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The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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The Need for Listening and Empathy in Journalism - Engaging Empathy

The Need for Listening and Empathy in Journalism - Engaging Empathy | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Two weeks ago, I saw Ira Glass talk about how stories enable us to see ourselves in the lives of others.  “The story is a machine for empathy,” Glass has argued elsewhere. “It is a really powerful tool for imagining yourself in other people’s situations.” Here, Glass is concerned not only with what stories to cover, but how to tell those stories. If we want to begin better reflecting the lived experiences of our communities we need to tackle both.

 

A year ago, Andrew Haeg left his work in public broadcasting to develop what he called an “empathy engine” to help journalists better engage and understand communities. In a blog post announcing his new project, he quotes Jose Antonio Vargas’ keynote at the 2012 Online News Association conference. Vargas said that journalism “has given me the biggest gift that anybody could ever give me […] the gift of empathy. Of seeing and listening to people who may not agree with me and who feel different than I do.”

 

So the question of empathy has two facets: empathy in the newsroom, and the empathy our stories foster in our readers. What connects these two elements is the act of listening.

 

by Josh Stearns


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31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors

31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Many avid readers are also avid writers. It only makes sense that someone who loves the beauty of language would want to make a craft of it.

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Long Form Journalism Isn't Dying; It's Always Been Here And It's Here To Stay

Long Form Journalism Isn't Dying; It's Always Been Here And It's Here To Stay | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

You might’ve heard a lot about how content presented on the web is changing. And yes, it has changed dramatically since its inception. Journalists and bloggers alike have figured out that user behavior on the internet is dramatically different than how one would approach content in the physical world.

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An excellent article on the behaviors of digital readers, including the how, when & why of reading of longer works.


Long live long form!

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Why infographics are bad

Why infographics are bad | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Infographics are a powerful tool, but today they also create a trap for content creators and curators.


...And here's where the infographics become a danger. Because infographics are often taken at face value. One reason that I suspect plays a big role in the blind belief in infographic facts is the assumption that if someone took time to create this, surely they must have put time into fact checking it.


And it is hard to fact check infographics. Even if they contain a source, it's often in fine print and the URLs are not clickable.

Deanna Dahlsad's insight:

Infographics can be powerful, breaking down complex things, especially for visual learners. But, as noted, they present problems. And they are meaningless to those with sight issues -- unless frustration counts.

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Is Your Content Curation Ethical? A 10-Step Checklist

Is Your Content Curation Ethical? A 10-Step Checklist | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Curation is nothing new, but online content curation is still in its early stages. Many content marketers are still unsure about what constitutes ethical content curation. If you're in this group, ...
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Most of this is common sense, really. But I can't drive home enough two of the points:


Properly credit by prominently linking to the original source


and


Using quotes only; not the entire article.


Also, inserting your own point of view is great -- however, sometimes there are reasons not to; for example, time constraints which have you quickly offering a link and/or when reiterating is like beating a dead horse.

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CS Lewis's literary legacy: 'dodgy and unpleasant' or 'exceptionally good'?

CS Lewis's literary legacy: 'dodgy and unpleasant' or 'exceptionally good'? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
It's 50 years since CS Lewis died. His legacy encompasses far more than just Narnia – Rowan Williams, AS Byatt, Philip Pullman and others give their thoughts on his body of work (RT @GuardianBooks: CS Lewis's literary legacy: 'dodgy and unpleasant'...

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JOST A MON: Sexism in the French Literary World?

JOST A MON: Sexism in the French Literary World? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

The French feminist collective La Barbe laid into the French literary world a couple of weeks ago. In the 110 year history of the Prix Goncourt, they said, hardly any woman has won it. They said that this omission pointed to the invisibility of women writers: a hundred out of 110 Goncourt winners, and 75 out of 87 Renaudot winners were men.

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Hard Evidence: is there still gender bias in journalism?

