If you’re a journalist who believes, as I do, that the best way to improve your skills is to teach yourself rather than wait for the boss to invest more money in you, there are a couple of interesting announcements today.

First, check out Wired Journalists, a social-networking and information-sharing site born in the wake of Howard Owens’ call for non-wired journalists to learn the skills of new media.

Wired Journalists has been in beta for a few weeks now. (I was the seventh person to join.) But now it’s open to the world.

You can read Howard’s announcement here. Read Ryan Sholin’s take here. Check out Zac Echola’s thoughts here.

I’m looking forward to seeing more folks from the world of B2B journalism on the site soon. So if you’re willing to share what you know, and willing to learn more, join Wired Journalists.

Second, longtime readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of WordPress, the content-management system popular with thousands of bloggers. I’ve long argued that WordPress and similar open-source systems are vastly superior to the systems used by most publishers.

Now comes news that WordPress has landed $29 million in new financing … including an investment from the New York Times.

Check out Matthew Ingram’s thoughts on the deal here. Read Wall Street Journal coverage here. For an earlier post of mine on WordPress, click here.