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...]

“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...]

Journalists are the worst kind of risk takers, says Joi Ito of MIT Media Lab

“When you’re sinking, you have two ways to go: You can bet the house on something, go all in, or you can try to become smaller and smaller until you disappear” - Joi Ito I posed a question in a recent post asking how newspapers should respond to the rise of startup-inspired metrics that encourage … [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...]

‘Publishers might build a revenue ledge through innovation of the advertising format, but the confusion that makes it work often diminishes the host publication’s credibility.’

NYT's David Carr considers the risks of native advertising for newspapers and other media. And now the US Federal Trade Commission is looking into the issue. … [Read more...]

iSpy drones: the hack’s third eye in the sky

Finally, a simple iPhone-controlled drone fitted with a camera that could revolutionise the job of the warzone reporter, paparazzi snapper, or merely curious hack. All you need is a simple attachment for your iPhone and $70 and away you go. A review in 9to5Mac gives the lowdown.  Of course, much … [Read more...]

Peretti’s wake-up call to papers

"The world needs sustainable, profitable, vibrant content companies staffed by dedicated professionals; especially content for people that grew up on the web, whose entertainment and news interests are largely neglected by television and newspapers." Jonah Peretti's much-shared memo to his … [Read more...]

NYT and the ultimate job requirements of the modern journalist

A job advert landed in my inbox for an 'interactive story designer' at the New York Times.I reproduce it in full as a guide to where we should be at as digital-era journalists. The ad outlines tech/coding skills requirements, with the assumption that the candidate will have a news nose and … [Read more...]