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!

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This user thinks NSA’s powerpoint sucks

The controversial leak on the Prism project of the National Security Agency got everyone angry.

But this user (or at least a group of users) found NSA’s powerpoint more amusing. Check it out.

Kids say the darndest things, really! (How news finds them)

Bam!I was driving my kids to a popular mall for lunch when I overheard them talking in Filipino. (But for the purposes of this blog, I’m roughly translating them into English).

Natasha (my 11-year-old daughter): You don’t know news if you’re not on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. She was talking to my younger daughter Fiona.

Fiona: Why?

Natasha: Because you find news on social networks.

Fiona: Hmmm.

Yesterday, I asked my students what is news. I got typical answers: News is a rendition of facts. It’s about what’s happening. It’s a straight-forward account of events. Etc. I also asked them where do they get their dose of news. Some answered: newspaper, the Internet.

As my little short story shows, kids today find news on social networks. My daughter Natasha is on Facebook more than 8 hours a day (I’m partly to be blamed because I gave her my older iPhone). She craves wi-fi. She cringes when there’s no Internet. She writes her own fan fiction. She’s your typical kid who actually is bathing in information. They get their news everyday from social networks.


Myanmar cyclone leaves thousands dead: report

Reports indicated that thousands were killed during the cyclone that hit Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).

Here’s an excerpt from the report from Agence France Presse:

YANGON — More than 22,000 people were killed in Myanmar’s devastating cyclone, the government said Tuesday, with thousands more feared dead after the storm left rice fields littered with corpses.

Tens of thousands are still missing four days after the storm slammed into the southern coast, the government said late Tuesday as it announced the sharply increased death toll on state television.

Here’s a short video news report from Al Jazeera found on YouTube.