What I’m reading: media-related articles that recently caught my eye

I read some great pieces in the past two weeks that have stuck with me. I’m sharing them to inspire conversation in others, as they have in me.

“The Forbes digital content model and power of the long-tail,” by Rachel Bartlett on Journalism.co.uk.

Lewis D’Vorkin, chief product officer at Forbes, found that 50 percent of the site’s traffic is generated by content that is at least 30 days old. To someone who has been told that journalists have to churn out content constantly in the digital age and that stories are old news nearly as soon as they’re uploaded; I was shocked.

When D’Vorkin explained what he realized to be the “long-tail” of the content, it resonated a bit more with me. An interesting read for anyone who is also interested in the business and analysis of digital media.

Young People Let Digital Apps Dictate Their Identities, Say 2 Scholars,” by Marc Perry in The Chronicle of Higher Education

This article explains that when the internet first gained traction among teens it was thought that it would be a great way for then to express and find themselves. However, the opposite effect is being seen. Teens are deciding who they are early and it is almost permanent because of how social media publicizes it. They are essentially branding themselves when they aren’t even freshmen in high school.

‘The pressure is to consolidate and to post and to have as many friends and likes as possible,” [Howard Gardner, a Harvard psychologist] says, ‘not to experiment and to learn from one’s more or less successful attempts.'”

“Dear Young Creatives: Forget Overnight Success,” by Haniya Rae on Digiday.

As a young person starting out their career, I took this piece to heart. Sometimes I get caught up in my passion and ambition, expecting my life and career to move as quickly as my mind. It is good to be reminded to slow down. Success takes time.

If you love the process, it shouldn’t matter how long it takes. If you love what you do every day, I would want it to take longer, because then you can continue to do it every day,” Jeff Ng tells Rae.

Breaking News: Resources for covering shooting,” by Anna Li on Poynter.

I was in the MSNBC newsroom when the LAX shooting occurred. It is the biggest breaking news that I have worked on since beginning as a PA, and it was overwhelming. This piece has great tips and resources for journalists covering a shooting.

“AOL May Sell Patch or Deepen Cuts,” by Tom Risen on U.S. News and World Report.

As a Connecticut native, I am very familiar with Patch.com. There are 67 Patch sites in Connecticut. I have many friends who freelanced or worked as editors for the company. I was sad to read that they are struggling and that many have been laid off.

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