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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

51 percent

The proportion of IT departments that are involved in implementing innovative ideas but have no role in generating them, according to a report in the Economist Intelligence Unit. A peculiar disjunct,  I feel, given that technology is so frequently the source of a business’s power to innovate. So why are the techies not contributing more? […]

The UX Report

Mail Plus checks in with 23,000 subscribers (58-year-olds who like Puccini and sudokus)

Fresh from claiming the title of world’s biggest newspaper website, the Daily Mail is advancing on another digital frontier with the first results from its Mail Plus tablet app. I reviewed the app on this blog shortly after its launch in February and concluded that it had raised the bar for news apps by some […]

App News

Raju Narisetti of WSJ: how newspapers should tackle 2013

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 […]

Video clippings

What the hard-working journos at the Telegraph can expect to hear from Jason Seiken, their new chief content officer, when he takes up his role after leading a successful digital revamp of the US broadcaster PBS, known to generations as the home of Sesame Street. The quote is from Seiken describing to a TED conference last October the […]

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