Hard Evidence: is there still gender bias in journalism? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

"Journalism is changing, and so is the role of women in the workplace. But the two are not always evolving in harmony. Women substantially outnumber men in journalism training and enter the profession in (slightly) greater numbers, but still only a relative few rise to senior jobs. The pay gap between male and female journalists remains stubbornly wide, and older women - especially if they have taken a career break - find it difficult to retain a place in the industry.

 

Women in journalism still cluster around particular subject genres. Historically, they were almost totally confined to “pink ghettos”, but as more women entered the industry, there was an expectation that their opportunities would expand and that they would duly embrace areas that had been traditionally male, like hard news, crime or politics.

 

But a byline analysis of UK national newspapers in 2012 indicates that some areas still have very few women, in particular politics, sport and opinion writing. These findings are also supported by qualitative interview data. There are similar lacunae in the US press."


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Bernadette Barker-Plummer's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:16 PM

Why are some 'beats' still inhospitable to women?  Clearly it is not the topics, women js are equally interested in politics, so maybe it is the practice of journalism in these arenas? Locker room based sourcing in sports? Boys drinking networks in politics? Byline analysis is the starting point, we need to figire out the 'why' also?

malek's curator insight, November 20, 2013 9:02 AM

The digital print skew the picture, given the lower pay to digital writers.

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Why Content Curation Is Disruptive

Why Content Curation Is Disruptive | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

The power of curation’s feedback loops is why to curate more than you create AND why the best ratio may be as high as 90% curation to 10% creation.

 

by @Martin (Marty) Smith on @ janlgordon's curatti.com


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ELISA TANGKEARUNG's curator insight, November 21, 2013 10:36 AM

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Bonnie McEwan's curator insight, November 22, 2013 12:47 PM

Another point in favor of curation over origination is that is it generally less time consuming. You can be a real player in the curation area and still have enough time to spend on client work and other tasks.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, November 22, 2013 1:44 PM

This is so true. I often get immediate support and responses to content I have curated #curation#socialmedia

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In A Landmark Legal Decision, Google Wins The Right To Scan Pretty Much Every Book Ever

In A Landmark Legal Decision, Google Wins The Right To Scan Pretty Much Every Book Ever | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

The decision was formally made that Google Books can continue its efforts to digitally capture around 20 million books without legal repercussions, reports GigaOM.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 16, 2013 12:40 PM

As a reaseracher, I am thrilled!

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How Does Media Consolidation Limit Your Media Choices? #infographic

How Does Media Consolidation Limit Your Media Choices? #infographic | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
How Does Media Consolidation Limit Your Media Choices? #infographic Frugaldad via Businessinsider Guest post by Yin Wu I look 4Ward to your feedback. Keep Digging for Worms! Author: Bill - Dr. William J.
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Riot Grrrl, redux

Riot Grrrl, redux | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Installation shot: Posters (c. 1991-present) from Riot Grrrl related shows, conventions and meetings internationally.

 

Alien She is a new exhibition that examines the lasting impact of the punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. It’s currently on view at Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before traveling nationally to cities including Philadelphia, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Below are photos of the exhibition and several of the featured works.

 

The show focuses on seven contemporary artists influenced by Riot Grrrl: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July, Faythe Levine, Allyson Mitchell, L.J. Roberts and Stephanie Syjuco. Riot Grrrl emerged in the early 1990s and emphasized female and youth empowerment, collaborative organization, creative resistance and DIY ethics. In various ways these artists have incorporated, expanded upon, or reacted to the movement’s ideology, tactics and aesthetics, as seen through several projects from each artist spanning the last 20 years, providing an insight into the development of their creative practices and individual trajectories.


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Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster)

Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster) | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Who was Kathy Keeton? For starters, Keeton was Guccione’s longtime girlfriend and eventual wife. But she ought to be remembered for far more than that.



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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 11, 2013 5:19 PM

This woman ought to be among the largest names in feminism and publishing -- and an icon of the 1970s - 1980s.

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Romance and the Problems with "By Women, For Women, About Women"

Romance and the Problems with "By Women, For Women, About Women" | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Why describing romance novels as the only books by, for, and about women is problematic.

