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Why should news organizations allocate resources to human writers?

“If journalistic content produced by a piece of software is not (or is barely) discernible from content produced by a journalist, and/or if it is just a bit more boring and less pleasant to read, then why should news organizations allocate resources to human writers?”   Christer Clerwall of Karstad University in Sweden commenting on a […]

Marc Andreessen tweets an astute analysis of the news business

Originally posted on PandoDaily:
Marc Andreessen signed up for Twitter six and a half years ago, didn’t post a tweet for four years, and two and a half years ago tweeted once more. [Disclosure: Marc Andreessen is an investor in Pando.] It then took years for him to return to Twitter (982 days to be…

BuzzFeed Is The Future (Whether It Lives Or Dies)

Originally posted on TechCrunch:
It’s time for a little inside baseball! Be still your beating hearts. But admit it: secretly you want to know about the success/failure of the myriad news sources whose stories flit disconnectedly across your Facebook and Twitter feeds from time to time, if only so you can tell your friends that…

Stat of the day

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The bailout time for the average article read on an iPad, according to ‘eye-tracking’ research by the Poynter Institute, and covered in this article by Rachel McAthy of journalism.co.uk (the leanest news operation in town – recently found out they have only two editorial staff to keep what is by any standards a busy news […]

The UX Report

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Review of Daily Mail Plus: raising the bar for news apps

The Daily Mail has finally joined the battle for pre-eminence on the iPad with the soft-launch of its first proper native newspaper app, the Daily Mail Plus. I have spent some time with it over the past few weeks, and can report that it has raised the bar significantly for newspaper apps. When I say […]

App News

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The Summly summary: the 16-year-old who wants to stop us being ‘inundated with drivel’

…with a little help from Stephen Fry. The pitch is this: Summly is an app developed by 16-year-old Briton Nick D’Aloisio that writes news summaries using an algorithm, making bite sized pieces of news that are easy to consume on a mobile screen – and if you want to read a longer version you can […]

Video clippings

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This Nieman interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Raju Narisetti is an absolutely crucial read for anyone who works in newspapers who cares about the future of newspapers. The highlights, digested, start with paywalls (which he claims have been installed by 450 newspapers in the US and North America in the last 12-18 months): “If […]

Life hacking for media jockeys

Wetransfer.com – file sharing with artfulness

The first of my new ‘discovery of the week’ posts is on we.transfer.com, a lovely solution for transferring files to a friend without going through the extra couple of steps in DropBox or Google Drive. The service, started by a couple of Dutch entrepreneurs, shows changing pictures while you wait for the up or download. […]

Picture story

The fragile legacy of newspapers: a story in four pictures from Backspaces

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