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1. Mad about the house
If you are mad about interiors, then you better visit this blog. It’s got ideas that range from mild to wild and visuals that make you want to redecorate. Author and interiors journalist, Kate Watson-Smyth, uses a friendly, conversational tone that puts readers at the heart of every home.
2. Dear Designer’s Blog
Author Carole King started this blog in 2009 as a way to create her ‘own little library of loveliness.’ The library she created helped her to then start up a digital interiors magazine. The Dear Designer blog remains her first love and boasts an extensive blogroll.
3. The Design Sheppard
Author Stacey Sheppard calls the blog her ‘online home’ and you are invited in. This blog stands out from others on the list for the functional yet beautiful ideas it offers – like for real homes.
4. Design Hunter
Launched in 2009, author Helen Powell’s Design Hunter is now an award-winning design and lifestyle blog with a focus on understated luxury and enduring modern design.
5. Love Chic Living
Author Jen Stanbrook has been busy writing a series about loft conversions and at other times, picking up awards including the Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Best Interiors Blog award! Jen shows off her ‘insatiable love of home decor, interior design and home accessories’ through the blog that first started out in 2012.
6. Fresh Design Blog
The name says it all – it’s a fresh take on interiors. This blog offers ideas and inspiration for the modern and contemporary home and does so keeping costs in mind. Palm reading wallpaper, back to school bargains, geometric coffee cup sets…you get the gist?
7. Abigail Ahern
Recognised amongst design aficionados and devotees, Abigail Ahern’s blog is still one of the most influential interior design blogs out there and is a regular in our Top 10!
8. Sophie Robinson
Sophie has worked interior design for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge about the industry. Over the years Sophie has made a name for herself and appeared on BBC2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge.
Featuring an array of different writers this blog features the latest decorating looks to the best new home-improvement ideas, plus new products from high-street stores that will help you to create your ideal home.
This is a blog that picks out the best and most interesting properties on the market. The properties featured on the site are very stylish with stunning architecture.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these interior design blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.
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The Guardian has much to celebrate after winning the maximum awards including the top accolade at The Drum’s Online Media Awards that took place on Wednesday at the Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel in London.
The awards night, co-sponsored by Cision UK, celebrated the best in online news and journalism, and was attended by some of the world’s leading media organisations including The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Times, Channel 4, ITN and The BBC to name a few.
The Guardian won website of the year which was also chosen as the Grand Prix – the group took home an overall of 4 awards and a commendation. The Chairman’s Award, chosen by Noel Young of ReportBoston.com, went to RadioTimes.com.
BBC News Online and Channel 4 News both won 3 awards each while BACP won the award for Best Health/Education News Site for TherapyToday.net.
In the Individual awards the Online Editor of the Year went to Anna Doble, Channel 4 News. Digital Writer of the year was presented to Geoff White also from Channel 4 News and Best Freelance writer was awarded to Simon Hooper for Al Jazeera English Online. Outstanding Digital Team of the Year was given to the.guardian.com.
The full list of winners, across all award categories, can be found on the Online Media Awards website but for a look at what really went on at the awards ceremony, scroll on down:
The event started out with a champagne reception:
And was followed by a selfie competition. Some of the entries included:
— Christian (@Christian1607) June 11, 2014
Taking home the bubbly, the best selfie of the night went to:
Doc Brown, comedian, rapper and actor, in performance:
— Angela Haggerty (@TheDrumAngela) June 11, 2014
The winners of the night included:
Cision’s Kirsti Kauronen presented five awards. Here is she on stage:
Summing it all up in a single tweet:
— OnlineMediaAwards (@OM_Awards) June 12, 2014
The Online Media Awards presented by The Drum in association with Cision is set to take place at the Marriott Grosvenor Square in London on 11 June. The award ceremony, now in its fourth year, identifies the best and boldest in online news-creativity. The awards are spread across 32 categories and include Marketer of the Year, Brand of the Year and Marketing Agency of the Year, among others.
The shortlist of nominees will be disclosed on the 1 May and the winners will be announced at the event.
Although the official entry deadline for The Online Media Awards has now passed, extensions have been made available. If you would like to arrange an extension, please contact Caity Ryan on 0141 559 6063 or submit your entries online at www.onlinemediaawards.net
Sabina is on holiday so here is my pick of comms news curated from @CisionUK over the last week.
Yahoo to broadcast Sky News morning show across website network by @marksweney via the Guardian
Yahoo has struck a deal with Sky News to broadcast Sunrise, its flagship morning news show presented by Eamonn Holmes and Charlotte Hawkins, and three new video series across its network of websites in 177 countries.
Under the deal, an online hub will be developed for Sunrise, which will be hosted at Yahoo News UK, and there will also be three original co-commissioned series covering politics, technology and business.
Broadcaster Channel 4 has picked up a number of prizes at this year’s Online Media Awards, including Website of the Year and Outstanding Digital Team of the Year, while presenter Jon Snow won an award for Best Twitter Feed.
The awards, handed out at a ceremony held at the Emirates Stadium in London, also saw Channel 4 win the prize for Best Social Media and Best Site for News-Led Journalism and Technical Innovation categories.