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Native advertising: How news sites separate church and state | Media news | Journalism.co.uk

Native advertising: How news sites separate church and state | Media news | Journalism.co.uk | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

How news organisations are building commercial teams of former journalists who create paid-for content on behalf of brands.

 

Native advertising has been a key trend of 2013, with many publishers keen to benefit from this revenue stream.

Sometimes called sponsored or branded content, it is a form of advertising that moves beyond the advertorial.

"It is content that is created for or provided by a brand or an advertiser that is then surfaced on a publisher's platform," according to Raju Narisetti, senior vice-president and deputy head of strategy at News Corporation.

The Huffington Post, in conjunction with parent company AOL, last monthpublished a report which proposed that native advertising is "sponsored content, which is relevant to the consumer experience, which is not interruptive, and which looks and feels similar to its editorial environment".

Perhaps the easiest way to understand it is by looking at a couple of examples, such as the Guardian's 'what to wear on a date' video, sponsored by John Lewis, with clothes featured in the video from the department store, and BuzzFeed's '20 coolest hybrid animals', created for hybrid car Toyota Prius.

Many publishers see native advertising as a huge opportunity.


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Annual LGBT community survey provides useful data for both editors and publishers

Annual LGBT community survey provides useful data for both editors and publishers | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

A new survey of LGBT consumers, including many readers of LGBT publications, holds good news for publishers and editors alike.
One takeaway message is that gay media still matters.


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How Has Twitter Changed the Role of the Literary Critic?

How Has Twitter Changed the Role of the Literary Critic? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Adam Kirsch and Anna Holmes discuss social media’s effect on criticism. (RT @TwitterBooks: "How has Twitter changed the role of the literary critic?

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Content Marketing & Curation Becoming Important For B2C and B2B Says New Content Marketing Institute Study

Content Marketing & Curation Becoming Important For B2C and B2B Says New Content Marketing Institute Study | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
MarketingProfs and the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) have followed up their study of B2B content marketing trends with research into the emerging trends in the B2C

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I'm still not convinced that curation is all that new or different than blogging or other online publishing activities. (Blogging is not dead.) Nor am I convinced it is the most important thing you can do in terms of marketing. (And just because "everyone is doing it" doesn't sway me either; like momma always said about if so & so jumped off a bridge...) But I don't think curation can be overlooked much longer. Curation needs to be evaluated for several major factors:


a) can it fit within your scope (Do you have the time & skill set? Can you do this in house or should you hire?)


b) purpose (to maintain existing clients/customers, to reach new ones?)


b) where would it fit? (Not all curation sites are the same; some are more suitable for products, brands, B2B or B2C reach, demographics, etc.)

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:00 PM

I'm still not convinced that curation is all that new or different than blogging or other online publishing activities. (Blogging is not dead.) Nor am I convinced it is the most important thing you can do in terms of marketing. (And just because "everyone is doing it" doesn't sway me either; like momma always said about if so & so jumped off a bridge...) But I don't think curation can be overlooked much longer. Curation needs to be evaluated for several major factors:


a) can it fit within your scope (Do you have the time & skill set? Can you do this in house or should you hire?)


b) purpose (to maintain existing clients/customers, to reach new ones?)


b) where would it fit? (Not all curation sites are the same; some are more suitable for products, brands, B2B or B2C reach, demographics, etc.)

Alessandro Rea's curator insight, October 17, 2013 5:28 AM

While B2B marketers are beginning to adopt B2C best practices when it comes to e-commerce, B2B marketers have traditionally invested more of their budgets into content marketing than their B2C counterparts, making it interesting to see how both sides measure up in this rapidly-growing area. There are many more similarities than one might expect.

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Content Marketing & Curation Becoming Important For B2C and B2B Says New Content Marketing Institute Study

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I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children.

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading. Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like – the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian ‘improving’ literature – you’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant.


Neil Gaiman on writing for children, echoing Maurice Sendak – a comment especially apt on the anniversary of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, which received a great deal of criticism for presenting young readers with the “inappropriate” subject of death.


