when living the freelance life. For me, freelancers are like cacti: They can survive tough conditions but they still need love and water. We also need to make sure we give ourselves that sustenance, as well as looking for it from others.”
… freelancers are like cacti: They can survive tough conditions but they still need love and water.
On choosing the name “Freelance Feels”:
The word “feels” captures the idea that freelancing can give us a whole range of emotions on a daily basis, highs and lows, good and bad. Jenny also believes that “all the feels” sums up the emotional challenges of freelancing:
“… often we are in a quagmire of self-reflection, lonely or isolated, pensive or cut off from the world in which we work remotely. We can look on social media and over compare with others, or end up not seeing other people for days at a time. It’s debilitating and detrimental to our productivity.”
On the mix of people in the freelancing world:
There are multiple Facebook groups and communities of freelancers with “a variety of creatives”. Jenny loves groups on Facebook such as Freelance Heroes and Being Freelance.
“There are so many of us out there, numbers growing by the day – people who want to work for ourselves, who want the good things, but sometimes also find the bad. Finding like-minded souls online can be a lifeline.”
What can PRs do when they pitch to make life easier for a freelancer?
“Be Honest – if the case study has been elsewhere, we need to know, and indeed if they are working with any other freelancers. Include hi-res images as an attachment or link! It’s so important to know if we can use pictures (for online they often need to be landscape). While I do try to reply, I’d say as a rule of thumb you need to assume if we’ve not come back to you twice we’re not keen this time.
But if we do, please be ready to follow up! For example, if we want to talk to the expert that morning or if we want to get clarity on the stats.”
… while freelance life has lots of ‘everyday’ challenges – invoicing, spreadsheets, juggling clients, attending events – they’re all underpinned by one thing: Our emotional and mental wellbeing.
On the topic of the practical and administrative problems freelancers face:
When freelancers voice worries about practical issues, these problems are “never just practical”:
“… while freelance life has lots of ‘everyday’ challenges – invoicing, spreadsheets, juggling clients, attending events – they’re all underpinned by one thing: Our emotional and mental wellbeing. Feeling ‘stupid’ for not knowing how to do our tax return, berating ourselves for filing something late, or having to pull an all-nighter to get it done. Sending off a pitch and worrying if it’ll resonate with an editor or be met with silence…”
Jenny’s networking advice for other freelancers:
“I’ve written about this a lot recently and it’s something I’m working on and exploring myself. I do think it’s like a muscle and the more you exercise it the easier it becomes to go networking. Some people don’t like the word networking, it can feel quite 90s! There’s so much we can go to in the media and creative industries – talks, workshops – gone are the days of the fussy name-badge meet and greet if you seek out alternatives. Events are much more than networking, they are meet ups, or workshops.
I know it can be hard – if it is, then try and set yourself a one-event this month challenge. Take a friend; like with a running buddy there is the accountability there. I try and operate a three business card rule giving out three at any event. Some people don’t use them but I find people take one when offered and you never know who they might pass it on to.”
Jenny also mentioned the usefulness of Twitter for connecting with other freelancers, finding experts, and using #journorequest.
The New York Timeshas announced staff additions to their bureaus in Mexico, Hong Kong and Johannesburg.
Carlos Tejada has been named the newest deputy Asia editor for The Times. He has been with the paper since 2016 joining as an Asia business editor. Prior to that, Tejada spent more than 20 years at The Wall Street Journal serving in roles such as reporter, news editor, Hong Kong deputy bureau chief and lastly as a China news editor until 2016.
Monica Markhas been named The Times’s next Johannesburg bureau chief. She comes from Buzzfeed where she has been the West African correspondent for the past three years. Prior to that, Mark has covered African news for outlets such as Bloomberg News, The Guardian and Dow Jones. She will begin her role in April 2020.
Natalie Kitroeffhas been promoted to Mexico-based correspondent. She has been with the outlet since 2017 as a reporter covering the economy and heavy industry. No stranger to The Times, Kitroeff also served as an editorial assistant from 2012 to 2014 before heading to Bloomberg Businessweek where she covered business education for more than one year. She also has worked for the Los Angeles Times as a reporter covering the California economy.
Woman’s Dayhas named Meaghan Murphyas their newest content director where she will have oversight of editorial content as well as platform strategy. Murphy has most recently been serving as an executive editor for Good Housekeeping for more than six years. Prior to that, she spent almost six years with Self magazine as features director. Murphy has also held editorial roles at Cosmopolitan and Lifetime.
Terri Cowart Frazier has been tapped by Vicksburg Living to serve as an editor. She has been with the Vicksburg Post, sister outlet of Vicksburg Living, where she has been serving as a reporter. Cowart Frazier will continue her reporting for the newspaper as well as run editorial for the magazine.
The Cook Political Report has promoted Jessica Taylorfrom a contributing role to a full-time editor role, where she will cover the Senate and governors. She makes the move from NPR where she served as a political reporter for more than four years. Taylor has also worked for The Hill as a campaign editor, as a digital reporter for NBC News, and as a senior reporter for the Rothenberg Political Report among others.
Emmetsburg Democrat & Reporter has named Joseph Schany as their newest editor. He began working for the outlet in the summer of 2019, covering Palo Alto community affairs such as the County Fair and local sports.
Sandy Pudarhas been promoted to news director for WGN America’s newest three-hour national newscast “News Nation” which is slated to debut this summer. Pudar has been with WGN America since 1999, initially serving as a news writer. She has also held roles as producer and executive producer, most recently serving as an assistant news director for more than five years.
WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia, has hired Maura Siriannias a news reporter. She comes from WKRN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee, where she spent more than two years as a news reporter and multimedia journalist. Maura has also held similar roles for WICU-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, and WDRB-TV in Louisville, Kentucky.
Andrew Keeseehas joined WTVT-TV, the Fox affiliate in Tampa, Florida, as a sports anchor and reporter. He has previously served as a sports reporter and weekend anchor for KWES-TV in Midland, Texas, as well as WINK-TV in Ft. Meyers, Florida, where he served as a sports director.
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As a new year begins and many writers look for ways to stick to their writing resolutions, some may benefit from getting away from it all and finding some peace and quiet to find inspiration.
A writing residency offers plenty of uninterrupted time for writers to work on and even complete their next work. It also provides opportunities for feedback from a supportive writing community made up of peers in the same boat.
Whether you’re more inspired at the beach, in the wooded wilderness, or right in the middle of town, hopefully you can find something on this list that suits your needs.
I’ve also included a few residencies that will have application deadlines in 2020 for their 2021 programs.
Lakeside Lodge in the Adirondacks
The Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency offers a two-week residency in October. Six writers (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction) are selected for this intimate experience that includes family-style meals, hiking, paddling, and plenty of time to unplug (there’s no cell reception). The writers also will get the chance to explore the cabin used by Anne LaBastille, who authored more than a dozen books about the region.
Applications: Open from April 16-May 27, 2020 ($30 fee) Costs: Beside transportation to and from Twitchell Lake, there are no other residency costs.
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program offers four- and five-week residencies from mid-March through mid-November to emerging and mid-career artists. The ranch is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and offers a variety of landscapes to inspire creatives, including redwood forests, coastal grasslands, and ocean views. Although the 2020 session is full, I still wanted to include this one in the list since applications for 2021 are due in the coming months.
Applications: Deadline is March 16, 2020, for residencies in 2021 ($45 fee) Costs: The program provides transportation to and from San Francisco International Airport. All dinners are provided by a chef; ingredients for all other meals are provided.
The Jack Kerouac Writers In Residence Project provides four residencies a year, each lasting approximately three months. Residents will stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums — it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are required to participate in a welcome potluck and a final reading of their project — the rest of the stay is dedicated to working on their writing.
Applications: Applications are due by March 15, 2020 ($35 fee) Costs: Residents are responsible for travel to and from Orlando. The project covers lodging and utilities and provides the resident with a $1,000 grocery store gift card to pay for their food.
Prairie Retreat in Illinois
Ragdale offers 18- and 25-day residencies to creatives in a variety of fields, including writers, architects, and composers. The property is located in Lake Forest, Ill., north of Chicago. The historic home offers artists a private room, chef-prepared dinners, and access to the beach, walking paths, and more in the area. “Ragdale lets artists focus on what’s most important: creating new work.”
Applications: Deadline is May 15, 2020, for residencies in 2021 ($25 fee) Costs: 18-day residency will cost $630 and a 25-day residency costs $875. Financial aid is available on a limited basis.
Arts District Studio Apartment in Kentucky
With residencies ranging from two weeks to three months, A.I.R. Studio Paducah includes a storefront gallery/multi-purpose space that can be used for exhibitions or presentations during the residency. Residents can choose to work in peace and quiet or engage with the local community. The apartment is within walking distance of the local museum, art center, and theater.
Applications: Deadline for the 2021 program is Feb. 15, 2020 ($25 fee) Costs: Residency fee is $1,000 per month, or $700 for two weeks, including utilities. Length of stay is negotiable. The resident is responsible for transportation, food, and materials.
Barn Loft on a Historic Farm in Central Maryland
Writers can stay as long as four weeks at this amazing loft from The Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat. The retreat is directed by Ron Tanner, an award-winning author, and his wife, Jill Eicher. Views of the farm, a full kitchen, and small library all are included. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission to promote the preservation and restoration of historic family farms.
Applications: Apply for a reservation via the website. The loft is available on a first-come, first-served noncompetitive basis. Costs: Prices vary depending on length of stay. Fees range from $95 per night to $570 for one week and $490 for a four-week session. Day-use options also are available.
Georgian Revival Mansion in Massachusetts
The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Program offers two- and three-week residencies in March to women poets and writers (fiction or nonfiction). Residents will receive a $1,000 stipend while staying near The Mount, Edith Wharton’s former home in Lenox, Mass. They also are expected to make themselves available to media and participate in a public panel discussion with fellow residents during their stay.
Applications: Applications for 2021 will open in the fall of 2020 ($25 fee) Costs: Residents are responsible for transportation to and from The Mount.
Historic Artistic Destination in Minnesota
More than 700 artists have participated in the residency at the Anderson Center since it opened in 1995. Residencies lasting two weeks to one month are available in May through October. Participants will receive a private room, board, and workspace at the historic Tower View Estate in Red Wing, Minn. The center also features a Deaf Artists Residency program in June.
Applications: Due by February 15, 2020 ($20 fee; no fee for Deaf Artists Residency applicants) Costs: Transport to and from the Twin Cities airport is provided, as are dinners and groceries for residents.
Rustic Island Cabins in Maine
Located one mile offshore in Maine is the Norton Island Residency for Writers & Artists. The 150-acre island is mostly undisturbed, in its natural state. Residents will stay in small cabins (no Wi-Fi or running water) and have access to the main lodge, which includes a kitchen, library, and meeting room. Two sessions of nearly two weeks each are available in June and July. According to the site, nature and travel writers especially have found the residency beneficial in past years.
Applications: Due March 15, 2020 ($35 fee) Costs: There is a residency fee of $125 per person. Travel to and from Maine also is the responsibility of the resident.
Rural Working Farm in Nebraska
“Art Farm’s mission is to support artistic vision, which may be impractical, obscure, and independent of commercial recognition — where failing is no less welcomed than succeeding.” In exchange for 12 hours of work per week on the farm, residents receive a private room and workspace. Length of stay can range from one week to five months between June and November. Collaborators, partners, and children are welcome to attend.
Applications: Due by March 1, 2020 ($22 fee) Costs: Residents will need enough money to cover daily living expenses and transportation.
San Juan Islands in Washington
Artsmith’s Artist Residency takes place at the Kangaroo House B&B on Orcas Island in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Weeklong residencies are available in January and include private lodging. A testimonial on the site reads, “I loved the residency… in the week that we had on Orcas, the silence and beauty inspired me to get much work done.”
Applications: The next application period will take place in Spring 2020 for 2021 residencies ($35 fee) Costs: There is no cost for the actual residency. Residents are responsible for travel to and from the B&B, as well as lunches and dinners.
Women’s Writing Retreat in Wisconsin
Hosted by Judy Bridges, author of the writer’s guide Shut Up & Write! and founder of Redbird Studio writing center, this women-only writing retreat offers a full week of peace and quiet to work on your story or article. The program will take place at The Clearing, a folk school in Ellison Bay. Mornings are for quiet writing time and afternoons include helpful feedback sessions with other residents. The residency runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2020.
Applications: Registration will open in February 2020 Costs: A minimum $300 deposit is required when registering. More pricing info will be available with the 2020 catalog.
Stewardship in the Alaskan Wilderness
The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is one-of-a-kind. “Instead of staying at a remote wilderness cabin, our participating artists are paired with a wilderness ranger and actively engaged in stewardship projects, such as research, monitoring, and education…The hoped-for result is artwork that communicates something of the meaning of these lands.” Residencies run from June to August and are available for several wilderness areas across Alaska.
Applications: Due March 1, 2020 (no fee) Costs: Travel to and from Alaska is the writer’s responsibility, as is their personal gear. The hosting federal agency will provide transportation to and from the field, camping and field gear and, in many cases, food.
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The Athletic Craig Chisnall is now Staff Editor at The Athletic. Craig comes from The Times, where he worked on the sports desk for five years. He can be found tweeting at twitter.com/craigchis.
The BMJ Mun-Keat Looi has been appointed International Features Editor at The BMJ. He was previously Global Social Media and Communities Manager for the RICS, and prior to that worked as Features Editor and Growth Editor for Mosaic. Mun-Keat can be found tweeting at twitter.com/munkeatlooi
CoStar News Alicia Villegas has been appointed Finance Editor at CoStar News. She was previously Senior Reporter at the PEI Media publication Real Estate Capital. Alicia can be found tweeting at twitter.com/villegas_alicia
Capacity Media Melanie Mingas has joined Capacity Media as Deputy Editor. She is based in London and works alongside Editor-in-Chief Joao Lima. Melanie, who has edited B2B magazines in the UAE and Australia, will cover news, interviews and analysis on the global telecoms industry.
Citywire Wealth Manager James Phillipps is stepping down today as Editor of Wealth Manager after more than seven years in the role. From mid-March he will return to Wealth Manager as contributing editor, working three days a week. He will also be available for freelance and editing commissions for non-competing titles, as well as corporate work. James has considerable experience of writing across a range of topics, including fund and wealth management, investment and consumer finance. For Wealth Manager his email address remains the same.
ConservativeHome Charlotte Gill has been appointed Deputy Editor of ConservativeHome, effective from March. Charlotte is a Journalist and Commentator who has written for the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Mail on Sunday, The Spectator and elsewhere. She can be found tweeting at twitter.com/charlottecgill
Evening Standard Jessie Thompson has been appointed to the position of Deputy Arts Editor of the Evening Standard. Jessie will continue writing reviews and features for the Evening Standard and will be working closely with Arts Editor Nancy Durrant building on the Standard’s outstanding reputation for arts and entertainment across the paper and digital platforms. Nancy’s Twitter/Instagram handle is @nancydurrant. Jessie can be found at twitter.com/jessiecath
Female Entrepreneur Association Laura Bartlett has joined the Female Entrepreneur Association as their Managing Editor. Overseeing the relaunch of the monthly digital magazine, Laura will be responsible for achieving the goal of being the number one magazine for female entrepreneurs. Relaunching on the 1st April, the magazine will feature success stories from entrepreneurs, influencers and celebrities who will give the reader an insight into how they created success. Published across multiple platforms, the magazine has a captive audience of engaged and ambitious readers. Laura can be found tweeting at twitter.com/laurabartlett0
Financial News Emily Horton is taking on the newly created position of Professional Services Correspondent at Financial News, covering auditors, consultancies, law firms and headhunters across the City and beyond. Emily joined the team as an intern in summer 2018, subsequently securing a full-time Reporter role on the online news desk. She can be found tweeting at twitter.com/emilyhorton231
GlasgowLive / edinburghLive Rebecca Parker has joined GlasgowLive and edinburghlive as Audience Editor. She was previously Head of Audience Engagement at The Herald in Glasgow. Becky can be found tweeting at twitter.com/beckyjparker_
i Siobhan Norton has been appointed Head of Production at the i in addition to her existing role as Assistant Editor. Siobhan will oversee the print production of the newspaper in her new role. She can be found tweeting at twitter.com/siobhanbnorton
Immediate Media Carys Matthews is now Group Digital Editor at Immediate Media, working across BBC WildlifeandBBC Countryfile Magazinewebsites. Carys was previously Digital Editor of countryfile.com. Megan Shersby is now Editorial and Digital Co-ordinator across both brands and can be reached at email@example.com
Real Homes Jennifer Oksien has joined Real Homes as Appliances Editor. She will be helping readers find the best appliances for their homes and she will be reviewing the latest products from top brands. Jenny’s career spans marketing and editorial, and she has written web copy for John Lewis’ Sound & Vision and Home departments. She can be found on Linkedin.
Responsible Investor Daniel Brooksbank, former Editor of Responsible Investor, is now Head of Strategic Content. Daniel served as Editor for over 10 years and he can be found on Linkedin. Sophie Robinson-Tillett, who joined the team in 2016 as Deputy Editor, has been promoted to Editor. She can be found on Linkedin.
