Kristine Lowe of the Norwegian Online News Association’s blog, picked up on my earlier post on paywalls. I speak a little Swedish, so I can just about understand a little Norwegian. But only just. So please forgive me if I’ve misunderstood. I’m not saying that the Times’ paywall system is necessarily the best answer. But […]Read more "Paywalls, in Norwegian"
Paywalls. Go on, say it. Let the word roll around your tongue. Pay. Walls. . . . They’re evil, right? Keeping the public out, killing openness, dooming your general-interest online publication to irrelevance. Oh, the New York Times tried it in the 90’s, and they came grovelling back. Any generalist website that goes this way […]Read more "news:rewired – We need to talk about paywalls"
Why do journalists focus on story so much? There are other ways of gaining and transmitting understanding. Stories are necessarily limited. A narrative has to use characters, locations, a clear plot. These are necessarily artificial – an abstraction of reality. What about complex systems? Like climate change. Like the national budget. The arms trade. Or […]Read more "news:rewired"
Every year, the Knight Foundation drops millions of dollars on projects that will change the way the news is made. With that kind of money on the line, competition is fierce. Only 12 projects got a grant, out of 2,400 applicants. They’ve just announced their 2010 crop of winners, and there are a couple of […]Read more "2.74 Million Reasons the News is Changing"
This week, I’ve been helping Watchdog, the BBC’s consumer affairs show, start a Twitter feed. Last night was the first broadcast of the new series. We were tweeting in the lead-up to the show, and during the live broadcast. I even ended up on TV – sitting in the background with a studio laptop, working […]Read more "Bringing BBC Watchdog to Twitter"
What skills will journalists need in 2020? This was one of the questions we discussed on Monday morning at Open ’09. Will journalists need to know how to code HTML? To shoot and edit video for the web? To write stories in 140 characters? The more we talked, the more one simple answer coalesced in […]Read more "Journalists Need Collective Intelligence – OPEN ’09"
I spent a lot of today in Stories From Numbers, a day of talking about data-driven journalism and linked data from the BBC’s Future Now project. It was a dense day full of interesting talks. Here’s one of the highlights. More or Less Richard Vadon, Richard Knight and Olly Hawkins are from the team at […]Read more "Stories From Numbers"
Ever find yourself checking your Facebook feed absent-mindedly, on the off chance that there might be something new and interesting there? Ever follow an eBay auction obsessively, or get a burst of happiness when someone gives you a high seller rating? Ever spend a day in anticipation, wondering how many views your YouTube video will […]Read more "Irresistible Online Journalism in One Diagram"
Six Days in Fallujah, which I wrote about before, is still alive and kicking, despite fierce opposition and lack of a publisher. Its opponents say its very existence as a game belittles the sacrifice of those who died there. Its supporters say it’s an honest record of the battle. It should be published. Then we […]Read more "Six Days in Fallujah and the Dirty ‘G’ Word"
I was just on a panel presentation at Futuresonic’s Social Technology Summit in Manchester. The slides were a bit bare of text and we were short of time, so here’s everything I meant to say. Our panel was tasked with answering the question: “How can companies, creative producers and developers prepare for a digital economy?” […]Read more "Futuresonic 09 – Why we Must use Games for Good"