What’s keeping me fired up this week

In between a number of freelance and blogging deadlines, I’ve rounded up this midweek potpourri of links for journalists (and others) seeking work, entrepreneurial ideas, business tips, new media skills and maybe even a little motivation:

• The pros and cons of full-time vs. part-time freelancing on the Web. I go back and forth in my mind on this subject frequently.

• Can you get yourself financially organized in 30 days to tackle the self-employed life? That’s one hell of a challenge, but this guide covers just about everything.

• Smile! Whatever you do on the Web, you’re certain to be discovered on the present-day Candid Camera that is Google. Expect hiring managers and potential clients, if they’re good ones, to check you out.

• So when you do get frustrated, don’t let it show up on the Web. Here are some good ways to vent to your advantage. I’ve found all six of them to be of great help, some more than others.

• Losing a newsroom job is no excuse to stop mining a beat. Jeff Jarvis profiles a laid-off newspaper reporter who’s taken his old Hollywood-oriented gig to a blog. Further your expertise on a niche platform that rewards those who dig far deeper than they ever could in print:

“Note well, other formerly employed journalists, that you don’t need friends in high places in the internet to build your own blog. You can go to WordPress or Typepad or Blogger and start writing and Google or GoDaddy to take your domain. My only advice is to specialize: take on a beat that isn’t being overcovered, do a lot of linking, rise up in Googlejuice, and make the turf your own.”

• Former journalist John Zhu unearthed this link to 100 free Web courses on journalism, blogging and new media. Many of them are offered by MIT and the Poynter Institute’s News University. I’m especially interested in courses on multimedia reporting, sparking creativity and online media law.

• A former colleague has gotten the Twitter bug spreading throughout the journalistic profession. Here’s another skeptic-turned-convert:

“It’s good journalism and here’s why: Our readers have an appetite for this. They have an appetite for quick up to date news. They have an appetite for community . . . and they have an appetite for personalities. Twitter gives you all of those things — even more so than the blog does. The community builds themselves naturally.”

• But at least one fake journalist is grappling to understand what the Twitter fuss is all about:


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