Noshings #4

“I’m not sure how I fit into the media industry,” I said to a media consultant earlier this year. 

I still haven’t figured out the answer, yet I follow industry news and how-to articles as if I was still working in media. Perhaps in this day and age, we all are. 

I have been fascinated lately, by reports on how young people consume news. I believe that it’s important information for both media companies, as well as companies that do content marketing. 

Back in 2012, when I still officially a journalist, I was often asked if I was working in a dying industry. It’s 2019, journalism isn’t dead yet and I still believe now what I did then: journalism will evolve. Rasmus Nielsen who is the Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism wrote a beautiful essay about the fight for the future of journalism

I’ve been experimenting with podcasting for a while now. I get decent sound quality by recording in a quiet room with no moving air (no fans / air-conditioners). This article in journalism.co.uk provides six tips for getting even better audio quality.

My other obsession currently is newsletters. Anne-LaureLe Cunff shared a case study on how she used ProductHunt to launch her newsletter and got 2,000 news subscribers via the platform.

This article on the Global Investigative Journalism Network about how English is “skewing the global news narrative” was thought-provoking. Does having good English equate to being a good journalist? What sort of news goes international? 

Noshings #3

I’ve been a reflective phase the last week and thus, have been struck the most by content that’s somewhat related to reflection and self-examination. 

I found this post about how one should “cross the world four times” very beautifully written. I’ve only crossed the world once and I’m not sure if I did all I could have done. Now that I’ve read this, perhaps I’ll do better when I cross the world for the second time.

Carl Sagan’s paper on The Art of Baloney Detection provides some tools for “skeptical thinking”, which I felt was important seeing as I’ve been reading a bit about the treatment and eating of animals in Animal Liberation

Sidenote: I subscribe to the Fermat’s Library newsletter, which sends a “paper of the week” each week. It’s a great way to read academic writing from a range of different topics. 

After reading Josh Spector’s post on how being specific can help one’s success, I realised that I tend to be a little too vague at times. Spector provides five areas where being specific can be especially helpful. 

Sam Andrew left his hedge fund job after nine years working in finance to travel the world. He shares some of the lessons he’s learned after “a year of discovery”. One thing he’s learned is that one should “enjoy the journey”.

He writes, “If the journey is not fulfilling, don’t fool yourself into thinking the destination will miraculously bring you fulfilment.

I also found this Simon Sinek video on how to measure success quite insightful. He says that the metrics that we use to measure success is incomplete. For example, there are metrics to measure performance, but none to measure trustworthiness. 

Noshings #2

Another week, another list of links. Mostly product development and design related.

I came across beautiful graphic on the change in usage share of Internet browsers from 1996-2019. It also shows that when it comes to business / innovation, you don’t always have to be the first to do something. You just need to do it better. I also found myself loving the quote at the end ie. “data is beautiful”. 

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love newsletters. Email Love is a collection of landing pages for email newsletters. It’s a wonderful resource for design inspiration, as well as for HTML templates specific for email sign-ups.

Another website for design inspiration – humans.fyi. This website features homepage website designs. The people whose websites are listed are web designers/developers or makers. Besides being a design inspiration, it’s another great way to discover interesting people to follow. 

For those looking to develop content-focused products, Nieman Lab’s article on how those under 35 use news apps is insightful. No surprise, Instagram was the primary app used. The only news app that made it to the top 25 used list was Reddit. The sample size for this study was pretty small though — 20 people between the ages of 18-35. 

When it comes to fundraising, there are some things that venture capitalists/builders look for. Early stage VC Parul Singh has a checklist that’s helpful for those looking to raise money for their seed rounds. 

Noshings #1

I read quite a lot of articles on a daily basis (usually getting them straight in my email inbox). 

While I sometimes write blog posts about the ones that have really spoken to me, there are others that leave me with thoughts that I haven’t fully formulated or verbalised yet. 

Besides these, there are other articles that I find interesting, that I might want to share, but don’t have much commentary on. 

So I thought I’d try to do a bit of a round-up (maybe a regular one) of interesting things that I’ve read that I may want to come back to at a later point. 

For example, this 2018 post on how “most software engineering is plumbing” is a thought-provoking one. 

This Poynter article on how to pitch your podcast successfully in a newsroom, is also a great guide for pitching a podcast to any kind of business that wants to produce content. It can also be used when planning out your own podcast. 

Here’s another article on how to say no, which I’ll definitely need to come back to. As well as one about how to be your own business coach

This one in The Hustle about how computer programming is so yesterday, and the new in is genetic programming. 

So each of these round-up posts will be an eclectic mix of articles, but I’ll try to cap it at five links, as well as find some way to organise them.