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How News Orgs Can Make Weather Interesting on Social Media

Weather forecasts can’t possibly be funny, right? But Digital Communities Manager at the Dallas Morning News, Michael Landauer, has made the impossible possible in his hilarious daily weather Facebook posts.

Poynter has been giving Landauer’s postings some love over the last week, but as I’m a Dallas native and follow the comical newspaperman on Facebook (he was my editor back in the day, when I wrote for the DMN as a Student Voice), I’ve been noticing Landauer’s unique take on weather for several weeks now. Another disclosure before we go further: I write for the DMN-owned content agency Speakeasy doing sponsored editorial, though that has nothing to do with the News‘ general Facebook presence.

Back to the weather. I read these posts each morning as I scroll through my Facebook feed in bed. Here are a few of Landauer’s most inspired works:

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Finally, Viral Content That’s Actually Funny: The Onion To Launch ClickHole.com

Watch out Upworthy, BuzzFeed and the other bazillion viral content producers who rely on visitors falling into the rabbit hole of clicking link after viral link on their website. There’s soon to be a new, funnier kid on the block who’s going after your audience by poking fun at you…

(Screen capture from ClickHole.com)

(Screen capture from ClickHole.com)

Parody news site The Onion, which already garners robust traffic by playing off newspaper and TV news story stereotypes, announced this week it will set its sights on stealing some of the click love with a parody site of the viral content farms.

The new site, ClickHole.com, will launch in June. Don’t worry though if you can’t wait that long, there’s already a fun infographicesque tutorial up on the homepage where you can practice your clicking skills. Plus, the name is such a perfect parody of such sites that it’s hard to believe that domain was even available.

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What Happens When Journalists Show Up To An Unprepared Sochi: Twitter Gold

Journalists often fall into one of two extremes: The nothing-fazes-me, I’ve-seen-everything sort, and the quick-to-complain, give-me-what-I-want-now set. It’s not often the two overlap, but this week both of those types have a reason to vent in unison.

That’s because the cadre of journalists covering this year’s winter Olympics have arrived and taken to Twitter to vent their frustration and amusement with how host-city Sochi is so unprepared for this year’s winter games. It’s the most expensive Olympics in history, and many reporters report their hotel rooms aren’t finished or are lacking essential ingredients, like running water, light bulbs or even door knobs.

If there were a medal for making us appreciate what we have, these guys would have won the gold. The following are my favorites, but the Washington Post collected many more good (or bad depending how you look at it) observations as well:

Dan Wetzel, of Yahoo Sports, joked that “Early impressions of Sochi is that everything should be ready and spectacular for the 2015 Winter Games.” He wrote at length about what he encountered when he arrived in Sochi to find an unprepared hotel and city, but he also shared this:

Sorry folks, they fixed his doorknob, so the offer’s not valid anymore. But he might be in the market to trade for some new light fixtures soon: Read more

Get Us Your Ideas For This Year’s Journo-Valentines

Valentine’s Day is one month away. Gulp. But don’t worry, we’ll be here for you again this year with another batch of fun journalism-related Valentine’s e-cards for your sweetie. We hope they like puns more than chocolate, because those are easier to come by on this list.

We’ve already come up with some fun ideas based on trends and perennial topics, but we want your ideas too! Because we’ve already covered a lot of ground in past year, we wanted to see what card you’d like to share with your journo-loves. Maybe it’s a journalism-inspired pickup line? Or a it’s-only-OK-to-use-puns-for-punchlines-once-a-year traditional Valentine idea? It could be anything related to writing, reporting, designing, coding, copyediting, social media, etc. Pretty much anything in a journalist’s life is fair, as you’ll see if you flip through past editions (linked below).

Send us your ideas in the comments, on Twitter @10000words with #journolove, or on Facebook.

And in the meantime, enjoy some favorites from the previous sets we’ve published. Maybe your gem is already out there?

We go together like pizza and election night
2013 (full set)

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When NYT Site Goes Down, Journalists Turn To Jokes

What happens when one of the most-trafficked news sites goes down for more than an hour mid-day and mid-week? Well, journalists and readers turn to other ways to amuse themselves with jokes and speculation about why the New York Times site was offline from sometime in the 11 a.m. hour to slightly after 1 p.m. today.

If you tried to load the page (which seems to be back up again now), this is what you saw:

The site is now, finally, loading for me, but I didn’t see an actual explanation for the lunch-hour outage there. But the Times on Twitter had this to say when the site was finally back up:

Also on Twitter, here’s a sampling of some of the amusing tweets that came through during and about the “crisis,” including a few from NYT staffers themselves:

And my personal favorites:

And related:

If you want to see a fuller recap, the Atlantic Wire has a nice timeline on its post: “The Day the Web Learned What It’d Be Like to Lose The New York Times.” And if you’d like to see a few more jokes beyond what I dug up, The Daily Beast has you covered.

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