Pair with Gaiman’s advice to aspiring writers, his 8 rules of writing, and his wisdom on the creative life.

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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study


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Robin Good  of Content Curation World breaks the findings down thus:


a) what people curate as relevant is not generally among the top ranked results according to popular metrics. Good stuff is not the same as what is considered normally popular or authoritative stuff.


b) content curation allows a community to synchronize around specific issues and subjects (as anticipated by Clay Shirky)


c) better and more appreciated curation is of the "structured" kind, providing additional info, meta-data and categorization.


d) curators that are highly appreciated are characterized by consistent activity and by a variety of interests (or viewpoints under the same theme) that they are capable to cover.


This is rather my experience; however, I usually explain it to my clients this way:


a) You can be doing an excellent job, but never receive the recognition, popularity, or traffic you deserve.That doesn't mean you won't be appreciated greatly by the smaller group of people who do find/read your curated works.


b) No matter the popularity of your curation, you can build and have conversations -- but remember, community cultivation not only requires additional time, but a different skill set.


c) If you're going to do it, do it well. Use tools, such as labels and tags, and *always* provide context as well as proper credits and links.


d) Consistent activity is nearly as important as showing some personality along with your knowledge. Your topic may be narrowly focused, but offer additional topics and information about you personally (not just professionally) so that people get a sense of you.


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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:17 AM

A research paper by Zhong, Shah, Sundaravadivelan and Sastry, King's college London, 2013

AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:28 AM

See the excellent notes from Robin Good below. Interesting to see more work emerging in this field.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:20 AM

Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study 

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The Racism Filter (Or, Reading Between Race Lines by Skimming Lines)

The Racism Filter (Or, Reading Between Race Lines by Skimming Lines) | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

You need to keep scrolling, reading; because if you don’t, your lack of attention is as bad as the lack of context. And then “Well done Tumblr. You posted a picture without context and made two of the nicest people look like complete monsters.” becomes “Well done lazy reader. You now think two of the nicest people look like complete monsters.”

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What can happen when you are a sloppy writer/publisher, when you are a lazy reader.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 15, 2013 3:42 PM

What can happen when you are a sloppy writer/publisher, when you are a lazy reader.

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1,661 pulp novels as free e-books

1,661 pulp novels as free e-books | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

I don't remember how I found out about Munseys. It's a website with links to thousands of out-of-print books, with over 1,500 pulp era novels. (RT @BoingBoing: This cool website offers more than 1500 pulp era novels as free e-books.


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Catharine Bramkamp's curator insight, October 9, 2013 6:38 PM

These aren't necessarily detective stories, but my mother remembers mentioning   detective novels as a literary genre in her Stanford 1955 English class, and was completely shut down.  Now there is a whole class at the university devoted to the dective novel.  She feels vindicated.  You never know the jewels you may find in the past!

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The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum

The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:09 PM

Makes sense to me.

Julie Groom's curator insight, October 23, 2013 4:48 AM

Curating - how to manage it. And curation experts already exist - they're called Librarians!

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 12:29 PM
The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum
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Gay titles accused over distribution

Gay titles accused over distribution | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

AN Office of Fair Trading investigation has been launched into allegations that two of Australia's largest gay street press publishers, Sydney-based Evolution Publishing and Brisbane's QNews, had misled advertisers by inflating their distribution numbers by as much as 300 per cent.


In one case, Evolution claimed its fortnightly title Queensland Pride was distributing 15,740 copies per issue at the end of last year when only 4970 copies were going out, according to information provided to the OFT in Queensland.


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If you think you can freely use anything you find on the Internet, check out this infographic

If you think you can freely use anything you find on the Internet, check out this infographic | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Every month or so, I find myself having to educate people on copyright infringement.  It seems that some bloggers still don't understand that the Internet follows the same rules as the offline worl...

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Cendrine Marrouat - SocialMediaSlant.com's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:17 AM

This great infographic busts all the major myths about copyright. I have to deal with a lot of content scrapers, so this resource will be very useful to educate them on ethical practices. 

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