“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...]

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...]

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 … [Read more...]

90 per cent

The proportion of news that will be generated by computer within 15 years, according to Kris Hammond, pictured, the chief technology officer of Narrative Science, a company prominently name-checked by Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism in its annual State of the News Media report. It's a … [Read more...]

Proof Warren Buffett still believes in (local) newspapers

"Charlie and I believe that papers delivering comprehensive and reliable information to tightly-bound communities and having a sensible Internet strategy will remain viable for a long time. " Warren Buffett explaining why his investment company Berkshire Hathaway has spent $344 million buying 28 … [Read more...]

Young people could save newspapers

A ray of light for the news industry today from the PEW journalism group which has conducted an authoritative study of news consumption across mobile devices. One finding stands out: that young people are keeping up with older news consumers on mobile platforms, suggesting the habit of news … [Read more...]

840,000

The number of unique users in the first month of Quartz, the Atlantic business news startup. Not bad for something out of nothing, and reporters who double as coders. … [Read more...]

The Summly summary: the 16-year-old who wants to stop us being ‘inundated with drivel’

...with a little help from Stephen Fry. The pitch is this: Summly is an app developed by 16-year-old Briton Nick D'Aloisio that writes news summaries using an algorithm, making bite sized pieces of news that are easy to consume on a mobile screen - and if you want to read a longer version … [Read more...]