Become a Link Journalist for Writer River

Writer River is a collaborative social news site that allows technical communicators to both find and share links to interesting content they find online. As more people contribute to the site – sharing links to blog posts, magazine or journal articles, podcasts, books, videos, and even literature — the more engaging the site becomes. The dozens of highly relevant, useful articles that flow through Writer River each week can help you stay updated with the latest trends in technical communication as well as help others stay updated as well.

Here’s how the site works. When you are set up as a link journalist, you can add links to Writer River through three different methods: from a Publish2 bookmarklet, from Google Reader, or from Delicious. When you add a link, you can also type a brief comment about why you are recommending the link.

Not only can you add to Writer River; you can share the latest Writer River articles on your own site. You can add a snippet of code on your site showing the latest posts from Writer River, or if you have WordPress, you can add a Publish2 widget that pulls in the posts automatically. You can also style the code so that it matches the branding of your site.

If you would like to contribute as a link journalist on Writer River, just complete the form here.

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By Tom Johnson

I'm a technical writer working for the 41st Parameter in San Jose, California. I'm primarily interested in topics related to technical writing, such as visual communication (video tutorials, illustrations), findability (organization, information architecture), API documentation (code examples, programming), and web publishing (web platforms, interactivity) -- pretty much everything related to technical writing. If you're trying to keep up to date about the field of technical communication, subscribe to my blog either by RSS, email, or another method. To learn more about me, see my About page. You can also contact me if you have questions.

5 thoughts on “Become a Link Journalist for Writer River

  1. Alistair Christie

    Tom,

    I’ve started using the Publish2 bookmarklet.

    I think I’ll blog about it, but I thought you might be interested in some direct feedback. As you know, there’s lots of ways of setting up and using Publish2 but here’s how I’m using it.

    When I’ve read a page I think other tech writers might be interested in I just go to my Bookmarks list, click the Publish2 link and fill out the sidebar form that’s displayed.

    I type in a description of what I like about the page in the “Public Comments” box. I select the check box for the “Technical Communication” newsgroup. The check box for twitter is selected by default – I just add some tweet text. In the “Also add this link to” section I select the check box for my blog (ITauthor.com) – my “What I’m Reading” category is already selected – I just have to copy some text from the “Public Comments” box and that becomes a link to the article in the resulting blog post.

    Then I just have to click Save and I’m done. My blog’s updated with a new post, Writer River also gets a new link entry and a tweet gets sent out to my twitter followers. Quick, easy and kills three birds with one stone. Brilliant!

    My only quibble would be that I have to remind myself that “Technical Communication” is “Writer River.” I’d have found it clearer if you’d called the “Technical Communication” newsgroup “Writer River.” That aside, I like it a lot! Thanks.

    1. Tom

      Alistair, thanks for the feedback. I somehow missed this comment when you initially submitted it, and am just now seeing it. Sorry for the slow response. Let add my comment to your post instead.

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