’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...]

The Fox News news deck: BATS or just batty?

Fox News's Star Trek-esque 'news deck', unveiled this week as the future of TV news, has taken a slap from all and sundry. Ludicrous ... Absurd ... Ridiculous... and those are some of the kinder adjectives.Naturally, Jon Stewart piled in saying it looked "like an Apple Genius Bar had an orgasm, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

The UK’s first proper tool to measure content consumption across platforms

In just half an hour this morning, I have moved from my smartphone to my tablet to my desktop PC, consuming sources including Twitter, Facebook and my Wordpress blog feed, not to mention newspaper websites on web browsers and who knows what else. Compared to just two years ago, I am devouring … [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...]

“If you don’t fail enough times over the coming year you get downgraded.”

What the hard-working journos at the Telegraph can expect to hear from Jason Seiken, their new chief content officer, when he takes up his role after leading a successful digital revamp of the US broadcaster PBS, known to generations as the home of Sesame Street.The quote is from Seiken describing … [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...]

In search of perspective: Chris Dancy ‘the world’s most quantified man’

--- The unexamined life, they say, is not worth living. And soon the unexamined life may be impossible in the era of Google Glass and sensor-embedded wearable devices. As I've blogged here before, we are being cast headlong into an 'age of context' - the blogger Robert Scoble's phrase - where … [Read more...]