The Hotlist: January 2014
A Guide to the Web’s Most Cutting Edge New Media Content

Compiled by Elliot Feldman 

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The Hotspot 
The Hotspot highlights Web content created by writers working under a WGA contract. 


Fetching is a Web sitcom created by Sex and the City series writer Amy Harris. The online series is sponsored by AOL and Michael Eisner's production company Vuguru. The plotline revolves around a lawyer (played by Colette Wolfe) who leaves her high-paying job and fiancé to start a doggy daycare/dog walker business called Fetching.

What the Flicka?
What the Flicka is award-winning actress (Desperate Housewives) Felicity Huffman's Web site. "Flicka" is Huffman's nickname. She calls her site "a haven for moms, sisters, women, or just about anyone who could use a little pick me up." She describes it as "shortcuts, tricks, and hard earned advice from one girl to another." Guest bloggers have included everyday mom bloggers as well as fellow Hollywood personalities Annabelle Gurwitch and Jennifer Grey.


VentureBeat is a San Francisco-based technology news Web site featuring interviews with technology leaders, product reviews, videos, and blog articles mostly on entrepreneurial and tech innovation. Site founder Matt Marshall states that the site is mostly about "disruptive technology." Before starting VentureBeat, Marshall covered the world of venture capital for The San Jose Mercury News. Dylan Tweney, former senior editor, is editor-in-chief responsible for VentureBeat's gadget news and product reviews.

Digital Music News
Digital Music News was founded by digital media veteran Paul Resnikoff. It serves as a source for the latest digital music news, information, and commentary. The content is aimed at music industry and technology professionals. The Web site includes a daily morning email blast "sent to tens of thousands of industry executives."

digital audio insider
"digital audio insider" is David Harrell's blog "about the economics of music and other digital content." Harrell's informative views and opinions come from his unique perspective as an indie rock musician and a professional investment analyst at Morningstar, a Chicago-based financial investment firm.

One Man and His Blog
One Man and His Blog is also known as "Adam Tinworth's informal trade journal of a still-emerging field." Tinworth is a London-based business journalist working with Reed Business Information, a leading international provider of business-to-business information and marketing. His blog focusses on the role of blogging for businesses as well as the future of publishing and digital media.
MobileBurn is a Web site focusing on news, product reviews, and commentary regarding "cellphones, smartphones, tablets, and related media such as Bluetooth headsets and keyboards." The managing editor is Andrew Kameka.


Wall Street Journal's Lobotomy Files
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, The Wall Street Journal offers among its special multimedia projects, The Lobotomy Files. The project presented by WSJ reporter Michael Phillips tells stories of returned American soldiers post-World War II and the radical treatment that they received for PTSD, among other psychological disorders. It's a rich multimedia mix of video, audio, photos, and text from previously unreleased VA files.

The Atlantic's BY HEART
Venerable The Atlantic magazine offers "By Heart", an online project where noted modern authors share and discuss their favorite all-time passages in literature. Authors include Jonathan Franzen, Stephen King, Ira Glass, Khaled Hosseini, Fay Weldon, and Walter Mosley.

Longstanding literary magazine BookForum revamped their Web site in 2009 to include announcements of nationwide literary events, Internet exclusive book reviews, and two blogs: Paper Trail and Omnivore.


The Buttry Diary
Steve Buttry is an adjunct professor of journalism at Georgetown and American University. He describes himself as a "Digital Transformation Editor." In 2010 he was named editor of the year by Editor & Publisher magazine. "The Buttry Diary" is his blog. Its primary focus is on the future of journalism as a "mobile-first technology" as well as the ongoing impact of journalism on the rapidly expanding world of social media.

The WGAW encourages New Media projects to respect content creators through Guild contracts. If you’re working in New Media and would like information on getting your project covered, contact Shelagh Wagener or call (323) 782-4511.

Elliot Feldman's novel, Sitting Shiva, was published in 2003 -- ISBN: 0964374064. And check out his comics at Scene4 Magazine - WARNING: Not for the easily offended.