Nieman Journalism Lab: How journalists can make use of Facebook Pages

Facebook's Vadim Lavrusik provides tips for journalists on how to use Facebook Pages. He suggests individual reporter Pages, "social storytelling" to give users a behind-the-scenes look at the newsgathering process, establishing a "professional" persona to allow readers to see rather than personal pages seen by friends, curating a news stream from other sources, livestreaming video.

Steve Rubel: As Curators Proliferate, Media Brands Face Loyalty Crisis

"Suddenly media brands are facing increased competition from an array of upstart curators that are growing in popularity. These services, which include Flipboard, Feedly, Zite, Pulse and News360 - a Russian app that's my personal favorite, pictured above on the Blackberry Playbook (client) - curate and organize news from hundreds of sources often by topic into rich displays that are available on virtually every mobile platform. Some of these tap into your personal social network to make the experience even more personal. All make it easy to share."

The Guardian: How live blogging has transformed journalism

"The reward is huge traffic spikes, hundreds of comments – so far in March, live blogs (including minute-by-minute coverage of sporting events) on account for 3.6 million unique users, 9% of the total – and the wrath of some traditional readers who clamour for a straight-up-and-down, conventionally written article. One blogger even described live blogs as the 'death of journalism'."

New Media Age: Power is shifting in who chooses the news

Michael Nutley: "The role of editors has been vital to the media success stories of recent years, where niche audiences have proved willing to pay for products closely tailored to their interests. ... We may be approaching a tipping point, however, driven by the rise of social media. There are a raft of startups using people’s social networks to create personalised news feeds ... The problem with the Daily Me approach to filtering is that it only gives you information about things you tell it you’re interested in. The serendipity of newspapers — the way you find yourself reading about an issue or a sector you didn’t know you were interested in — is lost. But by tapping into the interests of your social graph, you tap into all their interests and serendipity is restored."

New York Times: News Is Power in Washington, and Aides Race to Be Well-Armed

Tales of professional news curators: "[Bobby] Maldonado, 26, is one of the dozens of young aides throughout the city who rise before dawn to pore over the news to synthesize it, summarize it and spin it, so their bosses start the day well-prepared. Washington is a city that traffics in information, and as these 20-something staff members are learning, who knows what — and when they know it — can be the difference between professional advancement and barely scraping by. "

Wired UK: The ‘interestingness curators’ of social news

David Rowan: "Welcome to the new era of social curation. We're drowning in data ... we all need a little help in smartly filtering which of those unmediated news items matter to us. And though I'd love to think that, as a professional magazine editor, I know what's right for you, I'm honest enough to admit that your social network understands your interests better than I do."

The Shatzkin Files: Aggregation and curation: two concepts that explain a lot about digital change

"Aggregation ... simply means pulling together things which are not necessarily connected. Curation is a term that has always referred to the careful selection and pruning of aggregates, such as for a museum or an art exhibition. But the concept in the digital content world means the selection and presentation of these disparate items to help a browser or consumer navigate and select from them. Aggregation without curation is, normally, not very helpful. Curation creates the brand."

Publishing 2.0: Best Practices for Journalists Curating the Web: New York Times Bits Blog “What We’re Reading”

"The New York Times technology blog, Bits, which features original online reporting by all of the NYT technology journalists, has formally launched a new feature called “What We’re Reading.” This feature (powered by Publish2) illustrates a number of important best practices for how journalists and news orgs can create significant value for readers by curating the web."

BuzzMachine: Journalists: Where do you add value?

Jeff Jarvis: "Journalism can’t afford repetition and production anymore. Every minute of a journalist’s time will need to go to adding unique value to the news ecosystem: reporting, curating, organizing. This efficiency is necessitated by the reduction of resources. But it is also a product of the link and search economy: The only way to stand out is to add unique value and quality. My advice in the past has been: If you can’t imagine why someone would link to what you’re doing, you probably shouldn’t be doing it. And: Do what you do best and link to the rest."

Recovering Journalist: It’s Not the News. It’s the Packaging

Mark Potts: "Nobody's ever bought news by the story. ... What people do buy are packages of news, often supported by other, non-news content. Journalists don't always like to think about this, but the reasons for subscribing to a newspaper often are as much about the comics, the crosswords and the ads as they are about the news itself. That's what people plunk down their quarters for: the package, not the story. News collected in a convenient, easy-to-use form that adds value."