Tackling Twitter abuse

Twitter has an abuse problem, and as this detailed article by Buzzfeed’s Charlie Warzel, which interviews several (ex-)staff members shows, it is a problem of the company’s own creation. Allowing abuse has been Twitter’s conscious choice and, despite protestations, it can be solved. The problem of abuse and harassment on Twitter is years old, almost as old as Twitter itself,… Read more →

Journalism and innovation: “Never outsource your future”

 Piechota quotes Clayton Christensen, the esteemed chronicler of corporate change, saying: “Never outsource the future.” Ken Doctor does a great summary of a report by Grzegorz Piechota for the INMA. I met Grzegorz Piechota in Prague years ago now, probably 2007. We were both presenting at a small workshop for journalists hosted by the Transitions Online. Rather than doing a full-blown summary of a… Read more →

EDF Energy support girls in STEM by giving prize to boy

EDF Energy support girls in STEM by giving prize to boy

EDF Energy’s #PrettyCurious campaign to encourage girls’ interest in STEM was controversial from its launch last September, but now they’ve really taken the biscuit to end all biscuits by awarding their #PrettyCuriousChallenge prize to a boy. Before we go further, I have to emphasise that this is not the fault of the boy, Josh, at all. Nor is anyone saying… Read more →

"Clay making a point" Photo by Joi Ito

Peak Content: When the Attention Economy bubble bursts

Never have we had so much choice in terms of news, information, music and entertainment. The democratisation of production brought by digital technology has made it easier than ever for people to create content, but it has also made it more difficult than ever to get paid to create it. This cannot last.

Which newspapers will survive?

Which newspapers will survive?

In a recent piece for The Media Briefing in the UK, I ask the question about which newspapers will survive. It is doubtless that newspapers are under pressure right now, but after nearly two years managing a group of small newspapers for Gannett, I realised that there are actually some newspapers that have a real fighting chance to survive. What things do they have in common?

What do we do less of, what do we more of?

My good friend Steve Yelvington highlighted this great post by John E. McIntyre at the Baltimore Sun: More more with less. He was commenting on the move by the Boston Globe to create a new class of multi-platform editors and the response that it had in the industry. The idea of doing more with less or less with less is… Read more →

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