First links of the year | Primeiros links do ano

Fearlessness in the face of a scary time. Innovation alongside disruptive change. Human stories and out-of-this-world technology. New ideas and old fundamentals.

These are the threads that weave through a set of ideas from a formidable group of industry experts.

SND asked what’s ahead for news design in 2009. Looking into the crystal ball after one of the most dramatic years for the media is not easy, but the answers these journalists, teachers, consultants, artists and editors came back with have this in common:


1. Are we making our community feel better-informed or merely distracted?

By now we know the shocking truth: Seeing a ton of headlines on a news site makes many media consumers feel overwhelmed, not more plugged-in. On every page of my site, I want my visitors to think, “I can manage this.” And, “I want to know more about this.”

This means the layout and design of the page should communicate a clear hierarchy of information. It means the site should invite visitors with concise, high-level knowledge about topics that are relevant to them, and allow them to dive deep into the details wherever they choose. And it means we need to be very deliberate with our choices about what to present up front — I’d like to get out of the business of just shoveling up headlines to keep people clicking.

via kirk lapointe’s themediamanager.com

Reading Wired.com’s 6 New Web Technologies of 2008 You Need to Use Now, I wondered what the list would look like if tailored to journalism. As the Wired article admits, some great technologies that are critical today have been around longer, but rose to prominence in ‘08. All are important for Journalism 2.0, some more than others.

Journalists need new tools to work online. I started building this online database of such tools as a personal project, just a way to keep track of everything I was using. It has since grown into something I think others will find useful.

The site is in public beta for now. Eventually, I hope to move it to its own domain.

Anyone can browse this site and subscribe to our RSS feeds. Registering allows you to add new tools, add links to existing tools and bookmark tools, which will be saved on your contributor page.

If you find a bug, please email me and I’ll get on it. That address is good for general feedback, too. For more about who I am, check out my blog or my portfolio.

Journalism is NOT dependent on the fate of your employer, newspapers or mass media. Rather, YOU can help decide journalism’s future.

You can impact communication! If you’re interested in this, read on. If not, please leave a flame comment at the end of this post.

Over the past couple years, I’ve buried myself in learning business, marketing and journalism. Here’s some of the lessons I’ve stumbled on and some resources for putting them to use:


Swimming with the current can help you move along more quickly than fighting against it. If a river has flowed north-south for 50 years, and the flow suddenly changes to east-southwest, don’t you think it would be best to alter your course to sync with the current?

Journalists in today’s newsrooms need skilled, smart managers to support them as they try to do their best amidst cuts of too many kinds. They need managers who know how to communicate, motivate, build collaboration and navigate change. The new managers who spent a week at Poynter in December worked on all of those things. They were realistic about the challenges their newsrooms face in this economic climate and at the same time, they were eager to step up and lead.

For a lesson on the basics -– things every new manager should know — we turned to Joe Sullivan, sports editor of The Boston Globe. Joe runs a hard-working, high-performing team that has seen plenty of change and keeps delivering, in print and on the Web.
Joe put together a list of a dozen things new managers should know. Here’s Joe’s list, with my comments on each tip, including some links to additional reading(…)

Talking of new discoveries and useful things, my new glut of twitter followers has included a number with non-English language blogs that are rather spiffing. These include the French espritblog.com by Fabrice Gontier, who’s all over multimedia at the wonderfully titled Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journaliste. The perfectionnement des journaliste, I love that.  Another new follower is Antonio Granad whose blog Ponto Media I’ve been following for a while.  Of course there are plenty of other great foreign language blogs out there including: onlinejournalismus.de, r73.net and the wonderful Alex Gamela’s O Lago.

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2 Responses to “First links of the year | Primeiros links do ano”

  1. 1 loureiro
    5 de Janeiro de 2009 às 4:46 pm

    Boa tarde,
    Tomei conhecimento do seu B pelo link do Certamente.
    Uma vez que parece ser um dos pontas de lança deste meio infor-mático, aqui vai uma sugestão, sobre o que pode vir a ser mais uma info-exclusão a “iliteracia mediática”. Obrigada! Keep on you good work!

  2. 5 de Janeiro de 2009 às 6:14 pm

    Não sou bem ponta de lança, mas um óptimo apanha-bolas e comentador desportivo. Obrigado pelo link e pelo comentário e volte sempre. Abraço.

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