I started this post simply to question the cost of a two year, $750,000 investigation by ProPublica and This American Life into the potential dangers of acetaminophen. However, 30 seconds of online research and a couple of quick looks at my acetaminophen bottles called into question key assertions in the story. This seems to be a massive waste of time and money.
News organisations are still facing a lot of challenges. You only have to look at continued cost cutting at large groups including Tribune Group and Gannett as well as the failure to launch of Reuters Next to see that we’re still in a period of significant disruption. However, we are also learning how to be more nimble and experiment more successfully, and Joy Mayer and LSE’s Charlie Beckett’s have some good suggestions on how to get better faster.
A number of forward-looking editors and media managers are advocating a mobile first mindset as the mobile revolution becomes a reality. In a great overview of a recent Hacks/Hackers talk in Buenos Aires, US National Public Radio’s news app editor Brian Boyer explains why mobile doesn’t mean on the move anymore and why we should be creating content for audiences’ “cracks in the day”.
Data journalism seems so new, so cutting edge, but it actually has a long history. Numbers have always been a part of journalism, but technology opened up new opportunities to not only use numbers but also analyse them. The technology that has opened up these new horizons goes much farther back than most think, and I’ve found a message from what many argue is the first time a computer was used in journalism.
Quartz, the newest member of The Atlantic Media network, launched in 2012, but by July, it already had 5 m users and said that it had already passed The Economist’s web traffic in the US and would soon pass the Financial Times, and Jay Lauf, the publisher of the site, kicked off Journalism.co.uk’s News Rewired 2013 talking about the strategy… Read more →
Last night, I had the pleasure of hearing a talk by Clay Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, at the RSA in London. In his talk, he laid out why short-term, finance driven goals were choking the US and UK economies of job-creating empowering innovations. I’ve summarised his talk and a brief conversation I had with him about journalism and innovation. If you are a manager and want to know how to deal with disruption in your business, Christensen has the ideas to help you seize the initiative.
Newspapers and print media saw the ‘asteroid’ coming, as Neil Thackray of Briefing Media put it, but like so many other industries facing disruption, they failed to adapt. In this piece that originally appeared on The Media Briefing, I look at ways that news organisation can increase experimentation and therefore increase their ability to adapt to the rapid changes that digital is bringing to their industry.
When Steve Ballmer announced that he was retiring, I said on Twitter that the announcement was unsurprising but that Microsoft needed a surprise to replace him. Ever since Microsoftie Stephen Elop took the helm of Nokia, everyone has been predicting that Microsoft would scoop up the fallen mobile giant. The speculation only intensified when Elop decided that the only way… Read more →
The job search is starting to get interesting, and I am starting to interview for some interesting positions. For other journalists and digital media professionals, I report on what I’m finding and what has been helpful for me. One thing everyone has told me was to be positive and patient. There are jobs out there, but employers are just taking longer to make a decision.