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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

The £15 tablet

A low-cost Indian tablet could blaze a trail through Africa, and even perhaps upset the likes of Apple and Samsung. Imagine if tablets weren’t a £250 product? Here’s a video about it, while Quartz has a nice piece about it.

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

The rumours of news’ demise have been greatly exaggerated

A little sprinkle of good news this week from the people at Pew Research who found that news consumption is increasing in the US because of the explosion in usage of mobile, ie tablets/smartphones. News was the second most popular activity after email, they found. A report in GigaOm indicates that publishers like the New […]

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