Facebook today announced that it is bringing hashtags to its service, letting users add context to a post, indicate that it is part of a larger discussion, as well as discover shared interests. The company says hashtags have become “a vital part of popular culture” and since it has seen users using them on the social network organically, it has decided to actually implement the feature.
For the last few years it seems that SEOs spend more effort trying to avoid penalties and updates than attempting to get rankings. It started in 2011 with Panda – an algorithm update designed to stop users writing content just for search engines that is notoriously difficult to recover from.
The majority of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are looking to improve their social media presence in 2013, a survey shows.
Groupon, which carried out the poll, found that 58% have plans to expand their brand on social media with the overriding aim of enhancing business activity. A further 28% of SMEs want to improve e-commerce processes this year, while 17% intend to better support social media channels.
The Drum’s Online Media Awards 2013 took place last night at the glamorous Emirates Stadium. The success story of the evening was the Channel 4 News team who managed to take home six awards including the prestigious Website of the Year Grand Prix.
The awards recognise outstanding online news and journalism both on a regional and international level. After dinner and a hilarious ventriloquist show (if you have never experienced the delights of Nina Conti then you’re really missing out), the ceremony began.
Channel 4 News’ head of online Anna Doble was clearly delighted with each win, though she claimed the acceptance speeches should have been given by Jon Snow – absent, she joked, due to him ‘selfishly going to Iran to report on the elections’. The Channel 4 News team also picked up awards for Outstanding Digital Team of the Year, Best Site for News-Led Journalism, Best Use of Social Media, Technical Innovation and Best Twitter Feed for @jonsnowC4.
Though in Iran, Jon Snow managed to share some thoughts on his award win via a medium befitting the achievement:
I’m honoured and daunted by winning #onlinemediawards twitter award: irony in a week when I am in Iran where Twitter so interupted….
— Jon Snow (@jonsnowC4) June 13, 2013
Another big winner of the night was The Huffington Post UK’s Carla Buzasi, who scooped the Online Editor award for a second year running. Carla is having a good week after picking up the Consumer Website 2013 award at the AOP Digital Press Awards last Thursday.
As is expected from a room of online media experts, Twitter was used to report throughout the evening. Using a Cision Social Media Conversation Cloud, we can see that people were using the official (rather long) hashtag #onlinemediaawards, to report the winners of the different ‘best’, ‘online’ and ‘award’ categories, and pass on ‘congratulations’.
The winners were decided by a panel of 18 international judges including chairman Noel Young, owner of ReportBoston.com. While last year’s Chairman’s Award went to the behemoth Mail Online, this year Noel took a different tack and chose local news site The Lincolnite. Collecting the award, associate editor Elizabeth Fish thanked everyone for the three-year-old website’s first award.
True to ever-changing nature of online media, last year’s big winners the Guardian only managed one commendation this time around for the Guardian Data’s London Olympic data special site. The winners of the biggest awards are as follows:
Website of the Year (Grand Prix)
Channel 4 News/ITN
Stonebow Media For thelincolnite.co.uk
Online Editor of the Year
Carla Buzasi, Editor in Chief at The Huffington Post UK
Digital Writer of the Year
Dave Gilbert, Technology editor at International Business Times UK
Outstanding Digital Team of the Year
Sponsored by the British Journalism Review
Channel 4 News web team
Best Freelance Writer
Teo Kermeliotis from CNN
Congratulations to all the nominees (especially the Royal Society of Chemistry’ Chemistry World, which got the biggest cheer of the night), those commended and award winners. A special congratulations has to go to the Channel 4 News team who, this year, came out on top.
Recently nominated in the Online Media Awards for Best Local/Regional News Site, the website is run by publisher James Fyrne and his partner Michelle Fyrne, who is the editor. James talked to Vuelio about SoGlos’ new internship programme, working online and being successful on social media.
After completing a postgraduate degree in journalism (specialising in PR), James worked at a number of PR agencies in London including Ketchum, Rainier and Harrison Cowley. Believing he was on the ‘wrong side of the fence’, James started freelancing before moving with Michelle to Dubai. The couple worked on two competing arts and entertainment magazines – What’s On and Time Out Dubai – before returning to their home county of Gloucestershire.
Why did you decide to create SoGlos?
We spotted a niche for something arts and entertainment in the county, and everything was moving online at the time we set up SoGlos.com. It took about a year of research and development before the site went live, six years ago this month. Michelle and I self-funded it, did all the project management and launched it. We used an agency to do all the website design and back office work, including the bespoke CMS which we still use today.
How has the team grown?
There are seven of us in total: three editorial, two sales, one design and one development. We have grown by about one person each year. My title used to be deputy editor but as I manage sales, design and development, I recently changed my title to reflect that.
Do you work with external contributors?
We do occasionally use freelancers but we have an in-house staff writer which works better because managing freelancers can take time. We have just launched an internship scheme and received 250 applicants, which we were staggered by.
How will the internship work?
We’re about to take on two editorial interns. They will be given training and guidance as part of a structured placement to make it a useful process for them. The prerequisite for the application is that they had to have some journalism training and ideally some published work, so most of the applicants are from the University of Gloucestershire or the University of West England.
