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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

Marc Andreessen’s happy prognosis for the news business: ‘Big opportunity for news industry in next 5-10 yrs is to increase market size 100x, drop prices 10x. Become larger & much more important.

BuzzFeed Is The Future (Whether It Lives Or Dies)

This TechCrunch piece comparing the rate of story sharing across the major online news sources is such required reading that I reblog it without shame! Condensed: Buzzfeed is king

Stat of the day

78.3 seconds

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

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

One second

How often the newsreader app Flipboard adds a new user, according to recent stats on its blog. No wonder that Flipboard has been cited as inspiration for Facebook’s new Newsfeed. The future of the news, as they say, is social – as long as there’s lots of content with it that you can monetise. Other […]

Video clippings

My discovery of the week is a new online tool called Popcorn Maker, which allows users to ‘remix’ online video footage using a range of features such as overlaid text and images, maps and even links. No more monolithic talking heads! Here they have remixed some video with a song written and recorded by Commander […]

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