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


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

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

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