My top 5 favorite resource for digital publishing

There’s so much information out there. I’m drowning in it everyday. But there are at least five sites that I keep going back to because  of (1) compelling content and insightful writers; (2) variety and practicality stories; (3) useful insights and information you can take with you after reading. Of course, it’s up to you if you act on these information.

NiemanLab: According to this website, “The Nieman Journalism Lab is an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age.” Stories here are quite long, but mostly worth the read. TL;DR be damned. “We want to find good ideas for others to steal. We want to help reporters and editors adjust to their online labors; we want to help traditional news organizations find a way to survive; we want to help the new crop of startups that will complement — or supplant — them. We are fundamentally optimistic.” My daily diet for stories about technology, the industry, arts, culture, science, money, television, or whatnot. It’s just a treasure trove of good writing in long or short-form. What’s good about Medium is that you can *follow* people and topics, and you can annotate articles via a unique system of commenting. Finally, Medium allows you to become part of this growing community if you pass their standards of writing. From a content consumer, you can become a content producer here. I stumbled upon this site just last year as I was researching on publishing topics. This website is fairly a newcomer. But it features a lot of insights, interviews, and features on brands, publishing, agencies, and digital platforms. The writing is short, some are even in bullet-point style. Lots to bookmark from this site. So, go.

PBS MediaShift:  As the site’s kicker says, this is “Your Guide to the Digital Media Revolution.” There’s so much information here, including your usual “must-reads” on digital publishing, journalism education, links to more resources, etc. Call me traditional, but this academic website that is produced by the world’s top journalism school remains a daily dose for those wanting to understand the context of media. Insights, commentaries, and news analysis are provided here. Also, they offer fresh and basic perspectives on digital media.

Its mission:

Columbia Journalism Review’s mission is to encourage excellence in journalism in the service of a free society. Founded in 1961 under the auspices of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, CJR monitors and supports the press as it works across all platforms, and also tracks the ongoing evolution of the media business. The magazine, offering a mix of reporting, analysis, and commentary, is published six times a year; weighs in daily, hosting a conversation that is open to all who share a commitment to high journalistic standards in the US and around the world.

There you go. If you have your own list of top sites to go to for digital publishing, please do share with me or leave a comment below. Thanks!

We Journalists Love to Create

Bam! This story is exactly what I’ve been thinking about (or at least the thought has been in my head for quite a while now).

Let me quote this article. These words are from former Wired Editor Evan Hansen who decided to join Medium.

“This is not about finding a safe place to keep doing the same old same old, but about inventing something new and having a place at the table with tech innovators who have the capacity to actually build it.”

We journalists are creative people. We might not be hackers who can turn ideas into wonderful software products (there are some exceptions though). But we have the chops to turn content into communities. We have the guts to determine b#$%^t from good journalism. That’s our practice. That’s our passion. We thrive in a world of content and imagination (and you thought this is the realm of creative fiction).

We’re also familiar to the start-up cred: Start, Fail, Iterate. That’s exactly how stories are written. Start. Read. Revise. On the web, this process is repeated many times over.

Unfortunately, few journalists are thinking this way. Very few practitioners have the time to think outside of what they’re doing everyday. Chasing stories, writing them, and chasing them again is a huge task. The adrenaline keeps them high.

I’ve had my share of chasing stories. But in recent years, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking–and teaching. But hopefully, this year, I’m going to do more acting.

Some journalists have recently left their comfort zones to join the high-risk community of start-ups. These journalists are rethinking story-telling. They’re also looking for ways to deliver content in ways that we have yet to imagine. Am sure, the next innovation maybe staring at us right now.

This is one good example: Atavist! And yeah, check out Medium–I just did.