’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...]

“In a world of so much choice, the smartest and most lucrative consumers will pay their attention to the middleman that acts the most on their behalf.”

Marketing sage Seth Godin's comment under a blog article by Jeff Jarvis, agreeing with his criticism of Google chief economist Hal Varian's verdict on newspapers. Godin adds: Go further, Jeff! Why is the newspaper a middleman and not a representative? If the paper hurries, it can represent the … [Read more...]

“The idea that business sits over here and lets a newsroom do whatever it wants over there is anachronistic”

Chris Hughes, the 29-year-old editor-in-chief of the New Republic - as well as Facebook co-founder and Obama campaigner - shares with PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy some of the lessons he has gathered at the helm of  the venerable American political magazine. And I think he's right:  the church-state … [Read more...]

“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future’

"In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future"Eric Hoffer, an American writer on social and political philosophy (who moonlighted as a thinker while he held down a day job as a dockworker.) The quote was put up during a talk by Kirk McDonald, pictured, president of the … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

“Disrupt yourself, before somebody else disrupts you.”

The concluding tag-line on a Nieman Journalism Lab podcast I heard recently. Crucial to interrogate your own assumptions and more importantly, to get over any reticence and just do it. What's the worst that can happen? Someone says no? … [Read more...]

John Maeda and better leadership by design

John Meada, pictured, an alumnus of MIT Media Lab and head of the Rhode Island School of Design, gave an inspiring talk at the GigaOm Roadmap conference today (05/11/12) which has answers for the very question I was musing on in my previous post - how technology and leadership can come together in … [Read more...]

Innovation in newspapers: marginal vs radical?

Many big-brand newspapers appear to be adopting a marginal iteration approach to establishing their new identity in the digital space. Softly softly, tip-toe tip-toe, experiment small improvements to their digital products and then test and learn from that data before repeating the process. That … [Read more...]

The newspaper innovator’s dilemma

Some choice insights on the 'boiling frog' question for newspapers from HBS professor Clay Christensen in a Nieman Lab interview. By that I mean, when do newspapers realise their goose (or frog) is really cooked? But beyond that, two lessons from Mr Christensen stand out: approaching the question … [Read more...]