This time last year I was pretty new to the world of online media. Knowing that I needed to really ramp up my knowledge to succeed in my new job as digital editor at the Des Moines Register, I started to read as many blogs as I could find on the topic.
A year later, here are my 10 favorites (and three of my favorite posts from each).
Easily my favorite blog to follow, it seems like every post has information I can use in my daily work.
It’s a blog about bloggign written by Mike Sansone from Des Moines (which is a bonus). I regularly find links to new tools to try out from following this blog.
- Lunch N Learn with the Pirate’s Dilemna
- Find Relevant Photos (Likkety-Split) Fast with CompFight
- 6 social media tools every business should use
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the volume of posts, but this is the place to go to be the first to know about a new online tool or service.
- 30+ great Adobe Air apps for designers and developers
- 30+ Plugins to make your WordPress blog more social
- 20+ tools and leagues for Fantasy Baseball
He doesn’t post often, but each post seems to give me a months worth of ideas to try.
Very inspiring lists of tools and resources. I find more tools here that relate to my personal sites than my actual job, but sometimes that’s what I really need.
- 15 tools for monitoring a web site’s popularity
- 15 free tools for web-based collaboration
- 40+ useful cheat sheets for designers
A fairly new blog, but already becoming a must-read for every journalist (in my opinion).
- Break the Twitterfeed habit
- Bring people in by sending them away
- Convincing your people to do just a little bit more
Kind of like the Drudge Report of online media. This site leads me all over the web – and keeps me coming back.
- 10 ridiculously cheap, relatively easy, small steps you can take to change an old school newsroom culture to be more forward thinking and web friendly
- 54 job boards and websites to find a new gig
- Be a multimedia McGuyver – 101 DIY tools and techniques for cool, professional photo, audio and video gear on the cheap
Poynter’s blog about new media really makes me think about how we can use new tools.
- Researching online journalism, the networked way
- NAA guide for mobile newspaper sites
- Instant messaging the news
I didn’t even realize how much I liked this site until I noticed how often I star its items in Google Reader.
- 25 of Danny’s favorite multimedia tools
- Insider’s guide to getting into Google News
- Online crime map directory
This is the site that inspired me to make Twitter a regular part of the Des Moines Register’s digital distribution plans.
- Newspaper endorsements compared
- Create a code-free Google map in three easy steps
- Create your own comic strip
Any suggestions for new media blogs I should be following in 2009?