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September 17, 2012updated 18 Sep 2012 12:59pm

Why journalists love Reddit and five other must-reads

By Jon Bernstein

In the first of a semi-regular series, here are six pieces from around the web worth spending time with: 

1. Why journalists love Reddit for its brain, not just its beauty (GigaOm

“These days Reddit is probably the meme factory that’s most heavily used by news professionals to generate material, even though they rarely like to admit it,” writes Bobbie Johnson.

2. Free for all, read by none (FT) (£)  

Gillian Tett on the paradox of abundance: the greater the “tsunami of tragic pictures and videos” the world creates, the fewer are seen.

3. Five Mistakes Journalists Make on LinkedIn (Mashable)  

Mistake #1: Not Using LinkedIn Advanced Jobs Search as a Reporting Tool.

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4. The “hamster wheel” fallacy: Why paywalls don’t mean better journalism (Paid Content)  

There is plenty of quality journalism supported by ads, argues Matthew Ingram. 

5. How headlines can be more easily misunderstood online (Guardian)

“On the web, when the headline is often all you get until you follow a link, there is little context beyond the words themselves.”

6. Liveblogging: 12 practical tips from digital journalists ( 

Keep it moving, think visual and get boots on the ground, if you can.


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