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By Michael Cairns | A weekly magazine for media and publishing buffs.

A Civil primer: The benefits, and pitfalls, of a new media ecosystem

<b>Imagine that the media</b> ecosystem as we know it has ceased to exist. There are still journalists and readers, but all the traditional distribution …

Blockchain

How the global music copyright business grew by $1.5bn in 2016 (and why that’s amazing news today)

Spotify's Director Of Economics, Will Page, explains how the music industry's size is acceleratingThe post How the global music copyright business …

Music Industry

Britannica CEO Talks Google, Wikipedia and What Lil Pump Can Teach Us About Credibility

There was a time not long ago when people claimed to trust Google news results and Wikipedia articles more than the media outlets they linked to. In …

User Generated Content

The Authors Who Love Amazon

The e-commerce giant has finally made self-publishing lucrative. But does its dominance come at a cost?<p>For most of Prime Day, Amazon’s annual sales bonanza, an unfamiliar face topped the site’s Author Rank page: Mike Omer, a 39-year-old Israeli computer engineer and self-published author whose …

Writing

This school scans classrooms every 30 seconds through facial recognition technology

A high school in China has made a facial recognition technology system that scans the student’s behavior in the classroom.<p>The facial recognition …

12 prototypes, eight weeks, and lots of tapping: What’s worked (and hasn’t) in the BBC’s quest for new storytelling formats

Pardon the irony of reading a more-than-800-word article about finding better story formats than 800-word articles.<p>You see, while this might be a somewhat effective way for us to communicate with you, lovely Nieman Lab readers, it isn’t the most effective for the breadth of the BBC’s audience. …

Prototypes

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We need a new model for tech journalism

<b>A lowly tech employee</b> was trying to do some simple task online and found out it was really hard. Inspired by that difficulty, he—and it was almost …

Journalism

How Wattpad Is Rewriting the Rules of Hollywood

For its 65 million unique monthly visitors, the digital literature website/social networking app Wattpad is a kind of internet safe space. It’s a …

49 Years Ago, Harry Belafonte Hosted the Tonight Show—and It Was Amazing

Television made Donald Trump president. The master of <i>The Apprentice</i> created a character named “Donald Trump”—a tough but fair business genius—and …

Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value?

Companies can determine whether they should invest in blockchain by focusing on specific use cases and their market position.<p><b>Speculation on the value</b> …

Blockchain

Encyclopædia Britannica Wants to Fix False Google Results

In January 2014, Google made a fundamental change to its search product: It started showing answers to user queries directly in so-called snippets, …

Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets

IN THE heyday of the talkie, Louis B. Mayer, head of the biggest studio, was Hollywood’s lion king. In the 1980s, with the studio system on the wane, …

Netflix Isn’t Being Reckless, It’s Just Playing a Game No One Else Dares (Netflix Misunderstandings, Pt. 3)

Even when underestimated, Netflix’s ever-escalating, industry-leading content spend remains a point of fear and fascination in the media industry. …

17 Places Book Lovers Need to Visit

For many book lovers, the most perfect place in the world is a cozy reading nook where no one will talk to them for the next, oh, ten hours. But there are places outside of the home (and beyond the pages) that seem to have been made specifically for the literary minded, including charming …

The shady backstreets of scientific publishing

Ivan Oransky shines light on papers pulled for mistakes, miscalculation, fakery or fraud<p>Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 01:00<p>A tour of the mean streets of science …

Some science journals that claim to peer review papers do not do so

WHETHER to get a promotion or merely a foot in the door, academics have long known that they must publish papers, typically the more the better. …

Instead of abandoning print, the 119-year-old MIT Technology Review is doubling down on it

Some publications are dropping print all together. But MIT Technology Review is doubling down on it.<p>MIT Tech Review recently rebranded its print edition from just a collection of articles, into a product that doesn’t simply republish content that was posted online a month later, but has its own …

'You can't judge a generation's taste': making Now That’s What I Call Music

My first Now was 23. It ran deliriously from Erasure to Abba to Billy Ray Cyrus<p>Pritchard smiles when I ask how Radiohead wound up on a Now. 'People will do things, early on, that you don’t remember later'<p>Only Adele outsells the Nows: how come? 'It’s the car – the last bastion of the CD. People like …

Dua Lipa

Microsoft and EY Launch Blockchain Tool for Copyright

Microsoft announced an ambitious plan on Tuesday to collect royalty payments for authors, software developers, and other creators using blockchain …

American media keeps falling for Russian trolls

Russian trolls posing as an American college student tweeted about divisive social, political and cultural issues using an account that amassed thousands of followers -- and appeared in dozens of news stories published by major media outlets -- as recently as March.<p>More than 50,000 people followed …

Social Media

How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed

Netflix changed the world of entertainment -- first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like …

Facebook tests ‘subscription Groups’ that charge for exclusive content

Facebook is starting to let Group admins charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts. A hand-picked array of parenting, cooking and “organize my home” Groups will be the first to get the chance to spawn a subscription Group open to their members.<p>During …

Goodbye, Denver Post. Hello, Blockchain.

They left The Denver Post amid newsroom layoffs and interference in the editorial process by the newspaper’s hedge-fund owners. And now those reporters and editors are creating their own news outlet, The Colorado Sun.<p>They will be partnering with the Civil Media Company, an ambitious New York …

Journalism

Can Barnes & Noble Survive?

Customer disconnects and failed strategies have turned Barnes & Noble from a retail disruptor into a dinosaur, experts say.

Audio is publishing’s new star as sales soar across genres | UK news | The Guardian

Writers are turning to the spoken word as their preferred medium, encouraged by a boom in audiobook sales that is transforming publishing.<p>This weekend, audio publisher Audible, owned by Amazon, released an audiobook of Andrew Motion reading 30 mostly unpublished poems as part of his memoir <i>Essex …

The economics of artificial intelligence

Rotman School of Management professor Ajay Agrawal explains how AI changes the cost of prediction and what this means for business.<p><b>With so many</b> …

Inside the BBC’s “innovation incubator”

What does a typical day in BBC News Labs look like?<p>We often describe News Labs as the BBC’s “innovation incubator”. It’s a good description of our …

Journalism

Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning

An analysis of more than 400 use cases across 19 industries and nine business functions highlights the broad use and significant economic potential …