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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

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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

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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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500,000 in two weeks

The number of personalised Flipboard magazines that have been created since the newsreader app launched its self-publishing magazine feature, according to a Techcrunch report. It has been argued that this is not merely a feature, but could be the basis for a new business model – a pivot, if you will – as free shareable […]

Video clippings

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A book of The Best American Infographics 2013 has been published showcasing exactly what it says on the tin – with lots of inspiring examples for use of design to make data sing (thanks to the ever excellent Maria Popova of Brain Pickings for alerting me). This video is a pretty tour of what’s in […]

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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