Kudos go to many news media websites for embracing digital journalism and staying current. But if you’re interested in sites that push the boundaries of digital journalism, there are some sites worth following.
Hordes of content aggregation, content curation, citizen journalism, news crowd-sourcing, multimedia and long form journalism sites have sprung up in the last two years. They’re worth keeping an eye on if you’re a new media journalist wanting to stay current and ahead of the pack.
One example is Storify,which started up in 2011. It allows journalists and others to filter and decipher through the abundance of online information covering events, issues and other news. It’s sources are mostly social media channels such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, but also the mainstream media, bloggers and professional journalists. As a result, stories are often dynamic and multimedia.
NowPublic, based out of Vancouver, was the predecessor to Storify. It is described as a “multimedia online news magazine where you can make, break, shape, and share international news as it happens.” The site has five million monthly readers, covers technology, the environment, sports, health and whatever else is trending and is maintained by contributors all over the world.
Now Public has 5 million monthly readers, and its content covers everything from technology and environment, to health and sports. Articles are written based on the ‘trending issues of the day’, by contributors who add in background information, photos and videos. Contributions come in from citizen hacks in over 160 countries.
Then there’s MediaCooler.com, a digital content marketplace that lets publishers sell content to media outlets and buy features and columns a-la-carte from professional freelance journalists. It’s not really pushing the boundaries of online journalism but certainly fits a niche.
Scoop.it is a content aggregation site that journalists and other users can make use of. The site trolls the web and social media for articles dealing with subjects you may be interested in.
If you thought longform journalism was dead and been killed by 140-character tweets, there are a few sites devoted to long form narrative journalism worth visiting. You can get your longform fix at Longreads, Byliner, Atavist and a number of others keeping the art form alive in the age of short attention spans. Also checkout Matter, which is devoted to science topics.