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 →
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 →
It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I’m going to start just capturing snippets of things that capture my attention and share them here – the space that Suw and I own and have called home for years now. Today, I’m paying attention to the real challenges hitting print in the UK, and a start-up that is shutting down chronicles the tension between growth and revenue.
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 →
You’re a journalist. What would you do if you lost your job tomorrow? For many journalists – including me – this isn’t a hypothetical question, and it’s why I urge you to have a Plan B.
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.
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?
Back in March, I said that I was hiring, looking for journalists ready to create the future of media, and now I find myself looking to my future. On Tuesday, my position was eliminated with immediate effect. I’ve been at the cutting edge of digital media for two decades, and if you need a proven digital media leader, let’s talk.
I’ve started writing US focused pieces for the UK’s Media Briefing, and my most recent piece looks at the podcast renaissance. Everyone has focused on listening on mobile devices, but one of the big things driving the resurgence of podcasting is the thing we drive – connected cars.
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 →