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Ta-Nehisi Coates on Storytelling, Challenging Obama, and the Kaepernick Situation

HBO and <i>The Ringer</i>’s Bill Simmons is joined by one of the most influential authors of the 21st century, Ta-Nehisi Coates, to discuss the importance of …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Society | Council on Foreign Relations

THOMPSON: All right. Hello, everybody. Welcome to the closing session of the Council on Foreign Relations 22nd Annual Term Member Conference with Ray …

Singularity

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Society | Council on Foreign Relations

THOMPSON: All right. Hello, everybody. Welcome to the closing session of the Council on Foreign Relations 22nd Annual Term Member Conference with Ray …

Singularity

The people who read to Cuban cigar-factory workers

EVERY morning at 8:30 Gricel Valdés-Lombillo mounts a platform at the H. Upmann cigar factory and starts the first of her 30-minute shifts reading to …

Cuba

True digital transformation requires a customer-first perspective

Over the past 20 years, the “digital transformation” of the publishing industry has been—for the most part—a slow, incremental process. For too long, …

Digital Transformation

Academic journal publishing is headed for a day of reckoning

Imagine a researcher working under deadline on a funding proposal for a new project. This is the day she’s dedicated to literature review – pulling …

Research

8 strategies for saving local newsrooms

Since 2000, nearly half of newsroom jobs—more than 20,000 of them—have disappeared. Revenues have plummeted by almost $20 billion. Titles continue to …

Journalism

You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think

I want to tell you straight off what this story is about: Sometime in the next 40 years, robots are going to take your job.I don’t care what your job …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon could be responsible for nearly half of U.S. e-commerce sales in 2017

The online retail space gets scarier and scarier for everyone that isn’t Amazon.<p>For online retailers, Amazon is becoming even more daunting.<p>Amazon will own a bigger piece of e-commerce sales this year owning about 44 cents out of every e-commerce dollar spent in the U.S., up from 38 cents the …

eCommerce

'Red' Alert: The Washington Post's Surprising Ad-Tech Skunkworks

Credit: Illustration by Nicholas Little<p>When BuzzFeed announced with fanfare last week that it is coming out with two bold new ad products that, in …

Digital Media

An unlikely triumph

In its first century the American higher-education system was a messy, disorganised joke. How did it rise to world dominance?<i>By David Labaree</i>Read at …

Education

One month in, The Atlantic’s membership program is in ‘the thousands’

Many publishers are still learning what readers will pay for as they try to raise more revenue from the consumer side. A month after The Atlantic …

Digital Media

Many newsrooms around the world are lagging when it comes to new tech and a digital-first mindset

How far along are newsrooms when it comes to training their reporters to navigate a news ecosystem where people are accessing content via a wide variety of new channels? And how far along are organizations when it comes to truly thinking digital-first?<p>The answers to those questions are a little …

Journalism

Blockchains: How They Work and Why They’ll Change the World

The technology behind Bitcoin could touch every transaction you ever make Photo: The Vorhes Photo: The VoorhesJump to Sections in this Feature • How Do …

Bitcoin

Despite censorship, China has some cool bookshops

IN AN underground railway station below the main public library in Shanghai is a spacious bookshop called Jifeng. It is one of the city’s most …

China

How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent

<b>To adapt to changing student needs, some school libraries are reinventing themselves as makerspaces, but this Ohio library took a slightly different</b> …

Education

What is the biggest challenge in university-press publishing?

Publishing

Academic Publishing in China 2017: The Academic Book Market in China

Prior to 2009, academic monographs were not even listed in the catalogue of the China Book International Project, which provides financial support to …

Publishing

Washington Post digital subscriptions soar past 1 million mark

The Washington Post is marking a milestone in its transition from being a local print newspaper to a national news website.<p>"Earlier this year, we crossed the 1 million mark for paid digital-only subscribers," the Post's publisher Fred Ryan revealed in an internal memo on Tuesday.<p>The news stood out …

Digital Media

Computer-game tournaments go mainstream

FIREWORKS detonated, smoke wafted over the stage and confetti began to fall. Seventeen thousand fans cheered the European players of Team Liquid, …

Economics

The state of news subscription bundles, in 5 charts

With ad-supported digital media companies in choppy waters, more publishers are trying paid subscription models. On Tuesday, Chartbeat founder Tony …

Digital Media

Honolulu Civil Beat wants to use its bot to deepen ties with readers (and find some new stories, too)

Bots on Facebook Messenger have been, at best, a mixed bag so far. When Facebook opened up Messenger to brands last April, the immediate — and unsurprising — reaction among publishers was to see the chat app as yet another distribution channel. The early “bot” experiments from CNN, Mic, and others …

At Pune lit fest, publishers say Amazon, ebooks wiping out bookstore chains

Shifting Paradigms in Publishing, a panel discussion organised as a part of the ongoing Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) at Yashada, …

How The Economist turned circulation into its most profitable revenue line

While many publications are seeing a decline in subscriber numbers, The Economist has turned its circulation revenue into the most profitable part of …

Draft framework for first 100days planning

New CEO's are frequently asked to provide a 100 day plan during an interview process. This is one example as to how I have approached this task. Read my blog post at Personanondata.com

Truly digital books require truly digital thinking

Nowadays, incredibly sophisticated digital technology permeates almost every area of our lives, from the way we listen to music to the way we hire a …

It’s not the End of Retail, It’s the End of Retail As We Know It

Retail, like every industry, faces digital Darwinism as technology and markets evolve and disrupt. This isn’t new. But what is clear, executives are …

Customer Experience

Turnaround artists: How companies can catch up to the digital revolution

Latecomers can succeed at digitization if they take these five steps.<p><b>As Michael Busch,</b> the CEO of German bookseller Thalia, looked across the …

How Gannett is growing its events business

To grow its events business, Gannett is thinking nationally and acting locally.<p>After years of letting its individual newspapers handle events on …

Advertising Industry