Some engaging ideas for online journalism, inspiration

 

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Looking for some inspiration and new ways to get involved in online journalism?  You can always count on 10,000 Words to help point the way.

I hope you recognize some of these leads: Poynter, Spot.us and the Online News Association.  I’m looking forward to trying out Carnival of Journalism, Hacks and Hackers, and Web Journalism Chat.

As Lauren Rabaino notes: “Taking part in the Carnival of Journalism is a good mental practice. … It’s a good way to keep your writing polished, keep fresh posts on your personal blog, and challenging your personal argumentative abilities through writing.”

OK, I admit it, I’ve been a slacker blogger lately.  If you’ve been equally AWOL, maybe a spin at the Carnival is your way back.  And I highly recommend taking advantage of any and/or all the resources available through the Poynter Institute.

Sidenote: While I may not have been blogging lately, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up on my reading!

Recently wrapped up David Kirkpatrick’s fine inside look at Zuckerberg and friends in “The Facebook Effect.” I highly recommend it for anybody who liked “The Social Network” and wants to know the “real” story.

I enjoyed re-reading Stephen King’s “On Writing” with my Feature Writing class at LBCC.  Every time through I find great new nuggets of inspiration for writing, reporting and teaching.

And I’m finally getting to Daniel Pink’s “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.” He’s compiled plenty of good ideas on learning, working and getting to the next level — all great topics to consider as I plan my classes for next term.

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