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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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Digital Ad Revenue Hits $23 Billion In First Half Of 2014

Digital Ad Revenue Hits $23 Billion In First Half Of 2014 | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Internet ad revenue rose 15% to $23.1 billion during the first six months in 2014, compared with the same time period in 2013, per an IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report.

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Is this overall growth or just moving from "traditional" to digital?

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In the fight against clickbait, Chartbeat pursues attention metric

In the fight against clickbait, Chartbeat pursues attention metric | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Chartbeat, a web analytics company that serves online publishers, believes it has a better way to measure readers's attention. Can you accurately measure how long the actual amount of attention you’re able to capture and then value it?

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This is really needed for all who seek to tell stories with the goal of engaging an audience. 

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One secret to the success of Quartz, BuzzFeed and Gawker: They look at news as a service

One secret to the success of Quartz, BuzzFeed and Gawker: They look at news as a service | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Most traditional media outlets are used to thinking of journalism or news as something they create and then distribute to a waiting audience — but seeing it as a product or service instead can change the way you think about your job in some fundamental ways.

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Thinking about news or journalism as a service or product, however — especially a digital one — changes the way you think about your job.

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Making the headlines

Making the headlines | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Increasingly think-tanks are doing journalism—not just blogging and tweeting but foreign reporting, too. Deskbound journalists, meanwhile, are embracing data and spreadsheets.

 
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Think-tanks are in journalism more to promote ideas than to inform the public or expose wrongdoing. Much of what they publish is about policy.

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Who Knew We Were Living in the Golden Age of Investigative Journalism?

Who Knew We Were Living in the Golden Age of Investigative Journalism? | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Yet, as a reader, I notice something else: I can’t even hope to read every eye-catching article that flashes by on my Twitter feed or piles up in my inbox from one listserve or another. I end up with 25 open windows in my taskbar -- top-quality journalism from legacy media outlets and new digital magazines that I hope I might be able to skim later that day or the next or sometime before my laptop slows to a crawl under the weight of so much groundbreaking reporting.

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Three books that are more optimistic about the age of information we live in. 

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Legacy Media: The Lost Decade In Six Charts

Legacy Media: The Lost Decade In Six Charts | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Legacy media is at great risk of losing against tech culture. This is because incumbents miss a key driver: an obsession with their own mortality. Such missing paranoia gene negatively impacts every aspect of their business. 

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Sorry, everyone: The future of journalism is still up in the air

Sorry, everyone: The future of journalism is still up in the air | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Certainly, if you are a reader, you already are flourishing in a golden age, with access to more content of all kinds than you can possibly consume.

But a golden age for readers doesn't necessarily translate into a golden age for writers or publishers.

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Should we be worried about the creators or about the creations?

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Majority Of Digital Media Consumption Now Takes Place In Mobile Apps

Majority Of Digital Media Consumption Now Takes Place In Mobile Apps | Future of Information | Scoop.it
U.S. users are now spending the majority of their time consuming digital media within mobile applications, according to a new study released by comScore this..
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Media outlets -- and brands -- are slow to adapt to this. Remarkable how many sites aren't mobile enabled. 

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The newest important person in newsrooms: audience-development czars

As traditional media outlets play catch-up in audience development in the digital realm, other news outlets already have their own dedicated executives.

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SIGN ME UP: The role of the audience-development executive has evolved with the rise of social. Once a job that focused on teaching (sometimes reluctant) reporters and editors SEO strategies, it now requires staying abreast of a constantly changing field of social media platforms, apps, tending to comment sections and looking for outside distribution partners as well.

 
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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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If you want find out if a media company is doomed, look at its ambitions

If you want find out if a media company is doomed, look at its ambitions | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Taking bold strategic risks and making acquisitions may indicate a management who see the writing on the wall

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Many media company leaders are making risky or improbably moves because they know their current businesses are doomed. 

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How publishers should build credibility through transparency

How publishers should build credibility through transparency | Future of Information | Scoop.it

As so much in the world of news and information changes, the fundamental bond of trust between journalists and the communities they serve is one of the few things that doesn't. In fact, its importance has grown.

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Transparency has emerged as one of the most-discussed and evangelized aspects of practicing ethical journalism in the networked age.

 
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HARVEST OF CHANGE: Virtual reality project is a journalism first

HARVEST OF CHANGE: Virtual reality project is a journalism first | Future of Information | Scoop.it
In a first-of-its-kind journalism project, The Des Moines Register and Gannett Digital have partnered to tell the story of an Iowa farm family using
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Cool concept. 

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Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low

Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Americans' trust in mass media slid this year, tying the previous record low of 40% that it reached in 2012. Trust in the media has suffered in election years over the past decade.
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As the media expand into new domains of news reporting via social media networks and new mobile technology, Americans may be growing disenchanted with what they consider "mainstream" news as they seek out their own personal veins of getting information. 

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We can’t let tech giants, like Facebook and Twitter, control our news values

We can’t let tech giants, like Facebook and Twitter, control our news values | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Emily Bell: Accountability must become part of Silicon Valley’s culture and we can’t leave editorial processes down to algorithms.

News is now not just outside newspapers, it is outside newsrooms.

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The paradigm of “objectivity” is as absurd a concept in software platforms as it was in 20th-century newspapers.

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Journalism is doing just fine, thanks -- it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Journalism is doing just fine, thanks -- it's mass-media business models that are ailing | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Some argue that the rise of the internet has destroyed — or severely crippled — journalism, but all it has really done is disrupted traditional mass-media business models. Journalism itself has never been healthier, and new players are finding new models
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Again its platform building vs. content creation. 

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Promiscuous media: News needs to go where the people are, not the other way around

Promiscuous media: News needs to go where the people are, not the other way around | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Media companies like BuzzFeed, NowThis News and Fusion are increasingly creating content that is designed to live on other apps and services rather than just including links to their websites. This promiscuous approach to media is a smart strategy in an increasingly crowded environment
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This unbundling of information from the delivery or distribution platform has been a challenge for the traditional media companies that have focused on building their platforms. 

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Last Call

Last Call | Future of Information | Scoop.it
The end of the printed newspaper.
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The won't vanish, but they will be come luxury items. 

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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.

David Patton's insight:

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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