The word of the week is curation.  I posted about curation as it related to Alacra Pulse, but curation is all over the web.  Here are some of the best recent articles and posts by opinion leaders on the web:

'Curation,' and journalists as curators, by Mindy McAdams, Teaching Online Journalism, December 3, 2008

"So I’m going to list some aspects of journalistic curation that fit well, I think, with the museum version of curating…"

Can "Curation" Save Media? by Steve Rosenbaum, Silicon Alley Insider, April 3, 2009

"Curation is the new role of media professionals."

The Death of the Curator by Pete at Newcurator, April 16, 2009

"Museum curators and print journalists have a lot in common, in that it is their skills that turn an amount of information into something worth giving a damn about."

Death of the Curator.  Long live the Curator.  By Jeff Jarvis, April 23, 2009

"We have many automated means to aggregate news. Curation is a step above that, human selection. It’s a way to add value."

Aggregation and curation: two concepts that explain a lot about digital change by Mike Shatzin, The Idea Logical Blog, September 21, 2009

"Aggregation without curation is, normally, not very helpful. Curation creates the brand."

Manifesto For The Content Curator: The Next Big Social Media Job Of The Future, by Rohit Bhargava of SocialMediaToday, October9, 2009

"A Content Curator is someone who continually finds, groups, organizes and shares the best and most relevant content on a specific issue online."

A Nerd's Take On The Future of News Media, by Craig Newmark, October 19, 2009

"Trust is the new black, as I like to say. The great opportunity for news organizations is to constructively demonstrate trustworthy reporting, and to visibly do so. News curation, that is, selecting what's news and should be visible, that's an equally big deal."

Curation: The end of content aggregation as we know it, by Sean Blanda, eMedia Vitals, October 20, 2009

"Content curation presents an opportunity for media sites to win some of the audience they have ceded to content aggregators"

Steve Rubel on Social Content Curation (video), October 21, 2009

Steve Rubel ( talks about the importance of aggregating and curating content from across the social media landscape. He also offers a few examples of companies already doing good curation work.

Yahoo! To Come Full Circle With News Link Curation Site by Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb, October 21, 2009

"Information curation is hot already and will probably only get hotter as a (great) job in the near future."

This list isn't meant to be exhaustive, but each author makes at least one interesting point about the growing importance of content curation.  If there's a good one I missed, please let me know.