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Sat - 25.11.2017


September 2011

The worlds of journalism and Web technology come together as the Knight Foundation and Mozilla team up for the Knight Mozilla News Technology Partnership -- otherwise known as "MoJo."

According to Knight Foundation journalism program associate Jose Zamora, the project's goal is to expand the field of media innovation by building a bridge between the news and technology communities. "We have been looking for things we have not imagined, things that are Web native, not merely journalistic ideas that are on the Web," he said.

Continue reading on Editor & Publisher

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-29 10:15

What looks like a dark cloud hanging over newspaper financials might actually be the shadow of the tablet market -- a towering giant just a few moons from waking up, pounding down The Fourth Estate's door of opportunity and offering to share a $278.9 billion payload.

According to Forrester Research, the U.S. tablet market is about to explode, and 82 million Americans -- one third of the online population -- are projected to own one of the devices by 2015.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-29 09:52

The Guardian and Independent are two of the first news sites to build a new breed of Facebook apps, which were unveiled at the f8 conference yesterday (Thursday, 22 September).

Here is director of Facebook's platform partnerships Christian Hernandez explaining how the apps and the new 'recommend bar' work.

Continue reading on journalism.co.uk

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-28 09:43

BOSTON -- At the Online News Association Saturday morning, Brian Hamman and Tyson Evans of The New York Times and Patrick Stiegman of ESPN hosted a session about how to dominate the "second screen" experience (you can follow the discussion from conference attendees here).

The second screen is literally what it sounds like -- the screen readers look at in addition to the TV. This could be an iPad, a laptop or a phone.

Continue reading on 10,000 Words

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-28 09:21

Social networking has become the 800-pound gorilla of the Internet. That's what Nielsen is trumpeting in a new report. And news, it says, is a tiny mouse.

Or is it?

Nielsen's Social Media Report says news accounts for just 2.6% of Internet use compared to 22.5% for social networking and blogs. But that news number doesn't hold up under examination.

Continue reading on Street Fight

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-27 09:19

by Yaron Galai

A few months ago I tweeted this: "If I were a publisher I would either: a) pull my app from the App Store or b) invest all available cash in Apple stock." The latter piece of advice was probably pretty solid, if not very practical -- Apple's stock has been performing like no other in recent history. But my former piece of advice for publishers - to pull their apps from the App Store - doesn't seem to have resonated much, as many publishers keep pushing out their respective iPhone and iPad apps.

Continue reading on GigaOm

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-27 09:06

by Frédéric Filloux

Do encapsulated digital editions make sense? Is the notion of having a "news container", similar to a newspaper or magazine, a relic of the past or is it still associated with quality journalism? In an era of instant information, is it worth proposing a self-contained, stop-motion shot of the news cycle?

For some, the reflexive answer involves market research, readers samplings and the like. I don't think so. I'd rather abide by one of Steve Jobs' sayings:

Continue reading on Monday Note

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-26 09:50

It's news. It's video. It's a streaming tablet product that's this week's #1 free news app in Apple's App Store.

And it's The Wall Street Journal -- founded in 1889.

WSJ Live, launched last week, is a milestone product. It's not Fox News. It's not CNN. It's not New York Times news video. WSJ Live is its own thing, and a model for the news industry.

Continue reading on Nieman Journalism Lab

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-26 09:39

Today, the rise of tablets and apps is changing how we gather and consume content. A couple of apps have grabbed the headlines in recent months. Flipboard has closed over $60 million in funding and has a $200 million valuation. More recently, Zite was snapped up by CNN. Even Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is jumping on this bandwagon, based on reports of Google Propeller designed so Android and iOS users can curate content.

Continue reading on paidContent.org

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-23 10:58

News organizations whose mobile apps only provide users with their articles or videos are missing a big opportunity.

An application, by definition, should be applied to perform a task, to solve a problem. Most news doesn't do that.

Rather than just feed readers recent stories you wrote about their problems, apps can provide tools and data that enable users to actually solve their problems. When you solve problems, you get more loyal users and a chance to make more money. Here's how.

Continue reading on Poynter

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-23 10:50

by Andrew Keen

It's Stream time again. Last year, when I interviewed Sir Martin Sorrell, the co-founder and CEO of WPP at the company's annual Stream unconference in Athens, Sir Martin argued that "free=fail." And this year, Sorrell, who presides over the world's largest advertising company, a global leviathan with 153,000 people working in 2,400 offices in 107 countries, was equally scathing in his attack on free online content.

Continue reading on TechCrunch

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-22 10:57

Pundits have been quick to predict the demise of daily deals following the recent news that Facebook and Yelp have scaled back their entries into the market, and that Groupon has delayed its IPO. Rather than buy into this hype, local media need to view this moment as an opportunity to double down and consolidate their positions to capitalize on this important new revenue stream.

While the deals industry is clearly going through a shakeout, revenue around deals is still growing at an impressive pace.

