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Report Writing - an Alternative Income Stream For Journalists

Started this discussion. Last reply by Inga Vesper Nov 12, 2010. 6 Replies

What with some Italian journalists earning the grand total of two Euros per article, especially when writing for web based media, journalism alone may not be enough to help some journalists get…Continue

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Bad News Rules the Roost - but does it have to?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diana Lungu Nov 15, 2010. 2 Replies

For reasons to me unknown, we seem to revel in the misfortunes of others.  Bad news, or rather, news about tragedy or scandal, sells papers and brings hoards of visitors to websites.There is,…Continue

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Rikard Berglin left a comment for Alex Roe
"Hi! I would like to invite you to join www.travelingjournalist.com. Traveling Journalist is a brand new hospitality network, tailor made for journalists. Over at Traveling Journalist we help visiting colleagues from around the world…"
Feb 16, 2013
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Andy

My photo of Andy, ex-Italian popstar, turned pop artist. I spoke to Andy briefly at a Fiat event I attended. He speaks excellent English. He was with the Italian band - Bluvertigo.
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A pop art Fiat 500

Photo by me from a Fiat event I was invited to. The design is by ex-popstar, turned pop artist, Andy - formerly of the Italian band Bluvertigo.
Dec 10, 2010
Diana Lungu replied to Alex Roe's discussion Bad News Rules the Roost - but does it have to?
"Yes, bad news makes the headlines and sells newspapers and raises audiences. I could assume it is the same everywhere... If anyone has ever heard anything about Moldova it will only be related to trafficking of people, separatist region of…"
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Mariam Alimi replied to Alex Roe's discussion Bad News Rules the Roost - but does it have to?
"Dear Alex Reo, Iam glod you rised the issue of good and bad news, where I can see some words that how the bad news effect in people's mind and thoights. As I am from Afghanistan and everyday you all people reading about all bad news regarding…"
Nov 13, 2010
Inga Vesper replied to Alex Roe's discussion Report Writing - an Alternative Income Stream For Journalists
"A couple of my colleagues at work have gone into report writing, and it can be very good money on the side. However, there are some issues they have experienced. One is of course objectivity. If you write a commissioned report, you will have to…"
Nov 12, 2010
A discussion started by Alex Roe was featured

Report Writing - an Alternative Income Stream For Journalists

What with some Italian journalists earning the grand total of two Euros per article, especially when writing for web based media, journalism alone may not be enough to help some journalists get by.What's to be done if a journalist cannot make enough money to live on?  Find another job?  Go work for a fast food chain or in local government?  Possibly.  There is an alternative though - selling information.Journalists process and analyse an enormous amount of information, and they are objective in…See More
Nov 12, 2010
Rasheed Bisiriyu replied to Alex Roe's discussion Report Writing - an Alternative Income Stream For Journalists
"As much as I want to agree with this, it is not a true reflection of the situation in my country, Nigeria. although people cherish information, they may not be willing to pay for it, because there are thousand and one other people that will be…"
Nov 9, 2010
Aghavni Harutyunyan replied to Alex Roe's discussion Report Writing - an Alternative Income Stream For Journalists
"I totally agree with Francesca. It makes me sad that we should do different things along with journalism to earn enough money for living. But all those things - "consultancy" are really distracting the journalism principles. But - there is…"
Nov 8, 2010
Francesca Micheletti replied to Alex Roe's discussion Report Writing - an Alternative Income Stream For Journalists
"This is certainly a good idea, but it makes me think of a sad direction that journalists are being forced to take nowadays, as they look to alternative sources of income. Public relations, media training, and other "consultancy" services…"
Nov 6, 2010
A discussion started by Alex Roe was featured

Report Writing - an Alternative Income Stream For Journalists

What with some Italian journalists earning the grand total of two Euros per article, especially when writing for web based media, journalism alone may not be enough to help some journalists get by.What's to be done if a journalist cannot make enough money to live on?  Find another job?  Go work for a fast food chain or in local government?  Possibly.  There is an alternative though - selling information.Journalists process and analyse an enormous amount of information, and they are objective in…See More
Oct 25, 2010
Emil Nikolov replied to Alex Roe's discussion Testing Editors' Knowledge of Web Technology in the group Future of Journalism
"Thanks a lot for the best estimate for our site."
Oct 11, 2010
Alex Roe replied to Alex Roe's discussion Testing Editors' Knowledge of Web Technology in the group Future of Journalism
"Bulgarian National Radio is a good brand to have, that is true, Emil. Actually, radio is, as far as I can tell, something which has not suffered too badly as a result of the www revolution - and radio can be broadcast via the www too. Very good to…"
Oct 11, 2010
JL Andrade replied to Alex Roe's discussion Testing Editors' Knowledge of Web Technology in the group Future of Journalism
"You're right, thoose who lead, should know what they're leading (besides whom, offcourse)"
Oct 11, 2010
Alex Roe left a comment for JL Andrade
"Glad it's provoked some thought. I thought it might. Yes, it is good to see that a few of use know something - but others need to know more - hopefully the discussion will lead to some curiosity and thought."
Oct 11, 2010

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About Me

I run a website called BlogfromItaly.com, which, as you may have guessed from the name, is all about Italy.

