What I’ve been reading: Micro payments, chat apps and clickbait

Can the web save the press from oblivion? 

” The idea of micro-payments for journalism has been mooted for as long as digital media has existed, and largely rejected as unworkable or unacceptable to the new generation of readers. In response to the emerging mobile landscape, however, a few innovators are exploring whether the concept can be revived. As a journalist, it can be tempting to see them as the cavalry.”

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What I’ve been reading: Ad-blocking, the growth of off-platform models and branded podcasts

As Print Fades, Part 1: ‘Live Journalism’ at The Times (New York Times)

“What occurs on a New York Times stage is as much a part of our report as interviews conducted over the telephone or photographs made at a news scene. When something newsworthy occurs on an NYT stage, we’ll share it with our readers.”

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What I’ve been reading: The NY Times Report, Reddit ideas and Economist audio

Like just about everyone in media I suppose, I have spent the past couple of weeks engrossed in developments across the pond at the New York Times – specifically the dramatic executive moves and the subsequent (or consequent?) leaking of the Times’ Digital Innovation Report.

There have been dozens of worthy pieces commenting on what it all means, but I’m reposting here links to just a couple of key ones.

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age » Nieman Journalism Lab

“The big question: How can the Times become more digital while still maintaining a print presence, and what has to change? “That means aggressively questioning many of our print-based traditions and their demands on our time, and determining which can be abandoned to free up resources for digital work.”

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The need for speed: Is fast and furious still a winning formula for newsrooms?

Being first is one of those immutable principles of journalism. And as technology has chipped away at, and then smashed the traditional media’s monopoly of the means of distribution, journalists have had to go from not merely being first, but also fast. Not just faster than the next newspaper, but faster than everyone.

Or do they?


Jelly journalism: Some thoughts on Biz Stone’s new answers app

I guess Jelly’s appeal among journalists might be that it asks questions and that’s what journalists do – ask questions. So it seems reasonable to ask, what can Jelly do for journalists?

Asking a question on Jelly

Asking a question on Jelly

If you haven’t already discovered it, Jelly is the newish question-and-answer app launched by Twitter founder Biz Stone at the beginning of the year.

Where Twitter used to ask “What are you doing?” and Facebook (still) asks “What’s on your mind?”, Jelly asks “What is this?” by allowing users to photograph an object or upload a picture, annotate it with a finger-scribble if necessary, and send it out with a question to their extended networks.

It’s not the first service of its kind – the closest thing to it of any scale I imagine is Quora. While both services allow users to crowdsource answers and both ride on the back of users’ existing social networks, Jelly has a few important features that set it apart: