What’s the best way to get a start in video or film journalism? According to Adam Westbrook, multimedia producer, journalism lecturer and entrepreneur, go out and make a video.
“Just do it”, was his advice when I interviewed him recently. Practice beats training, says Adam. You will be disappointed with your first efforts, but the best way to begin is to get out in the street and start filming. Continue reading
How’s your blog doing? Is the outlook sunny or are the clouds on the horizon? If you’re struggling to start up, or you’ve been going awhile and you’re flagging, help is at hand. Ileane Smith, the face behind the very successful Basic Blog Tips, has kindly offered some advice.
I was able to interview Ileane recently and she answered these questions:
What’s the first thing a new blogger should do?
The first step to establishing yourself online is – and perhaps this sounds a little crazy — get a Gravatar. Continue reading
Just recently I have interviewed two people who are a mine of information about publishing and self-publishing. I know that’s a topic of huge interest, so I wanted to highlight some of their good advice. They agree that the most important factors are are a quality book, targeting your audience, and the ability to market and promote your work. Continue reading
Publishing is dead, long live publishing. Maybe that’s a bit extreme, but all the evidence is that the old publishing models are unworkable and that we are all publishers now.
Does that mean we old-school publishing professionals should give up, go down the pub and lament the old days? Personally, I don’t think so.
I’m in transition from the old publishing world to the new, but every day I see more and more opportunities for people with solid skills like researching, writing, editing, design, proofreading, and content strategy. Continue reading
When I started blogging six months ago, I had no idea how I was going to illustrate my posts. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to do so. It’s a personal choice, but I am more likely to read a blog with an appealing illustration than one without.
Since then I’ve learned a few things about finding and editing free photos — here are the 10 best. Continue reading
I’m still in transition from the offline world of work to the online one, so I have a lot to learn, to put it mildly. Mastering the intricacies of WordPress, getting used to Google Docs, finding online photo-editing tools that work, and creating a Facebook page (not going there yet), are eating up my days. Continue reading
For the past few months I’ve been following the progress of Andrea Wren, a freelance journalist for The Guardian, as she started her own blog with expert help. There was none of the “5 ways to instantly get rich quick through internet marketing!” hysteria. Continue reading
Writers, how many different ways can you publish your work — books or articles, fiction or non-fiction? If you immediately think of print, think again. Continue reading
Here are eight great tips on writing for the web. They are aimed at journalists but could be useful for anyone who needs to write read-me copy — I’m thinking especially of content marketers. Continue reading