Daily Dose: Writing Tips from New York Times’ Frank Bruni, 10 Tips to Keep Your Social Media Safe + More


For today’s cornucopia of journalism tips and news, we have the esteemed Frank Bruni disclosing his writing secrets, and the “Craig” of Craig’s List talks about his new effort to support journalists and article writers.

We also get 10 tips on securing your social media sites, as well as an insight into big changes at big media outlets.

Here are five of today’s hot stories compiled into Ebyline’s Daily Dose:

New York Times’ Frank Bruni shares his tools for versatile writing

“Longtime New York Times reporter Frank Bruni doesn’t have a set beat. Instead, he skillfully wanders as a writer by exploring a variety of topics.

Take a look at Bruni’s most recent stories and you’ll see what I mean. In the past week or so, he’s written a review of a food memoir, a profile on Gayle King and a story about where to get a decent drink in Times Square. Bruni has also written two books — one about his complicated relationship with food and another about George W. Bush.

So, how did he get to be such a versatile writer?”

10 Social Media Security Considerations

“Social media security issues involve identity theft, brand hijacking, privacy issues, online reputation management, and users’ physical security. Social media provides opportunities for criminals to “friend” their potential victims, creating a false sense of trust they can use against their victims through phishing or other scams.”

Craig Newmark: CraigConnects for journalism

“It’s hard not to be curious when the man some have vilified as mortally wounding the classifieds business in newspapers gets into the business of supporting journalism.”

Magazines’ New Rules for Counting Digital Sales

“Magazines can now count iPad and other digital-edition sales toward their paid-circulation guarantees even if those digital versions don’t include the ads they carried in print, according to a new rule adopted by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the dominant arbiter of circulation for consumer magazines and newspapers.”

AP staffers protest ‘onerous’ contract proposals

“They’re holding rallies and withholding bylines. A union release says: “The staff is protesting AP’s demands to hike health insurance premiums 50 percent or more and slash retirement benefits about 50 percent, while giving only a tiny raise.”

Daily Dose: Everyblock Redesigned, ProPublica’s New Timeline Tech, Cover Letter Tips, AOL Continues Cuts + More News


For today’s serving of stories, we have some tips on new timeline technology and how to write a killer cover letter. Also from the Future of Journalism desk, we have an analysis on Everyblock’s redesign for increased hyperlocalism, and the scoop on Wall Street Journal’s iPad plan.

Read all the news fit to blog in today’s Ebyline Daily Dose.

TimelineSetter: A New Way to Display Timelines on the Web

“The timeline is a very useful way to visualize sequences of events, and they’re especially useful to orient readers within the complex investigative stories we do at ProPublica. But they’re not very easy to make. As far as we know, there are no good open source frameworks that web developers can use to generate timelines quickly without losing design flexibility. So we made our own, which is debuting today.”

How to Write a Cover Letter

“Learn how to write a targeted, customized cover letter that will get you in the door”

What Everyblock’s Redesign Tells Us About The Future Of Hyperlocal News Sites

“With yesterday’s relaunch, new social elements have been integrated into the site that encourage users to share and interact with their neighbors both online and off. So what are these changes, and what insight do they give us into the future of hyperlocal news?”

WSJ Launching Single-Issue Downloads For iPad

“Looking to get more subscribers for its iPad app, The Wall Street Journal will start selling single-issue digital versions of its morning paper for $1.99 in the iTunes App store tomorrow.”

AOL Folds 30 Brands, Including Politics Daily

“First it was the people. Now it’s the brands. AOL just notified staffers of a major consolidation of its portfolio of content sites, undertaken as part of its merger with the Huffington Post.”

Daily Dose: Should You Start an LLC? What is a Community Manager? What Papers Have Paywalls?

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Majory Collins

For today’s top five stories of the day, we take a look at business strategies for big companies and DIY outfits. From the New York Times to your own small business, we investigate some media survival tactics. We also learn of some foreign correspondents who have gotten out of jail and one domestic freelance writer who has landed in it.

Welcome to all the news fit to blog at Ebyline’s Daily Dose.




With changes, LLC a better option these days

“If you were to ask me seven or eight years ago whether an LLC was a good option for small businesses, my answer would’ve been ‘maybe.’ Today? My answer would be ‘definitely.’”

Why Newspapers Need Community Managers

“Community managers are trained specialists, who guide and engage with the members of a community. They may get involved with setting the overall strategy for the community, working closely with the brands.”

Mass. jails NH sports reporter for prostitution
“A New Hampshire sports reporter convicted of running a prostitution business in Massachusetts and intimidating a witness has been sentenced to time in state prison.”

Libya Releases 4 Times Journalists

“The Libyan government released four New York Times journalists on Monday, six days after they were captured while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya.”

How The NYT’s Paywall Compares To Those Of Other Big Papers

“When the New York Times puts up its paywall later this month, it will be the fifth newspaper among the top 50 by circulation in the U.S. to charge for online access; a sixth, its sibling Boston Globe, is expected to do so later this year. All six papers are taking varying approaches—including charging different prices and making a different set of content available online for free. Here’s a capsule look at some of the key differences.”