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Future of Information
Exploring how technology and culture are evolving the way people get information, news and content about the world, and how that is changing media, marketing and journalism.
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Gene Weingarten: When ‘plagiarism’ is merely petty bull-poo

Gene Weingarten: When ‘plagiarism’ is merely petty bull-poo | Future of Information | Scoop.it

There’s a difference between crappy, lazy Internet writing and real plagiarism and I contend that when you start calling the first thing the second thing, you belittle the seriousness of real plagiarism.

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An interesting argument, but I think two things are happening here: 1. It's much easier to automatically detect people reusing or plagiarizing content in the digital space

2. All publishers are hanging on to traditional ways of presenting content. 

In the NYTimes case, if the allegedly copied material was either linked to or quoted or called out as from Wikipedia, this wouldn't be an issue.

Also, we all need to overcome our snobbery over Wikipedia. It's awesome, probably vastly better than the old fashioned encyclopedias that we all relied on so much in the paper age. 

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4 Charts From Forbes That Offer a Peek Into the Future of Journalism

4 Charts From Forbes That Offer a Peek Into the Future of Journalism | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Enter the world of smartphones, with limited “attention real estate” and “dwell time.” Editors, like it or not, must accept that mobile is changing their jobs again. In fact, it may alter the course of journalism like never before

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How long until "mobile users" become just users?

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Restorative Narratives: Defining a new strength-based genre

Restorative Narratives: Defining a new strength-based genre | Future of Information | Scoop.it
  The media has a profound impact on the way we see the world, how we interpret news events, and the way we respond to these events. This is especially true in the wake of natural disasters, shootings, bombings, and ... Read More
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Interesting idea. 

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Hey, Publishers: Stop fooling us, and yourselves

Hey, Publishers: Stop fooling us, and yourselves | Future of Information | Scoop.it

For an industry built on a foundation of truth-telling, the newspaper business sure has trouble telling the truth about itself.

There is no doubt that newspapers accelerated this decline with the astounding, quarterly-returns-driven decimation of their products over the past decade. But to pretend that the profound shift from fiber to cyber is anything short of a revolution in news consumption is a disservice to journalism and to the democracy that depends upon it.

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Agree: Let’s get real. The seven-day-a-week printed newspaper – particularly in metropolitan areas – is terminally ill. Working to sustain it is not only futile, but ultimately destructive to the very values its champions espouse.

 
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Why Online Audiences' Mobile Migration Isn't All Bad News for Blogs

Why Online Audiences' Mobile Migration Isn't All Bad News for Blogs | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger and Medium have seen double-digit declines in U.S. desktop traffic in the past year, per comScore.
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I don't think that the format is changing people's consumption habits, larger technological and cultural evolution is moving people to "snack" more on content. 

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GE becomes legitimate online news publisher

GE becomes legitimate online news publisher | Future of Information | Scoop.it
After a fun stunt with Jimmy Fallon, GE's native advertising is taking a serious turn into news.
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High-minded talk aside, it’s all part of the evolution by brands to change consumer perception without turning them off with traditional ads.

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Americans' Confidence in News Media Remains Low

Americans' Confidence in News Media Remains Low | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Americans have low confidence in three major forms of news media, with TV news receiving the lowest confidence rating, at 18%. Americans' confidence in news from the Internet is at 19%, while 22% express confidence in newspapers.
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Amid rapid change in the media, Americans hold all news media platforms in low confidence

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What if Quality Journalism Isn't?

What if Quality Journalism Isn't? | Future of Information | Scoop.it
By now you have probably already read the leaked Innovation Report from The New York Times. And if you haven't, you should. It provides a great overview of the challenges and thinking that are happening in the industry, not just for The New York Times, but for every newspaper and magazine.
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There is a complete and total blind spot in the newspaper industry that, just maybe,part of the problem is also the journalism itself.

 
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The Anatomy of a Robot Journalist

The Anatomy of a Robot Journalist | Future of Information | Scoop.it

It’s probably safe to say that automated journalism has finally gone mainstream. 

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While some might find this concerning, it's really a different type of visualization of information. 

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The good news is more people are reading the news, the hard part is figuring out how to pay for it

The good news is more people are reading the news, the hard part is figuring out how to pay for it | Future of Information | Scoop.it
A new report from the World Association of Newspapers shows that more people than ever are reading the news, both in print and online — but paying for it is getting harder, as ad revenue continues to fall and digital fails to make up the difference
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This is as much a reflection of the outsized value that marketers and PR put on print vs. the power of print. 

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Time to Rethink the Newspaper. Seriously.

Time to Rethink the Newspaper. Seriously. | Future of Information | Scoop.it

The newspaper’s lingering preeminence keeps pulling legacy media downward. Their inability to challenge the old sovereign’s status precludes every step of a critically needed modernization.

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Are we focusing on the right things? If we assume that print will be mostly a niche, luxury item in 10 years, then how do we organize businesses and the industry for that future, today?

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NYT Innovation Report: Deja Vu All Over Again for Digital News

NYT Innovation Report: Deja Vu All Over Again for Digital News | Future of Information | Scoop.it
The New York Times' innovation report shows that after two decades, newspapers have made less progress in the digital news revolution than many had hoped.
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Everybody, it appears, is grappling with the same problems, even the great and powerful New York Times.

