Commonplace Reading - Issue #4
Yes, this is 24 hours late. Sorry about that - but in my defence, I'm the only person in my household who is not ill right now.
So, a rather abbreviated e-mail this week - I've had little time for reading, and I'm not going to recommend anything I haven't read - unlike so many people on Twitter…
Journalism & Publishing
Why messaging is the future of the news brand
Some intelligent analysis here of Quartz's compelling new news app.
The end of the printed Independent: the shock we all knew was coming
My piece from Friday, looking at the context of The Independent going online-only.
An old-school reply to an advertiser’s retro threat
And this is how you deal with a PR coming on heavy about a piece they didn't like.
Even journalism students don't read news apps
I invite the journalism students reading this to refute this statement, via the medium of Medium.
Distributed news: How BuzzFeed curates stories for social platforms
Good piece on the growing need to understand life outside your own platform.
Facebook’s Instant Articles Advertising Fixes Win Over Publishers
Facebook has done a superb job with the experience of Instant Articles. Nice to seen the business end moving along as well.
The Research Pirates of the Dark Web
Academic publishing has been a licence to print money for years - off the labour of others. This is yet another example of people striking back at that system.
Life & Loss
It's been nearly 15 years since I lost my Dad. But this intense piece by Erin Carr, David Carr's daughter, brought it all back. Including the tears.
People who obsessively check social media get less sleep
Shares the man working on a newsletter at 10.30pm.
A 17 year old me, walking in the Cairngorms…
Winter has arrived, Cairngorms. on Vimeo
For some reason, I've been deeply nostalgic this week about my childhood in Scotland - and walking in the hills and mountains there. So, I've been surfing Vimeo for Scottish Hill Porn.
And now I sleep…