From the Editors Weblog
Publishers around the world are launching new product formats to feed their audiences' growing demand for mobile, video and innovative ad solutions. Joon-Nie Lau followed the presentation of case studies from Malaysia, South Korea and the USA at last autumn's Digital Media Asia conference in Singapore.
Many reports have been written about the deteriorating state of freedom of expression around the world, but very few capture the mind-boggling diversity of ways that journalists and news organisations have been attacked, harassed, intimidated or shut down quite the way CPJ's new report Attacks on the Press does, writes Javier Garza Ramos, safety advisor to the World Editors Forum.
“We're not expecting 16-year-olds to use their pocket money to take out an Economist subscription. That's not what we're going for. But it is about getting them into the ecosystem and showing them the depth and the breadth and the diversity of what we do,” James Waddell of The Economist told participants at WAN-IFRA's Digital Media Europe conference on Monday in Copenhagen.
There can be few festivals on the planet quite like the Perugia International Journalism Festival. It’s one of those rare industry events that successfully crosses over into being something, somehow, for everybody. It’s a real festival of the mind, full of fascinating insights that seem as though they’d be edifying to anyone with even a passing interest in how we communicate.
Scandinavian powerhouse Schibsted has never shied away from spinning out one of its disruptive digital operations from its own legacy brands to actually compete with them. Its Norwegian tabloid daily Verdens Gang (VG) first did this with its website (VG.no) and then with mobile. And since 2014, VG has been doing the same with its video division, VGTV.
Given the enormous impact the distribution of fake news on Facebook and Google is having on society, one would think the tech giants would take the matter seriously, writes Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief at INM. Yet, it appears their interest lies in monetising rather than monitoring the phenomenon.
Three leading media organisations in Europe have joined forces in a bid to bring trustworthy information to migrants and refugees, and dispel rumours and false reports spread by human traffickers.
"For the first time in nearly three decades in the media business, I am in a position to not have to make sub-optimal decisions around managing/maintaining legacy platforms even as we tried to grow digital presence and scale," says Gizmodo Media Group CEO Raju Narisetti when asked about differences between his current job and his previous ones.
Matching a brand’s expertise with a publisher’s storytelling skills and distribution resources has turned out to be a success. Content marketing fulfills publishers’ needs for new business models and is all about leveraging competitive advantages, says this guest poster from Schibsted.
"In this new, socially distributed media world, everything depends on the quality of your content," says Peder Bonnier, CEO and co-founder of the Bonnier Group-backed Swedish startup, KIT. "If you manage to create the right content, your distribution will be extremely easy and effective, and your following will grow rapidly."
A new report explores the massive impact the rise of tech giants and platforms has had on journalism.
In this time of populism and identity politics, there is an ongoing erosion of the confidence placed in essential democratic institutions. Formerly cemented conceptions about democracy and the role of journalism as its watchdog are today being contested. Can democracy and ethical journalism survive in a post-truth era?
Google's News Lab is working very closely on Daydream with the Guardian. We got an invite to Google HQ in London for a sneak peek at new projects.
There is widespread discomfort in media circles over the catch-all term 'fake news', particularly when used to insult and provoke journalists and news organisations. So it was refreshing to hear Philip Howard, Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford Internet Institute label the misinformation as “Junk”.