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Respect Your Salespeople: They Earn Your Salary

17 hours agoMedia / New Media : Monday Note

by Jean-Louis Gassée Another people-in-tech Monday Note, vs. tech itself, in the spirit of The HR-Less Performance Review and Firing Well, this time about the value of competent, service-oriented salespeople, and the respect we owe them – with our own interest in mind.  We’re at the Board Meeting of a Valley start-up. An investor has(...) No related columns.

Digital Public Library of America to Connect Online Collections Across U.S.

3 days agoMedia / New Media : Idea Lab

From Maine to Montana, the Digital Public Library of America will serve every state and connect online collections from coast to coast by 2017, thanks in large part to a $3.4 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Along with support from the Institute of […]

In the kingdom of the bored, the one-armed bandit is king

3 days agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

It still feels a little shameful to admit to the fact, but what engages us more and more is not the content but the mechanism. Kenneth Goldsmith, in a Los Angeles Review of Books essay, writes of a recent day when he felt an urge to listen to some music: I was in the mood to listen to the music of the […]

How to write a book when you’re paid by the page

5 days agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

When I first heard that Amazon was going to start paying its Kindle Unlimited authors according to the number of pages in their books that actually get read, I wondered whether there might be an opportunity for a delicious intra-Amazon arbitrage scheme that would allow me to game the system and drain Jeff Bezos’s bank account. I thought […]

HoloLens Brings 3D Media Into the Physical World

6 days agoMedia / New Media : Idea Lab

Those who follow me know that over the last year, there’s one technology that has been my obsession: Virtual Reality (VR), specifically the Oculus Rift. I was first introduced to the headset that eventually became Oculus by Emblematic Group’s Nonny de la Peña, and I have gone on to work as a consulting producer for […]

Music is the oil in the human machine

6 days agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

In announcing the free version of its music streaming service — that’s free as in ads — Google also discloses something revealing about the way it views music: At any moment in your day, Google Play Music has whatever you need music for — from working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor — and gives you […]

5 Steps to Making a Great Data Story

last weekMedia / New Media : Idea Lab

After working on many data stories over the years, I’ve figured out a good set of best practices that I wanted to share. It’s not the only way, but it’s been the best way for me to tell a story with data. Step 1: Digitize I can’t emphasize this enough. These days, I try to […]

Back to the garden

Progress turns everyone into a nostalgist sooner or later. You just have to wait for your own particular trigger to come along — the new thing that threatens the old thing you love. David Weinberger has a funny-sad article in The Atlantic today. Called “The Internet That Was (and Still Could Be),” it’s a tortured piece, mixing memory and desire, that calls to […]

The Journalist and The Expert: Rapprochement Required

by Frederic Filloux At a time when the information world becomes increasingly shallow, journalists ought to join forces with experts. The alliance would bring deeper knowledge to journos and sharper story-telling to eggheads. Last Friday, at the Global Editors Summit in Barcelona, we awarded the Startup for News prize to, a tiny New York (...) No related columns.

Samsung’s Mobile OS Dilemma

by Jean-Louis Gassée Scroogled if you do, HPed if you don’t. To differentiate itself from aggressive Android competitors, Samsung would need to build its own mobile OS…but can it overcome the odds? “Samsung execs don’t brush their teeth in the morning, they file them”. Show More Summary

How Periscope Could Be Used for Context Delivery

last weekMedia / New Media : Idea Lab

This piece was initially published on Storybench, a cookbook for digital storytelling. Storybench is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program, a new graduate degree in digital journalism, and Esquire magazine. Show More Summary

[NUJ New Media] European Court deals a blow to online freedom of expression

ARTICLE 19. London, 16 June, 2015. Today, the Grand Chamber of the European Court issued a judge...

Unlocking Journalistic Innovation

last weekMedia / New Media : Idea Lab

After studying innovation in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, the Graduate School of Business, and Stanford’s School of Engineering, I’ve learned that one of the first things journalists need to be experimental is a reason to do so. That’s not as simple as it sounds given the demands of the job (deadlines, accuracy, […]

[NUJ New Media] Apple News service to use real journalists

FT, London. 15 June 2015. Apple is hiring a team of journalists to run its Apple News service, p...

Jeff Jarvis: Journos Need to Shift from Content to Service Business

2 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Idea Lab

The “Future of News” at the MIT Media Lab spoke recently to Jeff Jarvis, one of the top commentators on the world of journalism, about how the industry can transform itself by rethinking its core tenets: we are not in the content business, he argues, we are in the service business. Between 2007 and 2014, Jarvis was named […]

Media takes command

2 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of addressing the annual convention of the Media Ecology Association in Denver. The title of my talk was “Media Takes Command: An Inquiry into the Consequences of Automation.” Here is what I said, along with the slides that accompanied the remarks. As I was trying to figure out what […]

The redistribution game for news

2 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Monday Note

by Frédéric Filloux Forget the 70-30 split for subscription between publishers and distributors. Today, for publishers, the new norm is a 100%-70% split of ad revenues, depending on who sells the ad. For news distribution, re-intermediation will be intensely competitive. Show More Summary

Apple’s Intriguing Developer Conference

2 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Monday Note

by Jean-Louis Gassée At this year’s Worldwide Developer conference, we were told about Apple’s new music streaming service and given hints about the iPad’s future… and we were left asking questions about Apple’s relationship with Google. Show More Summary

Featured Video: Emeralds – A New Docu-Series Begins with a Look at Ballet and Bulldozers

"Emeralds," a new docu-series, chronicles how Seattle's rapid pace of development affects treasured local artists such as Belltown Ballet owner Elaine Bonow. The post Featured Video: Emeralds – A New Docu-Series Begins with a Look at Ballet and Bulldozers appeared first on Flip the Media.

Yale’s ‘Thread’ Program Stitches Storytellers Together

2 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Idea Lab

Thread at Yale was billed as a gathering for people interested in “storytelling in modern media.” Or, as the website explained: “It’s not a conference, and it’s not a workshop. It’s both. Maybe it’s neither.” Thread comes from the Yale Journalism Initiative, an ambitious program funded by Steven Brill in 2006 to try to encourage […]

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