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Interior Design Blogs UK Top 10

Last Updated 24/03/2016

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.

9. HomeShoppingSpy

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.

10. WowHaus

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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Wall Street Journal commemorates 125 years

The Wall Street Journal celebrates its 125th birthday today. The first issue that was published on 8 July in 1889, was a four page afternoon paper priced at 2 cents a copy. Today, WSJ boasts of over 2.2 million subscribers, 12 global versions in nine languages and reporters spread across 75 countries.

To commemorate the anniversary, The Journal has published special content that takes readers back in history and forward in time with a reproduction of its first front page from 1889 in print, an extensive archive showing how they covered many of the big stories of the past 125 years on its website, WSJ.com as well as a special report, The Future of Everything, which is about “tomorrow’s world.”

In a letter to readers, Gerard Baker, editor in chief, The Wall Street Journal said: ‘As we mark this milestone, we rededicate ourselves to bringing you the news and analysis you rely on, however you want it delivered. In a fast-changing and complicated world, The Wall Street Journal stands committed to being your essential guide, engaging, informing and, we hope, delighting you along the way.’  

 

The first issue of the Wall Street Journal:

 

125 years of the WSJ chronicled:

 

Highlights from the Online Media Awards

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:

drinks reception 2

And was followed by a selfie competition. Some of the entries included:

 

 

Taking home the bubbly, the best selfie of the night went to:

Doc Brown, comedian, rapper and actor, in performance:

The winners of the night included:

Cision’s Kirsti Kauronen presented five awards. Here is she on stage:

KK

 

Summing it all up in a single tweet:

news:rewired digital journalism conference; an overview

‘Mobile is not coming, it’s here, it’s now…but it’s just the beginning.’ The quote from David Ho, editor of mobile, tablets and emerging technology at The Wall Street Journal perhaps best sums up the central theme of Journalism.co.uk’s 2014 news:rewired conference held on 20 February at the MSN Headquarters in London.

From cats to conflicts, speakers representing leading newsrooms and digital media companies, covered the key topics and tools that make content read, liked and shared online.

BuzzFeed’s editorial director Jack Shepherd stayed true to the company’s style by listing five ways to make content shareable. Jack supported his presentation with the examples that helped turn BuzzFeed into the internet phenomenon it is today. 

Other highlights include a keynote address by Hannah Waldram, community manager, EMEA for Instagram and a session on immersive storytelling and production led by John Crowley, digital editor, WSJ.com and Joseph Stashko, digital news development editor of The Times and Sunday Times. 

Cision caught up with speakers and journalists between sessions to learn the part PRs can play in this digital transformation of news. We will be publishing the interviews, BuzzFeed’s winning tips and other key takeaways from the conference over the coming week,  so stay connected!

For now, here is a look at the best of the conference as reported collectively by attendees on Twitter via the hashtag #newsrw

Highlights from #newsrw

Return of the civil discourse

“Who are you all? Why don’t you stop hiding behind your pseudonyms and tell us about yourselves?”

These questions were asked by Polly Toynbee, by some reckonings the most influential political commentator in the UK media, back in 2006, in the early days of the Guardian’s pioneering Comment is Free.

But there are increasing signs that Polly’s “vain hope” for “civil discourse” might not be as vain as once thought. As the New York Times reports (H/T journalism.co.uk), both the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal plan to revise their comment systems, doubtless raising questions at other mainstream news organisations where the freedom to comment anonymously has been as much sacred cow as it is well-established policy.

According to the HuffPo’s Arianna Huffington: “As the rules of the road are changing and the Internet is growing up, the trend is away from anonymity.”

Not everywhere, however. Unvarnished, discussed by my colleague Andrea Weinfurt on the Cision US blog last week, is a site whose sole purpose is to provide a forum for anonymous business reviews – of  colleagues and bosses, of clients and companies, of anyone or anything. As Andrea concluded:

Unvarnished implies coarseness and more often than not, negativity. As a public relations professional, it’s hard to control reputation when a site like Unvarnished provides a resource for people who have an axe to grind.

Unvarnished is regulated in so much as on-site activity is tied to Facebook profiles, but given much of the all-too-human behaviour that finds expression on social networks this seems a less-than-convincing safeguard. The mainstream media might be moving toward cleansing their online presence of undesirables, but the Internet growing up?

There, truly, is a vain hope.