Media must be spreadable

I came across this interview on spreadable media with US academic Henry Jenkins on the Nieman Journalism Lab. His thesis is that for things online to thrive, they need to be shared socially: if it doesn’t spread, it’s dead. He defines spreadable media as media that travels across media platfomrs at least in part because Read More

Surfing the endless wave

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting a headache from the pace of change in media…? Touchingly, mobile phones now seem rather mature and traditional in technical terms, even though they are only just reaching the point (25 years old) of being handed down from one generation to the next.  And now they are merely one Read More

Newsweek + thedailybeast.com = Tina Brown’s talent

Newsweek, the ailing US magazine, and thedailybeast.com, Tina Brown’s online newspaper, will be run in tandem. Both are losing money.  A minus plus a minus is an even larger minus. But that is without the plus of Tina Brown’s talent.  The miracles she worked on Vanity Fair and The New Yorker are a big plus Read More

Spinning the royal wedding

It does my heart good to see how media, old and new, have done what all good news organisations should do: worked to come up with fresh angles on a running story. So far, this is my favourite take on the royal wedding. [vodpod id=Video.4964520&w=425&h=350&fv=embedReferer%3D%26amp%3BembedPageUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fcomedy%2Fclips%2Fp00c70wr%2Fspout_royal_engagement_facebook_fail%2F%26amp%3BdomId%3Demp-container-01%26amp%3Bconfig%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fcomedy%2Fforge-assets%2Fextra%2Femp%2Fempconfig.xml%26amp%3Bconfig_settings_skin%3Dblack%26amp%3Bplaylist%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fcomedy%2Fforge-assets%2Fextra%2Fplaylist%2Fp00c70wr.xml%26amp%3Bconfig_settings_bitrateCeiling%3D1000%26amp%3Bconfig_settings_showPopoutButton%3Dfalse%26amp%3Bconfig_settings_showFullScreenButton%3Dtrue%26amp%3Bconfig_settings_showUpdatedInFooter%3Dtrue%26amp%3Bguidance%3Dunknown] BBC – Comedy – Spout – Royal Engagement Faceboo…, posted Read More

“Hold the blog page…!”

Those campaigning folk at StinkyJournalism have just published a neat little study into the editing habits of US newspapers. Specifically, they wanted to know how many of the top ten newspaper websites actually edited their own blog posts. What do you think they found? The answer may surprise you! Have a look and see how many newspaper blogs Read More

Yahoo ups pressure on “professional” content generators

Yahoo has upped the threat to “professional” content generation by launching a UGC service, Yahoo Contributor Network.  It wants its 400,000 contributors to generate content for its news, sports and finance pages. Cloudsourcing This idea is called “cloudsourcing”, a term now added to the lexicon of online life.  The idea is to use the cloud Read More

In pursuit of ‘appiness

 Once again, we’re falling into that peculiarly human flytrap known as technology… Just because we can do it doesn’t mean anyone will actually want to do it…. I’m thinking of things like the red button on digital TV (except for Wimbledon on the BBC of course), the option to surf the net while you watch TV, or Read More

Libel rule 1: know who sues

The first rule of libel is to know who sues.  You can add another name to the long list: the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, ex-Manchester United and Portuguese International. He has this week won undisclosed libel damages, and presumably costs, against the Daily Telegraph.  It said on paper and online in July 2008 that he was Read More