From the US to Turkey to Brazil, established journalists are using their blogs to enhance their reporting in traditional media.
Journalists Share their Stories on WordPress.com
WordPress.com bloggers constantly write about the events that shape the world around them, while some of our VIP partners, like CNN, Time, and TechCrunch (among many others), deliver breaking news on a daily basis.
We’re thrilled to host another community of writers engaged with current events: active journalists who keep personal sites on WordPress.com to enhance and expand on their work in other media outlets. Today, let’s celebrate four of these enterprising, cutting-edge writers.
With a publication list that includes Politico, Foreign Policy, and Slate, journalist and scholar Sarah Kendzior has established herself as a leading voice on politics and the economy.
Sarah has been using her blog as a hub where she updates her readers on her latest articles:
Because I write for a such a wide variety of publications, it’s great to have one place where I can list my articles and post excerpts as I publish them.
Sarah writes regularly on education at the Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere, and is the author of the most popular op-ed ever on Al Jazeera English (where she’s a columnist), on race and ethnicity in the wake of last year’s Boston Marathon attack.
Alex, a freelance journalist and photographer, has been living in Turkey since 2010, and serves as the local correspondent for the Times of London and Christian Science Monitor (with articles also appearing in The Atlantic, Vice, and elsehwere). He features his in-depth coverage of the region on his blog, TurkeyEtc.
His blog first began as “something I could send to editors so that they would know I was switched on and informed about what was going on in Turkey.” It soon developed into a lot more:
It’s now a place where I can expand on issues or topics that interest me, but which for space or editorial reasons I was not able to include in one of my paid articles.
“My professional writing and journalism owes almost everything to blogging. I started my WordPress blog back in 2006-7. The blog gave me the focus I needed to find my voice,” says Damien, whose articles on science fiction, technology, and writing frequently appear at publications like The Guardian, Wired, and Aeon Magazine.
Over the course of its existence, his blog’s role has shifted along with Damien’s career:
It’s where I try out new ideas, and carry on the wider conversation with readers that is always ongoing. Blogging and social media make writing much more like an ongoing conversation than the old top-down model of the mass media.
For those interested, Damien is also a bonafide global nomad, and shares his insights on living and working on the move on his blog as well.
Originally from Brazil, Nicole has studied journalism in England. She brings this global perspective to her commentary on topics as varied as Brazilian politics, pop culture, and feminism. Her articles have appeared in Vice, The Guardian, and The Toast (among many others), and blogging has certainly helped along the way:
Publicizing my work on a blog is incredibly easy and fast, so when editors want to look at my writing I simply send them a link to my blog.
Keeping her blog active goes beyond practical considerations, though. Nicole continues:
Blogging helps me think in a way that is unrestricted in comparison to being published by a publication that has its own style, rules and views. In my blog, I can be me.
Thank you Nicole, Damien, Alex, and Sarah for sharing your experiences (and great writing) with us.
Amazing and interesting journey of journalists. Currently am a student and have have began my own blog and hope will develop it fully.
This is a great way to reach out. I am an MD (foreign graduate), Cyber Kiwanis member (volunteer service organization for children) and an Avon Rep and for people to know how I contribute to my community, and how they can be a part of it too, I feel this is a great platform.
I write a column for Lahaina News on Maui profiling people and supplement it with my blog http://joysofkaanapali.com which has provocative photos of people and not sunsets. I just finished an amazing cruise to Tahiti, Bora Bora etc and took 1000 photos so i started still another blog: http://joysofcelebritysoltice.com Not much is up on the latter yet because I just got back but there will be amazing photos of tahitians, tatoos, and elevator dancers, too numous to mention.
I’m just started my blog (costaalexandra.wordpress.com – Here and There) a few months ago. I’m been journalist since 1996 so will take a time to put all my works online. In the blog you can see my latest articles, about travel, gastronomy and wine. All in Portuguese (my next work will be to have a version in English).
My WordPress site is the main way I advertise my freelance journalism business. It’s ridiculously efficient I get roughly one new job a month, that’s about as much as I can manage.
I’m no journalist but I do like to promote the latest stories from the world of nature, often from a scientific perspective. Examples of this can be found via my Facebook link and its associated WordPress hosted naturestimeline blog.
I now follow Damien. WordPress has enriched my life and I have learned so much. Great post Ben
I’ve been a trade magazine journalist for 25+ years, working for publications specializing in health, fitness, diet, nutrition, and eye health for consumers and professionals. I started blogging to keep my writing sharp when I was experiencing a temporary derailment in my journalism career. As a christian, I began writing about how God is working in my life, and because I love photography, I began a photography blog. I aspire to become a professional photographer one day. So much has changed in journalism, but I was fortunate enough to land a job as an editor-in-chief for a magazine for nutrition professionals. Come visit me at Walking With God, Judith Riddle Photography, and Judy’s Portfolio.