Archive - Journalism

What’s the end game in the world of Google AMP?

December 03 Comments Off on What’s the end game in the world of Google AMP? Category: Feed, Fight With Tools, Journalism

Facebook Instant Articles, Google AMP.

It’s all just one long push to the bottom until publishers are few and weak enough that either Google or Facebook get to fully dictate terms. Unless you’re BuzzFeed, where your business model is totally ad free, I don’t understand why anyone signs on for either service. Sure, if you’re large enough you get to grind your enemies into dust by taking losses to force them off the board… but the losses you have to take yourself to do so are going to be way too high to really recover from.

It’s the Uber model: drive profit below costs (into losses) long enough to eliminate competition and hope that there’s enough of your own savings left to recover once you have a monopoly. It’s crazy. Uber only pulls it off because they have endless VC pouring in. Even then there’s going to come a point where they just collapse, because at the end of the game you really can’t control the whole market forever.

This strategy only makes sense if you are too ill-informed to know what you’re getting into, lack any sense of forethought, or just greedy and think you’ll get out before the collapse comes. Where are we going from here? Have we let the technology sector push publishing to give up on running their businesses ethically? This is a mess and I don’t know how we’re going to escape from the bed we’re making.

BBC’s list of pages de-indexed through Europe’s “right to be forgotten”

June 29 Comments Off on BBC’s list of pages de-indexed through Europe’s “right to be forgotten” Category: Feed, Journalism, Tumblr

mostlysignssomeportents:

Under a crazy, ineffectual EU court ruling, people can petition
Google and its rivals to de-index news articles from their European
search-results.

But the BBC, not being a search engine, is not bound by the “right to be
forgotten” regime, and so it’s compiled a list of affected articles
from its site, for your easy reference. Included are articles about a
man who killed his fiancee, a family who sued their neighbours for playing father-son football in a shared garden; a man who raped a woman while she slept; and an unnamed woman who died in a car crash.

Read the rest…

“If the newspaper industry wants to give up hundreds of years of passion and history and make…”

June 12 Comments Off on “If the newspaper industry wants to give up hundreds of years of passion and history and make…” Category: Feed, Journalism, Tumblr

“If the newspaper industry wants to give up hundreds of years of passion and history and make themselves slaves to some 20-something in Silicon Valley who did the latest hot social network, well, that’s up to them. We choose not to.”

Nick Denton via NYT.

Why journalists should (at least sometimes) be activists

May 05 Comments Off on Why journalists should (at least sometimes) be activists Category: Feed, Journalism, Tumblr

Why journalists should (at least sometimes) be activists:

drewvigal:

Some great and classic quotes here, including:

In many parts of this world, doing real journalism is activism—because truth telling in some societies is an act designed to bring about change.

and

… helping people understand they world they live in, so they can make better decisions about how they live.

and

We should be openly biased toward openness and freedom. Period.

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