Freelance Update – Alison Davidson Experienced interiors and lifestyle editor Alison Davidson is available for freelance commissions/project work. Features, copywriting, styling and content creation. She is also available for commercial opportunities and brand consultancy. Alison’s blog can be viewed at www.alisonaddingstyle.com
BFC TV The Italian private broadcaster BFC TV, in cooperation with Forbes Italia, has now launched the TV show ‘Forbes Women’. It is broadcast on Fridays and presented by Forbes Italia Reporter Roberta Maddalena.
RAI – TGR The following changes have been made to the local editorial teams of TGR, the regional news programme of RAI 3: Nicoletta Grifoni is now Director of TGR Marche. She was previously Deputy Director and replaces Maurizio Blasi, who has now retired. Nicoletta can be found tweeting at twitter.com/nicgrifo Antonio Lupo is now Director of TGR Molise, where he was previously Deputy Director.
Canberra Sunday Times Alex Crowe has started as a Journalist at the Sunday Canberra Times, and writes features for the paper. Prior to this, she was a Journalist at Central Western Daily. Alex can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Willis Towers Watson’s UK Media Awards 2020 REMINDER: Registration is still open for the annual Willis Towers Watson Media Awards, celebrating excellence in business journalism. The categories cover insurance and risk; HR and benefits; pensions; and investment journalism. In addition to individual journalist awards, we have publication of the year awards for insurance and risk; HR and benefits; pensions; and institutional investment. Both journalist and publication entries will be judged by an expert panel of clients, journalists and Willis Towers Watson experts. The closing deadline for award entries is Friday 21 February. For more information or details on how to enter, email email@example.com
National Press Awards 2019 The shortlist has been announced for the National Press Awards 2019. The Awards recognise reports, correspondents, commentators, columnists, cartoonists, designers, podcasts, photographers, scoops, investigations and campaigns across 42 categories. To view the shortlist, click here. Winners will be announced at a celebratory gala dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London on Thursday 2 April 2020. More information can be found here
Private Eye Paul Foot Award 2020 The Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism is now accepting entries. Set up in memory of revered journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004, the award honours the UK’s most brilliant, talented and determined journalists working in the fields of investigative and campaigning journalism today. The deadline for entries is 1pm on Wednesday 1 April and entries must be submitted by post only. The winning entry will be awarded £5,000 in a ceremony in London on 3rd June 2020. More information is available here
Women In Media The 5th annual Women In Media conference is from 7 – 8 March 2020 at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. The series of workshops, panel discussions and Q&A’s from inspirational women from across a huge range of fields, gives proceeds to Manchester Action on Street Health. Guests include Nicola Thorpe (Coronation Street), Cath Addis (BBC World News), Dorothy Byrne (Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4), Emma Goswell (Gaydio), Gilberte Roulstone (Sky News), among others. More information is available here
British Vogue’s Forces for Change British Vogue has announced the line-up for the first Forces for Change event on Saturday 7th March with Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, OBE at The WOW Foundation’s 10th anniversary WOW – Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre. Edward Enninful has invited artists, activists, fashion pioneers and friends to join him for an evening of intimate conversation exploring the key topics that came out of British Vogue’s September Issue guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. For ticket sales and further details go here
The Ultimate PR & Comms Training Day Nine Media Training is running the next session of ‘The Ultimate PR & Comms Training Day – get your stories into the media’ on 28 February. Run by experienced national journalists and PRs Karen Attwood (ex-The i,Independent on Sunday, PA) and Becky Howard, (ex-Stylist Live and Good Housekeeping Celebrity Editor) of Nine Media Training, this course has been curated to deliver insider content that will leave PRs of all levels motivated, energised and bursting with new ideas. The next session takes place on Friday 28 February at the Citizen M Hotel, Bankside, London and to book your place click here.
Alexa Corse has joined The Journal as a reporter covering election security and cybersecurity based in Washington, D.C. She has been with the outlet since 2017 when she joined as a news intern, before heading across the pond to serve as the 2019 Daniel Pearl Memorial Intern based in London. Prior to that, Corse worked as a Washington bureau intern for The Daily Beast.
