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NPR Partners With Quora to Cover Sochi 2014

72415v4-max-250x250Sochi 2014 is well underway now, and news surrounding the event, whether journalist complaints about hotel conditions on social media or traditional Olympics coverage, is pretty easy to find.

But to add another layer of context and value to the Olympics experience for the viewer at home, public radio broadcaster NPR is partnering with Quora. NPR is teaming up with the popular blogging/knowledge platform to cross-post interesting questions and answers created by Quora readers specifically related to this year’s Winter Games.

Kate Myers of NPR Business Partnerships announced the collaboration in a post on Quora last week.

“A key part of our mission at National PublicRadio is to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. That’s why I appreciate Quora: it helps foster that understanding with quality answers to your questions, small and large,” Myers wrote.

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How to Stop the Online Harassment of Female Journalists

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“Happy to say we live in the same state. Im looking you up, and when I find you, im going to rape you and remove your head.” That’s a tweet Slate writer Amanda Hess received from her stalker. Unfortunately, Hess’ situation is not uncommon. In fact, female journalists being harassed and threatened online has become an epidemic.

Hess recently wrote a lengthy piece on the subject for the Pacific Standard. She discovered that of all the people who reported being stalked and harassed online from 2000 to 2012, 72.5 percent were female. “No matter how hard we attempt to ignore it, this type of gendered harassment — and the sheer volume of it — has severe implications for women’s status on the Internet,” Hess argued.

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How Starting a Blog Can Help Market Your Book

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As part of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, we gave you advice on creating your book proposal (whether it be nonfiction or a novel). The next step in getting your work into the hands of millions is marketing. Although it may seem daunting at first (thoughts of hitting up every Barnes & Noble in the country spring to mind), it’s not as intimidating as it sounds.

We got the lowdown from agents, authors and publishers on the key ingredients to an effective, mostly-DIY marketing campaign. One great revelation is that starting a blog is a great way to sell your book — and keep interest in your writing alive:

As an author who may also be a full-time writer chasing deadlines all day, regularly maintaining a blog may be the last thing you want to do with those precious free moments off the clock. But, says Sherrie Wilkolaski, founder and president of Author’s Boutique and PubSmart, a blog is actually the best way to build a platform that ultimately generates book sales. “Obviously, the search engines love it, it keeps the author’s website active and it gets [the author] out there building more content.” Not sure what to blog about? For nonfiction writers, Wilkolaski recommends providing daily content and tips that position you as an expert in your subject area. And for novelists, she’s had a lot of success having her authors blog as one of their characters to keep readers interested and engaged between releases.

For more marketing tips, including advice on hiring professional help, read: 6 Ways to Effectively Market Your Book.

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Journalist-Made Liveblog Pro Connects Real-Time Blogging and Twitter

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 9.26.36 PMWe talk often about reporting news in real time on this blog. Live-tweeting, live-blogging, live-streaming — the whole shebang. We’ve talked about ScribbleLive and CoverItLive as options for breaking things quickly via a live blog to your readers. But don’t forget about Liveblog Pro.

The UK-based company launched in beta about a year ago, but I didn’t hear about it until Digital First Media’s Digital Transformation Editor Steve Buttry mentioned it in passing during a post about the pros and cons of live-tweeting versus live-blogging Monday, the topic of which several industry professionals passionately discussed via Twitter recently (spoiler alert: Buttry says they’re both vital; neither is superior).

Anyway, using the Liveblog Pro software doesn’t require any knowledge of code and was created specifically for journalists. In a nutshell, Liveblog Pro ”allows publishers to cover a wide range of content — from events, to developing news stories, to Q&A sessions.” It was even used by Columbia Journalism Review on election night in 2012.

Now, for the part you really care about: what does it offer, and what does it cost?

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NY Post Reporter on How to Create a Successful Blog: ‘Consistency’

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Jozen Cummings likes to call himself a professional ‘date-maker’ and that’s an accurate description for his career as of late. Cummings is the dating reporter for the New York Post‘s Meet Market column, and he runs the blog ‘Until I Get Married,’ where he shares the ups and downs of bachelorhood.

Cummings, whose writing has appeared everywhere from Essence to The New York Times Magazine, had no dating-related clips to show for himself when he initially went in for the interview at the Post. But he did have his personal blog on the topic, which helped him land the gig.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Cummings talks about setting up blind dates, his writing process and how to cultivate a following on your blog:

Now that you’ve been kind of accidentally intentional with your blog’s success, what advice would you give up-and-coming bloggers to optimize their blog’s popularity? 

I think the most important thing is to find a schedule and be as consistent as possible with it because that’s the thing that people need in order to engage — consistency. It’s more important that you publish your post on the same day every week than it is for you to write five different times five days a week. Do it once a week for four weeks at the same time and then the fifth week, have a post ready, but don’t post. Give it a day. And I guarantee there will be somebody who you didn’t know was reading who will hit you up and say, “Yo, where’s my post?”

For more advice and what it’s like to be a dating reporter, read: So What Do You Do, Jozen Cummings, Blogger And Dating Columnist For The New York Post?

– Aneya Fernando

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