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 … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Four out of five UK internet users think paywalls suck

New research just in from eMarketer confirms that, surprise, paywalls aren't that popular with readers in the UK. But there are hopeful signs, they write, showing that traction is slowly increasing, with the Sun and Times as examples. … [Read more...]

’60 to 70 percent of the job is changing culture’

'The startup world is full of young people, money, and optimism. The media world, the vast majority of the time, is not.' The words of an entrepreneurial young British journalist explaining why he has refused job offers from newspapers after he quit to launch his own news products. The quote comes … [Read more...]

Jargon-watch: ‘Slippery content’, via digital strategist Tiffany St James

To kick off Jargon-watch, my collection of colourful emerging digital terms, I present 'slippery content', coined by the digital and social media strategist Tiffany St James (left) in a talk to my newspaper outlining the tools and platforms to make content richer and more consumable. 'Slippery … [Read more...]

72 per cent

... of mobile display ad revenue now goes to six companies - none of which are news producing organizations." A truly gut-churning statistic from Pew Research, quoted in an article by the media commentator Tom Foremski in which he argues that no amount of billionaires will save journalism as long … [Read more...]

“Doing things is the best way to learn. To try means to fail. To fail means to learn.”

Continuing my theme of 'failing in newsrooms', Olga Lucia Lozano, pictured, co-founder of a leading investigative journalism site in Colombia, La Silla Vacia (The Empty Chair), shares the fruits of her own mistakes as a 'news entrepreneur'. "Don't think about it, do it. Doing things is the best way … [Read more...]

Pretty data: the cream of infographics

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 … [Read more...]