Jim Christie has joined as a publishing editor with the Journal Pro, based in San Francisco. He makes this move after a near twenty-year endeavor with Reuters as a correspondent covering major U.S. bankruptcy news, energy industry affairs, environmental litigation, financial issues in the Western U.S among other news stories. Christie also served as deputy editor for the Reuters’ Global Markets Forum online community to orchestrate discussions and produced newsletters relating to economic and geopolitical issues.
Caitlin McCabe has joined The Journal to cover financial markets. She comes from the Philidelphia Inquirer where she spent four years, first as a metro reporter, followed by a real estate reporter. McCabe makes her return to The Journal after previously serving as a health and science reporter intern in 2014.
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette has hired Eliza Hussman as its newest managing editor. She comes from serving as VP of audience development for WEHCO Media, the owner of the Democrat-Gazette and other publications. She has also previously served as an executive editor for The Sentinel-Record and Hot Springs on the GO! Magazine for more than one year.
Elizabeth Young has joined the New York Business Journal as a reporter covering commercial real estate and economic development. Previously she worked for the Albany Business Review for more than four years, most recently as a reporter covering New York state government, economic development policy, taxes, regulation and health care.
Jessica Leibman has been promoted to global managing editor for Insider. She makes this move up after being an executive managing editor for the outlet for more than four years. Leibman has been with Insider since 2010, prior to that she served as an editor for Big Think and before that as an editor at Conde Nast.
Benjamin Goggin has switched beats to serve as a digital culture editor covering internet, memes, influencers, and teenagers. He previously worked on weekend editorial content where he covered breaking news, technology, politics, race and more. Prior to joining Insider he spent more than one year at Digg as a news editor.
Evi Heilbrunn has been tapped by Meredith Corp. to be their newest associate general manager of Health & Parenting vertical, primarily for Parents. She most recently served as a senior director of product management for Everyday Health Group. Heilbrunn has also written for the Philidelphia Inquirer, U.S. News & World Report, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
KCIX-FM “Mix 106” in Boise, Idaho, has debuted a new morning show, “Moug & Carly” with two new hires:
John Moug has joined the “Moug & Carly” morning show to host alongside Carly Cash. He has previously been with XETRA-FM in San Diego where he served as host for more than four years. Moug also spent more than 12 years with KLUC-FM in Las Vegas where he held both the afternoon hosting shift as well as nightly host.
Carly Cash has joined the morning show to host alongside John Moug. She has been with KCIX-FM since September 2019. Prior to that, Cash spent more than four years at KAWO-FM in Boise, Idaho as an on-air personality.
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February 14th. Whether you love it or hate it, one thing is for sure: Valentine’s Day means more pictures of couples flooding your feed.
If you’re considering posting a cute, new photo of you and your boo this weekend or planning to photograph a couple for your blog, we’ve compiled a few suggestions to help you do just that.
1. Wear Complementary Clothing
Pick outfits that make you feel good, match in terms of formality, and just go well together. You want to strike that perfect balance between wearing completely unrelated outfits and looking like Britney and Justin circa 2001. In the example here, you can see how the patterned shawl includes gray that helps tie together with the solid, gray sweater.
2. Go Easy on the PDA
Most people don’t want to see a full on make-out shot. Instead, show your closeness with an almost kiss, posing forehead to forehead, or a kiss on the cheek.
3. Similar Expression
Make sure you’re both conveying the same emotion. If one person is more pensive and romantic while the other is laughing, it can feel a bit awkward.
4. Interact with each other
Get a cute candid by engaging with each other and having fun. Keep it simple with just walking together hand-in-hand or take it up a notch by picking each other up or even dancing.
5. Be yourselves
If you’re the goofy couple, be goofy. If you’re more of the quiet and reserved type, then showcase that part of your personalities. When thinking about the overall tone of the photos, you’ll also want to consider things like location and personal styling to fit the mood you’re going for.
6. Share the spotlight
No one should always be the sidekick, i.e. the one always giving you the kiss on the cheek or looking at you lovingly. Take turns being the focal point or, better yet, do more 50/50.
7. Take a step back
If you’re farther away from the camera to get the backdrop in the frame – no need to smile at the camera. Get a nice silhouette or look at each other for that fairy-tale photo.
8. Hire a pro
When in doubt, hire someone to take photos of you and your boo. Talk with your photographer about the things you enjoy doing together and what you have in mind to get the most out of your session.
