The BBC has more awards to add to its corporate mantelpiece. At last week’s Webbys in San Francisco, Radio 4 scooped Best Of The Web – Radio and The People’s Voice. "It’s a great tribute to an extremely dedicated, hardworking team – and a sign that Radio 4 programmes are embracing new technology with the panache and verve they have previously reserved for programme making," said Chris Berthoud, BBC Radio 4 Online manager. BBC News also scooped an award for best news site. Apart from the BBC, no other UK entrants were shortlisted.
Another handy resource for anyone looking for stories is Pressbox (www.pressbox.co.uk). The site offers PRs the ability to submit their press releases for free. Categories range from the arts through to society, and like PRWeb.com in the US, can provide some useful leads. Another useful UK PR resource is Sourcewire (www.sourcewire.
co.uk), which is more focused on technology news resources.
Durlacher, the once high-flying investment house which epitomised the dot.com boom, is to shut one of its financial information websites and merge it into another with a view to selling the whole. Sharecast will now be part of NothingVentured.com and the company is said to be considering offers. "Sharecast’s free-to-air website was a legacy of Durlacher’s past and with the downturn in online advertising, its suspension became inevitable," said Christopher Stainforth, chief executive of Durlacher. The company is going back to focus on its investment bank and stockbroking services.
The easyInternetCafe, owned by easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, seems to be getting even stronger in terms of what it offers. The Tottenham Court Road branch in London now features a Mailboxes etc franchise allowing people to have mail sent to the address or packages picked up and sent. When combined with monthly Internet access passes for less than £20, it is certainly useful for journalists on the move who don’t want or need an expensive office. All that easyInternetCafe needs to do now is offer a meeting room that people can book and you’ve got quite an amazing business.
If you are looking for extra work, you might want to register at Smarterwork (www.smarterwork.co.
uk). The site aims to match projects with experts and has a section devoted to writing services from copywriting and freelance writing to brochures and subbing. The site takes 10 per cent commission for introducing a client. While there is no guarantee of work, registering allows you to bid for a project.