News that SoPublishing has expanded its portfolio with the launch of SoBristol and SoBristolWeddings made the headlines this week, with UK journalism website HoldTheFrontPage covering the story. Visit holdthefrontpage.co.uk for the full story.
The news website for and about journalists and journalism, HoldTheFrontPage, has just published an article covering SoGlosWeddings’ exciting launch this month. See holdthefrontpage.co.uk for the full story.
The UK’s leading guide to the best sites on the internet, The Good Web Guide, has this month shined the spotlight on SoGlos – in an interview with the online magazine’s founder James Fyrne.
Click on the link below to find out what the inspiration was for SoGlos, what the founders did before, what our motto is and more. Shine The Spotlight: SoGlos.
SoGlos 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.
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 SoGlos.com’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 influential website for journalists compiled the ‘J-List’
as a rundown of the individuals it sees as those helping to build the future of
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 TheBusinessDesk.com’s Marc Reeves.
Don’t miss the full J-List over at Journalism.co.uk for
SoGlos.com’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 SoGlos.com’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.
The SoGlos.com 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.
While it's a pleasure to receive such high profile national media coverage, the feature also comes in perfect time as SoGlos.com begins work on its 2010-planned redesign, providing plenty of food-for-thought for the team.
Celebrating Journalism.co.uk’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 SoGlos.com’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
SoGlos.com 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 Telegraph.co.uk Greg
Hadfield, 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
Journalism.co.uk site – with additional commentary also coming from The
(e)Grommet, 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
Hartley, the Lichfield Blog’s Philip John and times web development editor
While award-winning videojournalist David Dunkley
Gyimah’s upbeat presentation proved the perfect mid-afternoon pep for
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.