Cornwall Live / Devon Live Etre Vous Evening Standard HELLO! Online The Independent Jewish Chronicle / Jewish News PA Media Group SHOP S&P Global Market Intelligence Freelance Update – Roger Aitken Freelance Update – Amy Dawson Freelance Update – Ed Hutchings Freelance Update – Natasha Preskey Freelance Update – Kitty Robson Freelance Update – Francesca Steele Freelance Update – David Taylor International Media Moves One World Media Awards BSME Talent Awards 2020 2019 Wincott Awards Regional Press Awards 2019 Women in Journalism CIJ Summer Conference
Cornwall Live / Devon Live Cornwall Live and Devon Live are adding new sections to their websites which will be dedicated to local regions. Cornwall Live is launching the section Truro Live, while Torbay Live and Exeter Live will be new additions to the Devon site. The sections will also have daily email newsletters for registered users.
Etre Vous Rebecca Barnes has been appointed managing editor of etrevous.com, covering for Miriam Christie who is now on maternity leave. Rebecca will be working three days a week and is interested in hearing about aesthetics and beauty trends, treatments, tweakments, products and news. Rebecca will also continue to freelance as a travel, cruise, beauty and lifestyle writer. She can be found tweeting at www.twitter.com/rebeccabjourno and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/rebeccabjourno
Evening Standard Jack Webb has been appointed Gaming and Tech Writer for the Evening Standard. He comes from The Independent, where he worked as a Reporter, wrote game reviews and also did video editing for social pages. Jack, who starts the role next week, can be found tweeting at twitter.com/JackWebb92
HELLO! Online Laura Sutcliffe, Fashion and Beauty News Editor at HELLO! Online, is now on maternity leave. Enquiries can be directed to the HELLO! Online lifestyle team.
The Independent Ben Chu has returned to The Independent as Economics Editor after one year at Newsnight. Ben can be found tweeting at https://twitter.com/benchu_
Jewish Chronicle / Jewish News The boards of the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News have announced their intention to form a joint charitable trust to secure the future of both newspapers. The completion of a legal agreement is dependent on the necessary funds being raised; both newspapers would continue to be published under one editorial and commercial team.
PA Media Group PA Media Group has acquired the stock images company Alamy, which will maintain its brand identity and will operate as a subsidiary. Alamy’s stock imagery collections comprise of almost 200 million photographs, vectors and panoramic images.
SHOP SHOP magazine is now being produced by the award-winning creative agency, Rhapsody. SHOP remains owned by tax-free shopping market leader Global Blue, and will continue to provide its high-net-worth readership with information on where to shop, eat and visit on their travels. The SHOP team have moved to Rhapsody’s office in London.
S&P Global Market Intelligence James Waldron has joined the London newsroom of S&P Global Market Intelligence as Healthcare Industry Editor. Previously Editor of Chemist + Druggist, James can be found tweeting for twitter.com/SPGMIHealthcare.
Freelance Update – Roger Aitken Roger Aitken no longer works as a contributor to Forbes. A former FT writer covering fintech and exchanges and recently shortlisted in the annual State Street Institutional UK press awards (Business Market Commentary) and a former winner (for Regulation), he is available for freelance commissions. He covers a range of topics, including trading technology, investment, asset management, consumer finance, Blockchain/crypto and ESG/SRI/green issues. Also offers a PR and editing service. He tweets via twitter.com/AitkenRL
Freelance Update – Amy Dawson Amy Dawson, previously Acting Lifestyle Editor at Fabulous magazine, has returned to freelancing. She is available for features commissions, editing, proofing, copywriting and ghostwriting. She can be found on Instagram at www.instagram.com/amydawsonjourno
Freelance Update – Ed Hutchings Freelance Journalist and tour guide Ed Hutchings is available for commissions regarding anything wildlife-related, including travel. He has written for BBC Wildlife, Birdwatch, Bird Watching, Discover Britain, Hertfordshire Life, RSPB Nature’s Home and The Telegraph among others. He has also written online for Blue Sky Wildlife and Nature Travel Network. Ed can be found tweeting at www.twitter.com/edhutchings
Freelance Update – Natasha Preskey Natasha Preskey has left her role as Senior Journalist at BBC Three and BBC News to go freelance. She writes features on a variety of topics including health, science, gender and sex & relationships, and is available for in-house shifts, contracts and commissions. She can be found tweeting twitter.com/NatashaPreskey and you can see examples of her work at natashapreskey.com
Freelance Update – Kitty Robson After four years at the title, Kitty Robson is leaving her position of HUNGER’s Online Editor to go freelance. An editor, writer, social media manager and creative, Kitty Robson is available for commissions and opportunities in the realms of culture, fashion, beauty, film, music, travel, food and more. Kitty can be found on Instagram www.instagram.com/kittyrobson or on Twitter twitter.com/kittyrobson_
Freelance Update – Francesca Steele Award-winning journalist Francesca Steele has left her role as a Senior Writer at The Times to go freelance. She would like to hear from PRs about the Arts (books and film) as well as feminist issues and real life interviews. She has written extensively for The Times, The Telegraph, the i, the Daily Mail, The Spectator, The Economist, New Scientist and Empire.
