From the Editors Weblog
Augmented reality is now more popular than ever, capturing the imagination and focus of the tech innovation front runners. But some have taken a different approach and the first steps towards a different concept altogether. Aiming to chip away at the boundaries of the physical world by digitalising aspects of it, allow me to introduce you to the idea of augmented spaces writes Rebecca Jayne Pattison.
Engagement is the new hot buzzword in publishing. There’s lots of talk from industry watchers and thinkers about concentrating on attention minutes or building a loyal audience. Unfortunately, there’s very little engagement building actually happening in publishing. Many publishers are still chasing page views and cheap clicks. They continue to obsess over monthly uniques, even if they are crap visitors who show up from Facebook once due to a viral post and never visit the site again, writes Ryan Singel, Co-founder of content recommendation system Contextly.
Source protection erosion: a global case study on the rising threat to investigative journalism #TrendsinNewsrooms
Investigative journalists struggling to uphold their ethical commitment to protect their sources in the digital era are changing their practices significantly as the Snowden effect takes hold in our newsrooms. For many journalists, “going back to analogue basics” is the new normal when dealing with confidential sources. Julie Posetti examines the evolving issues as they emerged during recent interviews with over two dozen leading editors, investigative journalists and media lawyers.
'I am very interested in Virtual Reality for an organisation like The Guardian,' Charlie Phillips, Head of Documentaries
As Sunny Side of the Doc, the international market for linear (TV) and non-linear (digital platforms) documentaries closes its 2015 edition in La Rochelle (France), we caught up with Charlie Phillips, the new Head of Documentaries at Guardian News & Media. Phillips was in La Rochelle to meet filmmakers, potential co-producers and share tips on the particularity of digital distribution. A topic the TV world has become passionate about.
As newspapers transition from print-first publications to multimedia news organisations that publish their content on several platforms, the need for reliable cross-media audience measurement is becoming ever more urgent.
Inspired by a community news project and desire to turn the Harry Potter ‘Daily Prophet’ newspaper into a reality, a collaboration between local communities, academic partners and a conductive print company created and developed newsprint prototypes. The results might just give print a new lease on life writes Rebecca Jayne Pattison.
There’s significant momentum for publishers toward increasing the production of video content, on account of both the strength of video as a medium for storytelling and high video CPMs as advertisers begin to move their TV spends online. An increase in video content across the board, of course, means that it’s all the more important that we have a sense of which parts of our audience we can hope to reach with video. Josh Schwartz, chief data scientist at Chartbeat looks at the state of online audiences and their consumption of video.
Don Podesta, manager and editor at the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) believes that governments are increasingly using soft censorship, and evermore sophisticated economic pressures and forms of intimidation, to silence critical reporting and reward positive coverage. He spoke to Mariona Sanz about some of his concerns regarding the development of one of the least acknowledged, but arguably most pernicious forms of modern censorship.
There is a growing movement to combine two seemingly incompatible industries: gaming and the news. The gamification of news - where video game technology and practises are used in conjunction with traditional journalism methods - is the first trend identified in our 2015 Trends in Newsrooms report. Angelique Lu tells why news games are attracting worldwide interest.
Last week the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found an Estonian news portal, Delfi, liable for comments posted by users on its online site. Editors Weblog spoke to Professor Dirk Voorhoof about the judgement and its implications for publishers.
The biggest consideration in print media right now is still how to make digital work for publications. Lisa MacLeod successfully took the Financial Times through this process. She speaks to Peta Krost Maunder about the little steps towards successful integration.
In a final judgement likely to influence the way publishers view and manage online comments, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the case of Delfi AS v. Estonia, on Tuesday 16th June, that the Estonian online news portal was liable for defamatory online comments made by users.
Q&A: Alan Rusbridger on the challenges of investigative journalism and protecting confidential sources after Snowden
Alan Rusbridger has just stepped down as editor-in-chief of The Guardian after 20 years at the helm and a record of extraordinary editorial leadership that peaked with the seismic Snowden revelations. Earlier this year, as the search for his replacement was underway in earnest, I interviewed Rusbridger in London . We spoke about an issue critical to the survival of investigative journalism – and one closely tied to his professional legacy – the need to protect confidential sources in the digital age. During the interview, Rusbridger highlighted the mounting costs of secure reporting in the post-Snowden era.