Continue reading on Street Fight

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-22 10:50

One of the most important lessons from the Suburban Newspapers of America's "innovation mission" was that papers' need to make an intense commitment to digital training. Such training, said Jon Rust, co-president of Rust Communications, needs to be "built into the very fiber of the organization."

Legacy reps can and should sell digital products. Digital-only staff is necessary for certain products. Newspaper companies should create new businesses rather than trying to innovate their old ones.

Continue reading on NetNewsCheck

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-21 10:06

Is Facebook a friend of news companies, or is it a rival? No matter how much success publishers have piggybacking off its traffic, they can't escape the cruel math: The more of their time consumers spend on Facebook and other social networking hubs, the less they have left over for news sites.

Continue reading on Forbes

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-21 09:42

Book publishers are surrounded by hungry new competitors: Amazon, with its steadily growing imprints; authors who publish their own e-books; online start-ups like The Atavist and Byliner.

Now they have to contend with another group elbowing into their territory: news organizations.

Swiftly and at little cost, newspapers, magazines and sites like The Huffington Post are hunting for revenue by publishing their own version of e-books, either using brand-new content or repurposing material that they may have given away free in the past.

Continue reading in The New York Times

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-20 11:23

by Jim Chisholm

Despite the predictions of doom-mongers, at every point of media evolution, newspapers have continued to respond - eventually - to each new challenge, while having navigated the roller coaster of the economic cycles. I might say that of the last 30 years, which have been my experience, but in truth the reflective ups and downs have been going on since the last "Great Crash".

I wrote a while back that we were likely to see a "double dip" in the economy, and it looks like a second slide is upon us.

Continue reading on InPublishing

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-20 11:13

Flipboard, a startup that has created a way to optimize online content for the iPad, has gotten a lot of attention since its debut last year. That's thanks to its promise to media companies of a potential way to create apps and new ways to display content online that are much more like magazines-and, not least, a way to do brand advertising in a better way than today's display ads on the Web. It has also been controversial, since in many cases, it's reformatting content and often stripping out ads in the process.

Continue reading on Forbes

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-19 10:50

At Northwestern University, out of a place bearing the name Intelligent Information Laboratory, rises the invisible hand of Stats Monkey, a software program capable, its creators say, of drafting dozens of news items in impeccable English within seconds. If it seems smarter than journalists perhaps this is because so far its stories have been limited to baseball, a sport in which statistics dominate. Number crunching is, after all, a mechanical task.

Continue reading on Nieman Reports

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-19 10:36

Regional newspaper publishers are blithely shovelling their expensive content to mobile channels with no hint of a business model, according to new research.

Publications in 66 UK cities have mostly abandoned experiments with chargeable SMS delivery and have instead created free mobile websites.

But, out of the 23 papers with mobile sites, only three sell display advertising against their pages, according to a paper presented by researchers Francois Nel and Oscar Westlund to Cardiff University's Future Of Journalism conference.

Continue reading on paidContent.org

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-16 09:54

As reported in a number of places, Walmart has acquired OneRiot: a startup that originally tried to do social search before pivoting to focus on social advertising. OneRiot joins a unit called Walmart Labs, which the giant retailer created earlier this year with the acquisition of a company called Kosmix. Why should media companies (or anyone else, for that matter) find this interesting?

Because what drove Walmart to make these acquisitions and create Walmart Labs is the same thing that plenty of other companies, and particularly media entities, should be interested in: making sense of all the data coming in from users on social networks and their sharing activity.

Continue reading on GigaOM

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-16 09:45

What does content mean for online retailers, and how can publishers successfully work commerce into their websites? Those were the questions discussed at a Financial Times panel in NYC last night. "There are lots of things that merge between media businesses and 2.0 commerce," said Susan Lyne, chairman of Gilt Groupe. "We're all competition for each other in that we've got limited time to spend on something besides work and family."

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-14 09:44

by Judy Muller

We've been hearing a lot of depressing news in recent years about the dire financial prospects for big daily newspapers, including the one you're now holding. Or watching. Or, in the argot of the digital age, "experiencing."

But at the risk of sounding like I'm whistling past the graveyard, I'd like to point out that there are thousands of newspapers that are not just surviving but thriving.

Continue reading in The Los Angeles Times

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-14 09:29

by David Carr

Earlier this year, I wrote a column about the publishing industry's resistance to the terms Apple was imposing for subscriptions on the iPad. Soon after, an e-mail was followed by a phone call and Steve Jobs was on the line to straighten me out.

At the time, publishers were profoundly unhappy. Apple was not only proposing to take a third of the revenues, but it was also requiring that the transaction go through Apple, meaning publishers would get none of the consumer data that had such high value to advertisers.

Continue reading in The New York Times

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-01 09:35

News sites have launched a variety of different online paywall models this year, some with more success than others. There's no one way that works for every local market, but a few best practices are emerging for any news publisher to consider before charging for digital content.

In the last month, we've looked at how traffic was affected by paywalls that were launched this year, and we've also talked to several publishers that put up paywalls, including a few that managed to avoid major traffic damage and even improve revenue.

Continue reading on eMedia Vitals

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-09-01 09:19


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