Around the Wire: BBC’s Free Journalism Training, Pulitzers Need Change, and More Media News

Welcome to the latest installment of Around the Wire, PR Newswire’s round up of journalism, blogging, and freelancing news from the past week.

1. BBC Makes Its Training Resources Free to the Public in 11 Languages (International Journalists’ Network)

The BBC’s College of Journalism announced it’s suspending the paywall for its library of training videos and guides. These were created by and for BBC journalists in the field; however, everyone now can access them for free, worldwide. Start taking advantage of these resources as soon as possible, though. The subscription-free model only will last for 12 months.

2. Why and How Freelancers Should Encrypt (PBS MediaShift)

From research and pitching to getting paid for their assignments, freelance journalists have a lot to worry about. As  result, data encryption may not be high on their priority list. Andrew Ford Lyons, who runs digital security programs at the Rory Peck Trust for freelancers, has written a compelling essay about why encryption is important not just for your safety, but can open opportunities for more stories.

3. Pulitzers Have to ‘Change with the Times,’ New Administrator Says (Poynter)

On Tuesday, the Pulitzer Prizes named Mike Pride its new administrator. Pride, who has been on the Pulitzer board for nine years and was a Pulitzer juror four times, will field entries and direct the focus of the program. In regards to that focus, he told Poynter, “What the Pulitzers really have to do, like every other institution associated with journalism, they have to change with the times and the times are changing very quickly. At the same time, they have to hold to what’s worked and what’s made the process work.”

4. Ways to Collaborate with Brands and Earn an Income on Your Blog (ProBlogger)

As part of its series on blog monetization, Problogger put together a comprehensive guide to deciding whether you want to get involved with a brand, the different ways to earn money from brand partnerships, and how to maintain a professional relationship. For bloggers looking to earn an income and grow their blog’s audience through brand blogging, this is a must-read.

5. Journalism’s Nonprofit Surge (Capital)

Capital magazine checks in on former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and the progress of The Marshall Project, which he left the Times to helm. The high-profile nonprofit startup, which will focus on the American criminal justice system, has helped keep the spotlight on the nonprofit journalism movement.  Although it’s still a small part of the media economy, there’s growing optimism for the model. Want to read more on nonprofit journalism? Check out our piece here.

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Amanda Hicken is a media relations manager with PR Newswire for Journalists. Follow her at @ADHicken for tweets about the media, comic books, and her love of Cleveland.

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