Business West shines the spotlight on So Publishing

Business West Spotlight OnCheltenham’s So Publishing was the subject of a ‘spotlight on’ feature by Business West this month, an influential membership organisation representing and working with over 16,000 businesses across the South West.
The piece explores So Publishing’s roots, development over the past seven years, what makes it’s flagship title SoGlos unique, it’s latest accolades and advice for other entrepreneurs.

SoGlos speaks at New Journalism Entrepreneurs masterclass

SoGlos speaks at New Journalism Entrepreneurs masterclassSoGlos deputy editor James Fyrne had the pleasure of being on the panel of the ‘New Journalism Entrepreneurs’ masterclass held at City University London yesterday evening, invited to speak to the enthusiastic audience of students by Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford.
He joined former Sunday Times Magazine editor Robin Morgan, co-founder of the Brixton Blog Zoe Jewell and education journalist Janet Murray, explaining how independent online magazine SoGlos came about, its successful six year history and being hailed as one of the UK’s top independent online titles.
It was a great event and fantastic to meet the future stars of the media industry. While for SoGlos editor Michelle Fyrne it also brought back some great memories – as she attended many a lecture in the very same room having studied for her PGDip in Newspaper Journalism on City’s coveted course. Cheese Rolling video featured on BBC Newsnight

Blog - cheese rolling video featured on BBC Newsnight If you tuned into BBC programme Newsnight last night you might not have been surprised to see Jeremy Paxman and his team reporting on everything from FIFA corruption to China as a green superpower – but you’d be forgiven for doing a double-take when Gloucestershire’s very own cheese rolling action took over the small screen.

After seeing’s Cheese Rolling 2011 video, the show’s producers contacted the team to use footage of the women’s race – and we were only too happy to help. And while Paxman described the annual event as ‘utterly pointless’, it was undoubtedly a perfectly light-hearted end to the hard hitting news show.

The last 48 hours have also seen’s video of the unofficial event featured by a plethora of other leading media including Wired UK, Metro and press agency Small World News Service. founders named leading innovators in journalism and media founders’s founders Michelle Byrne and James Fryer were
today named amongst the UK’s leading innovators in journalism and media by

The influential website for journalists compiled the ‘J-List’
as a rundown of the individuals it sees as those helping to build the future of
the industry.

Michelle and James are both extremely proud to be
included alongside the industry’s cream of the innovative crop – with fellow
J-Listers including industry commentator Charlie Beckett, the Times' Joanna
Geary and’s Marc Reeves.

Don’t miss the full J-List over at for
yourself. featured in Press Gazette featured in Press Gazette’s founders Michelle Byrne and James Fryer are
honoured to have been featured in the recent issue of Press Gazzette – the UK’s
most prestigious media industry title – as part of Jon Slattery’s feature about
journalists as entrepreneurs.

The article explores’s three-year history,
ongoing innovations, editorial ethos and business model, offering advice for
would-be journalist entrepreneurs across the country.

While the industry continues to experience challenges and
a move away from the traditional media model, it’s a pleasure to gain
recognition as one of the UK’s only commercially successful examples of
independent online media. in .net Magazine

Dotnet_page_1 Dotnet_page_2 The team is honoured to be the subject of a double-page-spread feature in this month's .net – 'the world's best-selling mag for web designers' – which has just hit shelves across the UK.

The March 2010 issue sees receive a design audit by one of Head London's top dogs, Andy Bennett, as part of the magazine's regular /makeover series feature.

While it's a pleasure to receive such high profile national media coverage, the feature also comes in perfect time as begins work on its 2010-planned redesign, providing plenty of food-for-thought for the team.

Reflections on news:rewired event

James Fryer at News Rewired Celebrating’s 10-year anniversary, the
inaugural news:rewired event on Thursday 14 January
2010 saw around 150 journalists, trainees, journalism students and academics
descend on City University London – including’s co-founders Michelle
Byrne and James Fryer.

While the day – structured around individual sessions,
where delegates could pick ‘n’ mix from topics including everything from social
media for journalists to crowdsourcing – saw plenty of informative talks and
heated debates, James Fryer had the honour of giving a presentation about as a media model, during the final ‘new journalism and making money’
session of the day. The session was also filmed by the BBC:

While joining the small but seasoned panel – including online
entrepreneur and (now) former head of digital media at Greg
, reputed media law lawyer Caroline Kean from Wiggin and CEO of B2B
publishing company Sift Ben Hadfield – was no mean feat, a presentation of five
dos and don’ts of online publishing garnered a good response from the
discerning audience – judging from the flurry of Twitter activity at the time,
and subsequent coverage.

Freelance media, technology and journalism writer Patrick
Smith has produced a rich roundup of James Fryer’s presentation, as has Adam
Tinworth on his blog One Man and His Blog, and Alex Waters on the site
– with additional commentary also coming from The
, Jon Slattery, Iain Hepburn, Freelance Unbound and Alexandre Gamela.

Having attended sessions held throughout the day, James
Fryer and Michelle Byrne’s personal highlights included Adam Westbrook’s
stunning multimedia work, Malcolm Coles’ humourous examples of online
publishing bloopers, and hyperlocal insights from Guardian Local’s Sarah
, the Lichfield Blog’s Philip John and times web development editor
Joanna Geary.

While award-winning videojournalist David Dunkley
’s upbeat presentation proved the perfect mid-afternoon pep for
conference delegates.

It was a little disappointing to not hear about more
examples of independent online media launching in the UK, but news:rewired nonetheless packed a good practical journalism
punch for everyone in attendance – with, no doubt, wide scale hopes that the
event will become an annual calendar highlight.

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