BlogfromItaly.com is starting to gain some mainstream recognition, with my work having been quoted by the Italian L'Espresso magazine, and in the UK's Guardian Online. Several Wikipedia entries link to posts on BlogfromItaly.com.

Blog posts cover a multitude of subjects, all with Italy as the central theme. My problem is that I have far too many interests. Topics include Italian news, products, travel, politics, and business.

Now there are two more, unpaid, people writing for BlogfromItaly.com, so now we are three. One new scribe writes about Sardinia, and then there is a UK based designer of Italian origin writing about Italian design. I'm now acting as a writer and editor, as I review and edit articles before running them.

The style of Blog from Italy is partly journalistic, and partly blog-style editorial comment.

I am not a journalist, but run training courses on how to write press releases for Italian media relations master students. I work with Italian publishing group, Il Sole 24 Ore as an English teacher and trainer, and have several contacts who are 'real' journalists, including one who is an ex-Associated Press editor, and Pulizer Prize candidate.

Content from Blog from Italy is featured on the Global Post news website, which thinks Blog from Italy is one of the world's top 350 blogs.

As far as I am aware, BlogfromItaly.com is one of a kind in terms of sites doing more than merely talking about Italian food wine, and travel in Italy.

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At 7:41 on February 16, 2013, Rikard Berglin said…

Hi!


I would like to invite you to join www.travelingjournalist.com. Traveling Journalist is a brand new hospitality network, tailor made for journalists.

Over at Traveling Journalist we help visiting colleagues from around the world with everything related to journalism.

This can be anything from a free place to sleep, doing research, interpreting, taking photos, video editing or booking interviews.

This way we can all travel the world for cheap, make new friends and make our jobs even more fun. It’s pretty great!

Traveling Journalist is totally free and always will be totally free.

Hope to see you there!

At 16:26 on October 11, 2010, JL Andrade said…
Thank you Alex, for starting it.
I know a lilttle bit yes, it seems that at least two of us known some of the latest tools of the trade.
At 15:57 on October 11, 2010, Cristiana Pereira said…
Thanks a lot for the idea. Actually that's something we face in Portugal too... but it's not new. In all of times, all eras my country saw people going out. And now I think it's a new round coming.

I will try to focus on that issue by using more articles like that but from other countries too. Starting with Italy, looking at Portugal and much more.

Are you open to a short phone interview about this?

Thanks again.

Cristiana
At 14:33 on October 11, 2010, Di Mackey said…
Indeed I do. Of course, I arrived during a busy period in my life. I'm looking forward to a fuller exploration of here soon.
At 14:29 on October 11, 2010, Di Mackey said…
Thanks for the introduction, Alex. I'm quietly impressed by this place and told Erkan, the Istanbul anthropologist/media guy/blogger about it too.
At 14:00 on June 21, 2010, ROSARIA AMATO said…
giusto. Però non so come toglierlo...
At 13:36 on June 21, 2010, ROSARIA AMATO said…
D'accordo. Devo guardarmi per bene il tuo blog! Comunque anch'io ne ho uno:
http://amato.blogautore.repubblica.it/
Allora sentiamoci quando vuoi: questo è il mio interno al giornale
06/49824618
Ciao
Rosaria
At 17:58 on June 17, 2010, ROSARIA AMATO said…
Caro Alex, scusami se ho impiegato tutti questi giorni per accettare la tua richiesta, è solo che ho lavorato tantissimo e non ho guardando il sito. Grazie per l'offerta, guarderò il tuo sito presto e congratulazioni per l'idea!
Ciao
Rosaria
At 14:57 on June 1, 2010, Eszter Pakozdi said…
Check out the collection of endlessly growing articles on today's biggest search-machine and join the team of "Google Watch"-ers! Articles, comments and opinions are more than welcome!!!
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At 12:43 on May 21, 2010, Kathlyn Clore said…
Hi Alex,

Thanks for joining, and congratulations on your success with Blog from Italy. It sounds like your "partly journalistic and partly blog-style editorial comment" approach is working well.

What prompted you to start this site, and what do you think motivates your new contributors to work without being paid? I'm really curious in what motivates people to work for free online. Not that there's anything wrong with doing so, just that it is to me an interesting phenomenon - people adding videos to CNN's iReport for example.

Very cool that you're featured on Global Post, as well. I think Global Post is doing a great job of drawing out good quality international reporting.
 
 
 

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