Journalists Share their Stories on WordPress.com

Journalists Share their Stories on WordPress.com

From the US to Turkey to Brazil, established journalists are using their blogs to enhance their reporting in traditional media.

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.

Sarah Kendzior

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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.

Alexander Christie-Miller

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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. 

Alex balances thoughtful posts on topics like Turkish politics and media with shorter (but frequent) updates on Twitter.

Damien Walter

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“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 GuardianWired, 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.

Nicole Froio

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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 ViceThe 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.


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