March 24, 2014
Dog Ear Consultants
There’s a lot of chatter on Twitter, but at its best, it’s a vehicle for inspiration and knowledge exchange, all in your pocket. If you’re only using Twitter to tell your friends about all the crazy stuff your cat does, a) you should probably just text message them, and, more importantly, b) you’re missing a wealth of cool ideas that you could steal for your magazine’s pages (and look brilliant in the process). So ditch the cat stuff, follow these 7 feeds, and impress your bosses and coworkers with your newfound genius.
Maria Popova (@brainpicker)
From topics like “The Daily Routines of Famous Writers” to “If Shakespeare Had Written Star Wars,” Maria’s Brain Pickings feed is a bottomless well of aggregated creativity that will feed your muse. Where does she find all this stuff?
Creative Bloq (@CreativeBloq)
Hourly tips, tutorials, downloads, and inspirational musings that cover all things design-related. Will help give you some interesting ways to approach the visual packaging of your stories.
10,000 Words (@10000words)
The Twitter feed of Mediabistro’s multimedia blog will keep you updated on all sorts of trends in the journalism industry. Writing tips, tech tools, business beats, emerging writers – it’s all there.
Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson)
The Planet Money founder and New York Times columnist makes the business of economics so appealing. A great example of how to move beyond mere facts and trends to create a narrative and reader service.
The Atavist (@theatavist)
Since 2009, The Atavist has been pushing the technological boundaries of journalism with its tablet-based magazine of high-caliber creative nonfiction in a multimedia platform (that platform, Creatavist, is also available for purchase).
Byliner is a publishing vehicle that highlights some of the country’s best emerging nonfiction writers. As Byliner’s tagline reads: “The perfect story every time.” We can’t argue with that.
Robert Newman (@Newmanology)
One of design’s finest, Bob Newman is the former creative director at New York magazine, Real Simple, and others. His feed puts a critical eye on magazine design, often with a peek into designers’ behind-the-scenes decision-making.