Freelance Update – David Taylor Freelance journalist David Taylor is on the hunt for anything weird and wonderful regarding travel (he’ll go anywhere), food & drink and sport. He’s available for both written and broadcast commissions, alongside editing and copywriting opportunities. He can be found at instagram.com/davidrstaylor
International Media Moves
Irish Farmers Journal Lorcan Allen has been promoted to Agribusiness Editor at the Irish Farmers Journal, where he was previously Agribusiness Reporter. Lorcan can be found tweeting at twitter.com/lorcanallen
The Daily Mail Australia Matilda Rudd has been promoted to Senior Femail Reporter at the Daily Mail Australia, where she was previously a Reporter. She has also worked as Producer and News Reader at ABC Radio Australia, and as Producer for Mamamia Women’s network (including former websites The Motherish and The Glow). Matilda covers lifestyle, beauty, and women’s interest stories.
Nine 60 Minutes Alex Bernhardt has been appointed Associate Producer for 60 Minutes on the Nine Network. 60 Minutes covers worldwide investigative reports, interviews, breaking news and current affairs. Alex has been a Reporter for A Current Affair on Nine, and for Nine News Brisbane, Nine News Queensland and Nine News Gold Coast. She can be found tweeting at twitter.com/ABernhardt9
The Dominion Post Laura Wiltshire has started as a Journalist at The Dominion Post, New Zealand. Prior to this, she was a Journalist at The Hawke’s Bay Today. She is based in Wellington and covers general interest news. Laura can be found tweeting at twitter.com/laura_lwiltsh
One World Media Awards The One World Media Awards are open for entries until 13 February 2020. They recognise the best media coverage of developing countries, reflecting the social, political and cultural life of people around the globe. The Awards are open to journalists and filmmakers from all over the world and have 15 categories, highlighting work from all media platforms and across a wide range of genres and themes. More information can be found here
BSME Talent Awards 2020 LAST CHANCE TO ENTER The BSME Talent Awards 2020: EXTENDED ENTRY DEADLINE: FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY. The Talent Awards reward the brilliance of the all-too-often overlooked members of editorial and digital teams. There are 18 categories to choose from, including the new Best student magazine category, to reward achievements over the past 12 months. It’s an opportunity to reward your brightest stars and showcase their work. Click here for full details and entry forms.
2019 Wincott Awards Entries are open until 14 February for the Wincott Awards for 2019, which recognise excellence in business, economic and financial journalism. This is the 50th year in which the awards have been made by the Wincott Foundation. For details on eligibility for each award and how to apply, go here.
Regional Press Awards 2019 Entries for the Regional Press Awards are now open. The awards comprise of 38 categories covering daily and weekly newspapers, websites and social media platforms. The closing date for entries is 2 March and a shortlist will be announced in April 2020 ahead of the awards ceremony on Friday 5 June 2020 at the IET, Savoy Place, London.
Women in Journalism Award-winning journalist, author and WIJ committee member Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is chairing a panel to support women of colour and to celebrate International Women’s Day: 11 March, 18:30-21:00 at the University of Westminster. The panel includes Nikki Bedi (TV and radio broadcaster, BBC), Kasia Delgado (Deputy Opinion Editor, the i paper), Hannah Pool (Journalist, Author and Artistic Director), Rabiya Limbada (Journalist, BBC World Service) and Zing Tsjeng (Executive Editor, ViceUK and Author of the Forgotten Women series). More information can be found here
Centre for Investigative Journalism Summer Conference Bookings are now open for the CIJ Summer Conference, which takes place from 25 – 27 June 2020 at Goldsmiths, University of London. The CIJ Summer Conference is the UK’s only journalism training event with an emphasis on teaching investigative skills. More information can be found here