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The homepage is dead, and the social web has won—even at the New York Times

The homepage is dead, and the social web has won—even at the New York Times | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Traffic to the New York Times homepage fell by half in the last two years, according to the newspaper's internal review of its digital strategy. Here's the very stark chart: That's not necessarily a reflection of any problems at the Times but the reality of how news is now distributed on the internet. Homepage traffic is declining at...
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Wow. Just wow. 

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Iceberg rescues Titanic: Content marketer launches fund for investigative journalism

Iceberg rescues Titanic: Content marketer launches fund for investigative journalism | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Contently, a New York-based startup that specializes in content marketing, has launched a non-profit foundation that will use some of the revenue from its marketing business to fund investigative journalism
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This is a reasonable way to expand the amount of investigative journalism.

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New York Times Chief Data Scientist Chris Wiggins On The Way We Create And Consume Content Now

New York Times Chief Data Scientist Chris Wiggins On The Way We Create And Consume Content Now | Future of Information | Scoop.it
"What were aiming to do is try to inform product decisions and marketing decisions, as well as potentially newsroom decisions.
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Right now, many newsrooms are stupid about the way they publish. They’re tied to a legacy model.

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Riding the Juggernaut That Left Print Behind

Riding the Juggernaut That Left Print Behind | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Between the flood of information online and the wall-to-wall television coverage, what is left for print?

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This article is an opinion looking for a problem. Change is coming. Do we lament the end of the outhouse? 

Print will be come a luxury item. 

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The newspaper crisis, by the numbers

The newspaper crisis, by the numbers | Future of Information | Scoop.it

As illustrated in the following roundup of key performance indicators, it is clear that publishers have failed for the better part of a decade to adequately respond to the new ways that consumers get information and that advertisers want to reach them. 

Because it is easy to become inured to the drip, drip, drip of bad news about newspapers, this quick compendium is offered as a reminder that one of our most valuable journalistic institutions is engaged in a grave, ongoing and so far unresolved crisis. Brace yourself. 

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These numbers are not sinking in for the communications folks that continue to rely on newspapers and TV news to reach people. 

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Q&A: Tarleton Gillespie says algorithms may be new, but editorial calculations aren’t

Q&A: Tarleton Gillespie says algorithms may be new, but editorial calculations aren’t | Future of Information | Scoop.it

We’re always navigating information and culture by way of these mechanisms, and every mechanism has a built in notion of what it’s trying to accomplish.

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The reality is we know less and less about how news content makes its way to us — especially as control of those information flows becomes more solidified in the hands of technology companies with little incentive to explain their strategies around content.

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Is time spent a better metric than pageviews? Upworthy says it is, and open-sources its code for attention minutes

Is time spent a better metric than pageviews? Upworthy says it is, and open-sources its code for attention minutes | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Both digital publishers and advertisers are trying to come up with a more accurate way of measuring the value of a reader than just raw pageviews or uniques. Upworthy says its “attention minutes” metric is better, and it has opened up the code for anyone to use
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Good stuff

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Why Audiences Hate Hard News—and Love Pretending Otherwise

Why Audiences Hate Hard News—and Love Pretending Otherwise | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Ask readers what they want, and they'll tell you vegetables. Watch them quietly, and they'll mostly eat candy. 
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Don't blame the messenger!

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The Invention Of News: How The World Came To Know About Itself

The Invention Of News: How The World Came To Know About Itself | Future of Information | Scoop.it

In an in-depth interview, Andrew Pettegree, professor of modern history at the University of St. Andrews and author of the new book, The Invention of News, discusses the origins and evolution of being informed, and what history can teach us about today’s rapidly changing media landscape.

 
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He's not worried about the future of news. 

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Method Journalism

Method Journalism | Future of Information | Scoop.it
2014's most talked-about media startups aren't distinguished by the what, but the how.
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This is right on: None of these sites is focused on a area of coverage. They are, instead, about the method of coverage. 

 
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Facebook's product guy is right, the media sucks -- but journalists are also right: Facebook has to share the blame

Facebook's product guy is right, the media sucks -- but journalists are also right: Facebook has to share the blame | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Facebook’s director of product Mike Hudack posted a rant about the inadequacies of the media — including some new-media sites like Vox — and their focus on click-bait content, but many argued that Facebook itself helps promote that type of content. So who is right?
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Being made at the media and Facebook is like being made at the hammer when you accidentally smash your finger. They are tools that people use.

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What the FCC’s net neutrality ruling means for journalism

Media companies have a huge stake in this battle, too, as once text-based sites become heavier with video and interactive features that suck up more bandwidth, and as a larger percentage of the news audience moves online.

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Don’t think of the debate in today’s terms. Think in terms of what your data flow will look like 5 or 10 years from now with more video and multimedia. That content will continue to multiply as users migrate away from your print or over-the-air offerings.

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

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age | Future of Information | Scoop.it
It's an astonishing look inside the cultural change still needed in the shift to digital — even in one of the world's greatest newsrooms. Read it.
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This is all tied to how they still make their money today, not in the future.

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