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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)

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

10 million

The number of users of Path, the ‘intimate’ social network that bills itself as a more personal alternative to Facebook, according to NextWeb. That milestone is impressive in a world of FB dominance, although not everyone is impressed with how they’re doing it. A London-based SEO strategist tells how it blitzed his phone contacts with […]

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

Test dummy: here’s a browser version of my app

Here’s an interesting way to show off a builds for an IOS app design without actually running it as an app. It’s called Kickfolio, runs in HTML5, and seems to me to offer added convenience in testing. That is, testers can be reached more efficiently on a wider platform and encouraged to leave feedback comments […]

Video clippings

An app from a startup called Clinch lets users create “experience summaries” – ie lets you combine videos, pictures and content from multiple sources, based on location and time. As the report on the Next Web says, it could be an interesting tool to create collaborative video clips during public gatherings. And with print journalists now being deployed […]

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