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The best from the “good reads” on my online news reading list

Last week I put together a highlight package of links and blogs for the new boss of the Post’s online department, Kevin Dale. It’s worth sharing, and so I give it to you.

Hey Kevin,

Here are two articles most worth reading:

And here are links to the blogs in my “must-read” category on my feed reader:

Clay Shirky’s links on del.icio.us are sometimes interesting too

And if you’re interested in the online news-types I follow on twitter, this is my online news-oriented / professional-joe twitter account

I’ve kept a library of online news-related links for four years — this is the category of links I call “Good Reads” for online journalism there.

I know there are 151 links in there, so here are the highlights (in cases where the title of the post wasn’t obvious in the URL, I pasted it after):

  1. www.adaptivepath.com/ideas/essays/archives/000501.php ( “How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Relinquish Control” )
  2. www.mattmcalister.com/blog/2006/05/26/59/media-needs-to-reflect-attention-not-collect-attention/
  3. publishing2.com/2008/08/07/how-newsrooms-throw-away-value-by-not-linking-to-sources-on-the-web/
  4. bokardo.com/archives/activity-centered-design/
  5. www.howardowens.com/2008/not-all-information-needs-to-be-crafted-into-a-story/
  6. www.useit.com/alertbox/bounce-rates.html
  7. www.slate.com/id/2193552/ ( “How we read” )
  8. www.doshdosh.com/how-to-build-a-better-content-model-for-your-site/
  9. www.wmhartnett.com/2008/05/19/lets-not-forget-what-was-killing-us-before-the-internet/
  10. www.gerrymcgovern.com/nt/2008/nt-2008-03-31-tv-advertising.htm ( “Finding is the new advertising: Traditional advertising is broken because it charges us time, when time is becoming our most valuable resource. ” )
  11. newsosaur.blogspot.com/2008/03/think-big-act-small.html
  12. The big lie about free
  13. www.pbs.org/idealab/2008/02/databases-as-entry-points-to-investigative-stories005.html
  14. Why Building The Geographic Web Is Hard, and Why It’s Worth Doing
  15. When local newspapers aren’t local
  16. www.howardowens.com/2008/looking-ahead-local-will-be-the-big-media-winner/
  17. www.thepomoblog.com/archive/the-incomparable-umair-haque/
  18. ryansholin.com/2007/04/24/a-few-long-tail-basics-for-newspapers/
  19. The programmer as journalist: a Q&A with Adrian Holovaty
  20. www.readwriteweb.com/archives/attention_economy_overview.php
  21. www.howardowens.com/2006/great-essay-about-online-communities/
  22. www.gerrymcgovern.com/nt/2005/nt-2005-08-15-simplicity.htm ( “Simplicity is hard work” )
  23. sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2005/11/understanding_l.html ( “Understanding Local Max” )

I just remembered one more — this guy is the smartest read I’ve seen when it comes to the online economy and publishing: Umair Haque.  Umair mostly publishes on his Harvard blog here, but he used to write on BubbleGeneration, here.


You can have these links (well, links in the same vein) delivered: Get these links delivered via twitter here, or subscribe to this online journalism link feed (low-frequency, 3-5 posts a week) via rss / web feeds here.

Also, if you have an article or two you’d like on the list, post it in the comments below.

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  1. Thanks for the shout out and all the awesome resources pooled into one post, Joe!

  2. Steve Woodward said

    Great list. The only disturbing thing is that the Post’s online boss actually needed a cheat sheet for helpful blogs and posts. It’s not his fault, but it does hint at why newspapers are having so much trouble shifting to a Web-first culture.

  3. @Steve Times are tough. We replaced the two empty positions at the Denver Post’s online department with in-house, formerly-print folk. The hire we had before that was also in-house, former-print. Teaching people is fun and I enjoy it, and when you’re a small staff teaching people one-on-one is a significant expense.

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