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Posts Tagged ‘websites’

3 Easy Tools for Building a Professional Website

These days, finding freelance (or even full-time) work without an established and thoughtful web presence is next to impossible. It’s important to have an online presence that’s “Google-ready,” with a smart-looking website that shows off your professional work in a formal yet stylish setting, to lure publications into your professional brand and show them your best work.

But it’s hard to quickly put together a professional portfolio website with a dearth of disposable skills and time, and not many freelancers have the extra budget to hire a web designer.Thankfully, there are some fast, simple and stunning portfolio-building websites that will not only put your work online but also do it with the right amount of flair. Here are three standouts, with their ease and good looks, that can give you a great portfolio website without breaking the bank.

What’s your favorite portfolio website? Let us know in the comments.


One of the most difficult tasks involved in sending a pitch packet or cover letter is including relevant clips. Whether it’s sending a large and ugly PDF or including a set of links at the bottom of the email, it’s rare that clips are presented in a simple and smart way — and can also do more for your web presence.

Enter Pressfolios, a minimalist and lightning-quick way to put all of your clips in one place. Now out of private beta, the portfolio website offers an easy and evergreen place to store all relevant clips online and presents them in a thoughtful, tile-based presentation. Compiling clips is as easy as copying over a URL from your favorite article and pasting it into the Pressfolios reader. You can also select your own image for the article to make the most visual impact. Once your portfolio is put together, you can encourage potential employers to access it through a smart permalink in your cover letter — making clips an easy and fluid part of your application package.  Read more

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Major Update Comes To StumbleUpon

Popular discovery engine StumbleUpon is rolling out a major update.

A lot of the update is cosmetic, the blog VentureBeat reported yesterday.

For instance, the service sports a new orange logo, and a new design (it looks sort of like YouTube’s new redesign).

But most exciting to content creators is the addition of “Stumble Channels.” These are channels hand-curated around a certain topic. The selections here can be selected by brands, celebrities or StumbleUpon staff. All links are verified by staff. This feature will not be a part of StumbleUpon’s discovery algorithm. Read more

The Top 10 Ways Journalists Use the Internet

According to a new survey, one of the least popular ways journalists use the Internet is to create podcasts. But what is the top use? Is it to lurk on Facebook or Twitter? Or is it to constantly go on Google and search for story ideas? What do the majority of journalists use the Internet for?

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News of the World and Twitter, as an infographic

As part of its ongoing coverage of the News of the World scandal involving cell phone hacking, The Guardian has produced a nifty interactive infographic that marries the reaction on Twitter to the story’s development over time.

Much like The New York Times here in the the U.S., the Guardian in the U.K. often makes use of infographics to tell stories, and give added dimensions to stories in other formats.

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California Watch Enhances Reader Engagement With Redesign

California Watch, a reporting initiative launched by the Center for Investigative Reporting in 2009, officially unveiled its redesigned site today and to say it emphasizes reader engagement is an understatement. With a bevy of new features, such as an easier commenting system and adding Tweets automatically to the comment stream, you have to go out of your way to avoid interacting with the site.

“We really wanted to upgrade the viewer experience and our readers’ ability to interact with us,” said Mark Katches, editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch.

But my favorite part of the redesign is the “React & Act” section. Much like a calendar section, this lists where and how readers can interact with the reporters who make up California Watch. For example, the site lists when reporter Joanna Lin will be participating in an Asian American Journalists Association workshop.

This takes down the invisible wall that can sometimes exist between journalists and their audience members. Remember, reporters are just people. It’s easy to forget this if you only read, in print or online, what someone writes — their byline is faceless. At the end of the day, reporters should want to hear from their readers — whether it be in person, via email, or by a phone call.

What other sites do you go to that encourage reader engagement?