Here are the places I boldly go before I go anywhere else or do anything else.
NOTtheTalk is a forum set up by the wonderful Johnny the Sailor when the Guardian closed its fabulous Talkboard after more than ten extraordinary years offering the best displacement and most addictive site on the internet. It was the crack cocaine of the web. If only they’d found a way to make money from it, it could’ve save the entire newspaper industry. Okay, slight exaggeration but not that much! For a taster of the new board, try NOTtheTalk’s Twitter feed.
Best for journalists
Journobiz is a forum for working journalists, student journalists and new entrants to the business. So if you want to be a journalist or are already working as one, it’s for you. You need to register but it’s well worth it. Lots of lovely advice from lots of lovely people, including me! I post there as Little Wing
Other useful sites for journalists or those who interested in that world are journalism.co.uk and journalisted See also holdthefrontpage of course Press Gazette and Gorkana and Media Guardian is still a must.
Best for communications
Sharon O’Dea has a wonderfully informative site about the world of comms, internal and external. It’s a fascinating read; she’s very diligent about updating her site and always interesting. Do visit.
Best for nutrition
Does inactivity really cause obesity? Does eating fat make you fat? If you’re interested in food politics and the politics of food the foodwiser site run by Loren Grant has a lovely philosophy around food – that it’s something to be enjoyed, not feared! Do take a look.
Best for distraction
For the best distraction when you need it, there’s no better place than Radio 4 Extra which has loads of wonderful old radio plays, dramas, comedies and programmes. Endless hours of not working can be spent there. I also love a site that celebrates drinking tea and having a biscuit because no matter how busy you are, there should always be time for tea and biscuits. And cake.
Best for news