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  • Video is the crowd puller of the future

    Video is the crowd puller of the future

    Report by: Tim Dawson Staci Perry – a knitting instructor from Austin, Texas – might not sound like the most typical new media entrepreneur.  But she has used her instructional videos on YouTube to attract 10,000 subscribers, who have viewed her content more than three million times.  Not only that, but the videos act as […]

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  • Readers will pay for quality journalism, insists editor of new longform site

    Readers will pay for quality journalism, insists editor of new longform site

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Launched barely a month ago, the new longform website beststory.ca is nothing if not journalistically ambitious. According to its founder, Warren Perley, the Montreal-based site is unique as a platform for quality, exclusive stories offered to readers on a pay-as-you-go basis. The site carries no advertising, neither does it follow a […]

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  • The places that the tablets can’t reach

    The places that the tablets can’t reach

    Rupert Murdoch’s reputation as a media visionary might have taken a battering in recent months.  His famed enthusiasm for iPads as a news deliver device, however, is beginning to look as if it might yet prove to be as shrewd as his gamble as the one that he made on subscription tv two decades ago. […]

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  • Narrative Science and the rise of the robot-writer

    Narrative Science and the rise of the robot-writer

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. The prospect of machines taking over the world, either as our servants or our masters, has long fascinated, appearing in sci-fi novels and books for at least half a century. But while intelligent robots capable of household management may yet be some way off, a new breed of automated authors, revolutionising […]

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  • Student newspaper iPad edition blazes a trail

    Student newspaper iPad edition blazes a trail

    As many publications struggle to adapt their offer for the download era, students in Yorkshire have provided an object lesson in creating digital product.  Leeds Student, the award-winning weekly tabloid serving Leeds University, has become the first student newspaper with an iPad edition. The weekly download comes out a couple of days after each Friday’s […]

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  • Brave New Digital World – review of Turing’s Cathedral

    Brave New Digital World – review of Turing’s Cathedral

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson As other reviewers have pointed out, Turing’s Cathedral, the book which documents the fulfillment of Alan Turing’s vision of a ‘universal machine’ capable of thought, is a sprawling entity, full of detail and digression that frequently threaten its coherence. Part […]

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  • Journalists nail down new income stream

    Journalists nail down new income stream

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. A growing number of journalists are bucking the downturn in the media by taking up work in the beauty sector, New Model Journalism has learnt. A sample survey conducted by the site suggests that up to 7.8 per cent of journalists are tapping into the boom in the nail bars. Nail […]

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  • Paywalls proliferate, despite their detractors

    Paywalls proliferate, despite their detractors

    Comment by Tim Dawson A string of positive recent headlines suggest that paywalls will be with us for some time to come, however regressive some consider them.  The New York Times a few days ago announced that it has 455,000 paying online news users – and reduced the amount of free content available on its […]

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  • From newsroom to blogosphere – the sexism goes on

    From newsroom to blogosphere – the sexism goes on

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Where are all the women? That was the question behind an NUJ fringe meeting at last week’s TUC women’s conference. A wide range of women gathered from all sections of the media. Shadow media minister Helen Goodman, citing the coalition government’s plans to relieve Ofcom of the duty to promote equal […]

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  • Cultural inertia threatens newspaper revenues

    Cultural inertia threatens newspaper revenues

    New research from the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism lays bare the struggle being endured by existing print media and it tries to reposition its business for a digital age.  On the promise on anonymity, Pew researchers persuaded 38 newspapers (mostly in the US), from six different companies, to share a significant body of […]

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