The internship programme is going to be ongoing, we’ve specified interns have to commit to 3-6 months but when one intern finishes we’ll probably take on another. Partly because there’s so much demand, but also if we can build the interns into the team and make it really useful for both parties then it makes sense.
Why did you decide to make SoGlos an online publication?
When we were looking at the market, things were only just starting to move online and we were almost ahead of our time. But online was the obvious choice because that’s where arts and entertainment readers tend to look for the latest up-to-date information. Obviously there’s a certain level of prestige associated with print, but the advantages of digital over print include interactivity, with content such as photo galleries and videos, as well as being able to publish fresh content quickly.
What is your target audience?
Gloucestershire locals and tourists who are interested in making the most of their free time and disposable income. Some people have described us as Gloucestershire’s answer to Time Out London. We don’t have a particular target age, our style is informative and entertaining not young or stuffy. Our music section seems to be more popular with young readers and our culture section, which covers things like open gardens and National Trust properties, is more popular with everyone up to silver surfers.
How do you use social media?
Twitter and YouTube are two of our big successes and we’re in the midst of improving our Facebook following. When we publish full editorial features, they get tweeted automatically via our RSS, which has worked really well. Also, when we’re out and about at a Gloucestershire restaurant, attraction or event, for example, we’ll often take a picture, tweet information, ‘@’ local businesses and interact with them. Twitter is a particularly strong social resource for the arts and entertainment sector.
As for YouTube, we’ve got about 8.5m views across our channel, we think it’s the most popular channel in the south west. We only make one video per quarter and we’ve focused on filming quirky local events like the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling, the World Shin Kicking Championships, Bourton-on-the-Water Football in the River, and a Christmas Day Swim. A few of them have gone viral – I think our most successful is one of our cheese rolling videos which has about 3.6m video views. It has been seen all over the world and we’ve licensed it to a lot of companies.
We’ve got a brand new Facebook page and we have literally only just started a campaign to increase our engagement – and we’re already just shy of a thousand likes. For our reach and readership we should have a lot more likes, but it is an area we’ve neglected a bit and one we’re now keen to improve.
How do you work with PRs?
Most of the local PR agencies and in-house PRs have us on their radar and they send us press releases about anything and everything they’re promoting locally. We have an inbox for PRs, which we look through to identify what’s newsworthy and interesting. We have strict rules about not copying and pasting from releases because we write everything to a house style for our readers.
We also work with some national PRs, for film and music releases as well as national restaurant or bar chains for example, but we’re predominantly focused on Gloucestershire.
We see relationships with PRs as a two-way process, we don’t just wait for something to land in our inbox, if we hear about something juicy then we’ll contact PRs directly to see if there’s an angle for a story.
How do you like to be contacted?
Preferably by email because we can quickly have a look rather than PRs having to do their pitch by phone, which can sometimes be a drawn out process. As an online publica
tion so we’re checking our email every few minutes and it’s as quick as picking up the phone.
Do you accept images?
Sending images always helps because everything we publish has a picture with it. If they do send an image, 10MB is unnecessary (even for print it’s probably too much), a couple of hundred KB is fine. Some of the images we get look like they’ve been taken RAW straight off the camera which is a little frustrating. Also, we only use landscape pictures because of the way our CMS is built.
What do PRs do that’s bad?
The frustrating ones for us are when the PRs haven’t looked at SoGlos – we’re online, it only takes 30 seconds to have a quick look. If they say, ‘This will be of interest to your culture section’, or: ‘I see you did a readers competition, we can offer one too,’ then that’s great. If PRs ring and say: ‘We have an event… it’s in Edinburgh and it’s about OAP retirement homes,’ they obviously haven’t looked at our website and they’re wasting both our time. It’s not brain surgery.
Another thing is to avoid coming at it from the angle of: ‘Could you do me a favour? My client would like it if you could put this on your website.’ Good PRs should be saying: ‘I think your readers would be interested in this.’ Our readers are our number one concern and PRs should always keep that in mind.
Editorial information on James Fyrne, Michelle Fyrne, SoGlos and thousands of other media contacts and outlets, can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.
The finalists for the Online Media Awards have been announced across 25 categories.
The entries were judged by an international team of 21 international industry experts, with the nominees covering a cross section of global and regional titles.
The nominees for the coveted Online Editor of the Year award include last year’s winner Carla Buzasi:
Anna Doble, Head of Online, Channel 4 News
Carla Buzasi, Editor in Chief, The Huffington Post UK
Jessica Vince, Digital Editor, Grazia Daily
Julian Kossoff, Online Editor, International Business Times UK
Julia White, omg! Editor, Yahoo!
Phil Webster, Editor, Times Digital Editions
Other categories include Outstanding Digital Team, Best Video Journalism, Best Commentary/Blogging and Best Use of Crowd Sourcing or Citizen Journalism.
Digital plays an increasingly important part in the UK media landscape and 2013’s winners will be seen as industry trendsetters.
A full list of the nominations can be found on the Online Media Awards website. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 12 June at the Emirates Stadium.
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