Some stuff:

  • Free Training for Our Gannett Friends… A generous offer from Amy Webb of WebbMedia Group of free training for laid-off newspaper folk, to help get them launched on the next leg of the journey.
  • ‘Curation,’ and journalists as curators. Mindy McAdams on the role of curating in journalism. (Don’t worry, it’s not that scary. In fact, her list of tasks reads pretty much like a job description for what the best editors are doing.)
  • The Mad Scientist Bringing Back the Dead… Really. Something I don’t do often enough is point to some really good feature writing. Your mileage may vary, but I enjoyed the hell out of this Esquire piece.
  • Newspapers belong in bins not bookshelves. Some interesting thoughts from Andy Dickinson, including the idea that one of the strengths of the newspaper is that we are prepared to buy it and then throw it away.
  • Defending the underlying principles of crowdsourcing. Daniel Victor is on to part three of his defense of crowd-sourcing as a way of filling some of the gaps left as newsrooms get smaller. His idea that the community can provide coverage of such things as gas prices and traffic (to cite two of his examples) strikes some commenters are dangerous.
  • The Word Detective. I had forgotten all about this gem of a website, dispensing entertaining information on the roots of words and phrases since 1995, until I was recently reminded that it still exists. Great fun for those who love words.

And some stuff on the business of media: