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Medium has become the blogging platform of choice for many individual journalists as well as news organisations.

Launched in 2012 by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, the publishing platform features a uniform, minimalistic design that puts the writing in the spotlight.

Certain news organisations such as the Washington Post have set up Medium accounts as an additional distribution channel for their stories, while others such as The Times and The Economist are also using the platform to share the latest news from their digital teams and highlight lessons from their recent experiments.

If you have just discovered Medium, if your reading list could use a refresh, or if you're interested in following as many sources of media news and commentary as possible, here is a list of Medium publications that cover the industry.

The list is by no means exhaustive – it's a collection of publications we follow at and others that have been recommended by our readers on Twitter. Tweet us your favourites at @journalismnews and we will add them to the list.

Digital journalism

Thoughts on journalism – This publication is run by Media Lab Bayern and features articles about the problems and challenges facing journalism today, such as diversity, successful social strategies and monetisation.

The Local News Lab – Follow for insights on sustainability and experiments in local journalism from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

First Draft News – The First Draft Coalition was set up in June 2015 with funding from the Google News Lab to collate and share best practices for working with eyewitness media online. Its Medium publication includes features, analysis and case studies from coalition partners including Storyful and Meedan.

Vantage – Follow for thoughts on photography and the future of photojournalism, as well as great photo essays and practical tips.

Monday Note – Edited by Frederic Filloux, this publication provides analysis on media, technology and business models from its team based in Paris and Palo Alto every Monday.

Global Editors Network – Thoughts on the latest news and trends in journalism and interviews with key figures in digital media from GEN.

The Splice Newsroom – Founded by Alan Soon, The Splice Newsroom supports newsroom transformation and media start-ups in Asia. The Medium publication features thoughts on media and profiles of leading millennials and entrepreneurs.

IFJ Weekly Roundup – A selection of stories and media commentary from the team behind the annual International Journalism Festival.


Backchannel – Part of Wired Media Group, Backchannel features stories from the tech world, from start-up tales to features and analysis about the leading technology companies today. While it's not focused on journalism, it's one to follow for keeping up with the latest trends and developments.

Haptical – Edited by Deniz Ergürel, Tow-Knight Fellow at City University of New York, Haptical chronicles the latest developments in virtual reality and their possible applications, from journalism to retail and entertainment.

Journalism 360 – This Medium publication is a part of an immersive news initiative started up in September by the Google News Lab and the Knight Foundation. It features case studies and analysis on the use of virtual reality in journalism, tackling aspects such as narrative techniques, ethics, and filming.

Google News Lab – Follow for the latest initiatives from the News Lab and insights into Google Trends data.


Social Journalism #SocialJ – MA students from the Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York share their experiments in community engagement in this publication edited by the university's director of social journalism Carrie Brown.

3 to Read – Get three recommended articles on journalism once a week from Matt Carroll, journalism professor at Northeastern University. Also available as an email newsletter.

NJ Mobile News Lab – This publication, ran by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, documents experiments in mobile news innovation in a drive to minimise "the troublesome innovation gap" between small and large publishers.

Whither news? – A collection of posts about opportunities in journalism by Jeff Jarvis, journalism professor at City University of New York and head of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

Geeks Bearing Gifts – Jeff Jarvis is also republishing his "Geeks Bearing Gifts" book on the possible futures of news on Medium.

Media organisations

Severe contest – A publication from The Economist's digital team featuring the latest announcements on new products as well as reflections on past and current social media experiments and initiatives.

Digital @ The Times – Thoughts and announcements, including job alerts, from the digital team at The Times and Sunday Times.

De Correspondent – The team behind the Dutch independent journalism platform De Correspondent is sharing insights into the organisation's transformation from a record-breaking crowdfunded project into a publication funded through memberships, book publishing and events.

Freelancing and entrepreneurship

Startup Grind – Working at a media startup? Follow this publication for founder stories, thoughts on company culture, productivity, and funding.

Freelance Writing – A publication with tips, advice and ideas for successful freelancing, whether you write exclusively journalistic editorial or want to move into copywriting or start working on creative projects.

Is your favourite publication not on the list? Let us know what we missed on Twitter at @journalismnews.

Update: Friday Reading has been removed from this list. The weekly reading recommendations about journalism and technology from Martin Belam, social and new formats editor at the Guardian, have moved from Medium to Belam's own blog.

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