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Frédéric Filloux: Traditional media needs to embrace the traffic-building arsenal if it is to survive online...

 

This is a story of pride v geekiness: traditional newspapers that move online are about to lose the war against pure players and aggregators. Armed with the conviction their intellectual superiority makes them immune to digital modernity, newspapers neglected today's internet driving forces: relying on technology to build audiences and the ability to coalesce a community over any range of subjects – even the most mundane ones.

 

When I discuss this with seasoned newsroom people on both sides of the Atlantic, most still firmly believe the quality of their work guarantees their survival against a techno-centric approach to digital contents.

 

I'm afraid they are wrong. Lethally so....