Halloween (or Hallowe’en) may be over, but for writers and editors, the haunting season lasts more than a day or two. We have demons that prevent us from typing that first word in a story we’ve been wanting to write or from suggesting that an awkward phrase be changed in an author’s work. And these may continue to disturb us even long after a work is published.
Aside from zombies and possessed dolls, one fear that perhaps we all share is the fear of failure. On one hand, it helps us become more careful. On the other hand, it keeps us from taking risks and learning. And so, we try to play safe, keep mum, procrastinate, and develop other bad habits. But actually, failure is not fatal, and some people are really just born haters. It doesn’t really matter that we fail; what matters is what we do after a failure.
Here are other stories from the past two weeks that made it to our reading list:
- In case you haven’t noticed yet: No, you’re not in charge of what you get in your Facebook news feed. In fact, Facebook and Google control most of the news traffic to the point that the New York Times says “[t]he fortunes of a news site … can rise or fall depending on how it performs in Facebook’s News Feed.” So what do media companies need to do about it? They need to “give readers what Facebook can’t.”
- Have you ever wondered what the folks in academic publishing actually do? The Scholarly Kitchen, the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s blog, gives us a sneak peek.
- In an interview with Rappler, Sheila Coronel, dean of academic affairs at the Columbia School of Journalism, calls for increasing diversity in newsrooms, applying a digital mindset to the field of journalism, and developing new revenue models for news organizations and shares other important developments in the newswriting field.
- The Guardian reported on what its business partner Whisper was doing with information from the latter’s app users. The piece had journalists divided on whether or not the paper behaved ethically. Which among its values do you think The Guardian upheld: its journalism values or its business values?
- Another Rappler piece questions the so-called resilience of Filipinos. Are we confusing resilience with tolerance?
- There’s procrastination. Then there’s “pre-crastination,” or “trying to do something quickly just to be able to mark it complete.” And both are unproductive.