The SoGlos team was joined by special guests at Hotel du Vin Cheltenham on Thursday 18 July 2013, to celebrate the online magazine's sixth birthday. Catch a few highlights from the evening in the photo gallery now published.
How time flies when you’re having fun! Six years ago today SoGlos was first unveiled to the world, and what a rollercoaster of a ride it’s been.
Take a look back on the blog to see what we’ve been up to, with our most recent 2013 developments including the move to a new HQ on Imperial Square in Cheltenham, being highly commended in the South West Media Awards, acknowledged as a finalist in the Online Media Awards and scooping an Award of Distinction in the 2013 Communicator Awards.
As ever we’d like to express a sincere thank you to our loyal readers and advertisers, who’ve helped ensure SoGlos goes from strength to strength and remains the most influential guide to Gloucestershire.
We’d also like to wish SoGlos staff writer Shelly Elcock a very happy birthday for today, as she shares the occasion with the online magazine.
Lookout for an announcement about new SoGlos functionality being unveiled in-line with our birthday and, until then, cheers!
SoGlos’s publisher James Fyrne had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the 2013 news:rewired event held last Friday, presenting to delegates before joining a Q&A panel focused on start-up journalism.
The regular event, organised by journalism.co.uk and this time held at the MSN UK headquarters in London, saw hundreds of journalists and media professionals on the delegate list, with the day’s agenda also including talks from Facebook journalism programme manager Vadim Lavrusik, Washington Post executive producer for digital news Cory Haik, and Huffington Post UK technology editor Michael Rundle.
Audience members at the start-up journalism session were particularly keen to find out more about SoGlos’s six-year history and commercial success – somewhat of an anomaly in UK regional online publishing – as well as how the online magazine was launched, how traditional local media view SoGlos and how it operates as a publishing model.
Fyrne was joined on the panel by Adam Westbrook, digital producer and founder editor of Inside the Story magazine, as well as Stuart Goulden, founder and managing director of One&Other, a York-based online and print title.
Find out more about the annual journalism conference and this year’s speakers at newsrewired.com.
SoGlos was the proud sponsor of the Friday 29 March 2013 Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins, which turned out to be one of the most exciting of the season as the Cherry and Whites fought their way to a 17:15 win in the closing moments of the second half.
Enjoying the view from the 1873 Club, SoGlos’s publisher James Fyrne and editor Michelle Fyrne had the pleasure of welcoming clients from Cafe Rene, Marketing Gloucester, Sportbeat Festival and Roses Theatre to enjoy dinner and drinks – with everyone enjoying the amazing atmosphere at Kingsholm.
Paul Soden from Cafe Rene also relished the opportunity to present Akapusi Qera with his Man of the Match award, following the evening’s action. For more information see gloucesterrugby.co.uk.
Following his previous appearance at the inaugural Journalism.co.uk news:rewired event in 2010 – where he spoke about new journalism and new business models – SoGlos co-founder James Fyrne has been invited to return to the annual conference this April, when he will talk about the success of the online magazine.
Being held at MSN’s UK offices in Victoria, London, the ‘one-day conference will offer delegates a day of inspiring presentations, practical workshops and topical discussions with experts and innovators from the digital journalism industry. Sessions will focus on the latest techniques and tools being used in forward-thinking newsrooms in the UK and beyond.’
Find out more about the event and full line-up of speakers at newsrewired.com.
Proud sponsors of the Gloucester Rugby vs London Irish match on Saturday 15 December 2012, the SoGlos team and a number of prestigious local clients were treated to some fine sporting action in a private pitch-side box during the pre-Christmas fixture.
SoGlos clients at the Kingsholm Stadium home match included The Daffodil, Hotel du Vin Cheltenham, the Hatton Collection, Bowden Hall Hotel and Cheltenham Town Hall.
And, as well as being presented with a signed rugby shirt (which is being donated to a local charity), Gloucester Rugby ensured a 47-3 victory as part of the wonderful corporate hospitality package!
SoGlos’s annual Christmas in Gloucestershire guides have all been running for several weeks now, and as the days go by they’re getting fuller and fuller with the very best local festive merriment. Check out the direct links below for more:
SoGlos team members Michelle, James, Melanie and Shelly had the pleasure of hosting a wine tasting evening for a select number of local clients at Hotel du Vin Cheltenham, yesterday evening, sampling a fine selection of old and new world varieties – with informal and expert guidance from one of the venue’s informed experts.
A fun night was had by all – with Liz from Marketing Gloucester beating off the Cheltenham Town Hall, Parabola Arts Centre and Hallmark Hotel Gloucester teams, as our new wine knowledge was put to the test during an end of evening quiz.