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    What is quality journalism? The most important question for news organisations today, but do we know what it means?

What is quality journalism? The most important question for news organisations today, but do we know what it means?

Quality is the key word for journalism right now, but it can mean nothing.

At a recent Google Newsgeist conference in Lisbon of 150+ journalism and tech people it threaded its way through the conversations about how ‘good’ journalism can survive and thrive in an age of misinformation, competition and distraction. Here’s some thoughts sparked by that gathering.

Most of us […]

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    Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

This is the longer version of an article that first appeared in Inpublishing Magazine, by Professor Charlie Beckett @CharlieBeckett

Is 2018 the year when the publisher/platform relationship is turned on its head? Is this the moment when policy-makers change the balance of power between the tech giants and the content creators?

Recent years have been tough on publishers as the social […]

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    Why today’s Facebook hearings won’t – and shouldn’t – change much (yet)

Why today’s Facebook hearings won’t – and shouldn’t – change much (yet)

If committees were a good way to change the world then they’d have more power. They don’t. So don’t be surprised if the appearance of Mark Zuckerberg in front of two important Congressional committees doesn’t directly result in game-changing new laws or regulation. It shouldn’t.

Firstly, the political process – even in a world of Trump and Brexit – is […]

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Journalism and artificial intelligence: some notes

These are my rough speaking notes for a panel discussion hosted by Demos.

I think that AI and machine learning is a big deal for journalism and news information. Possibly as important as the other developments we have seen in the last 20 years such as online platforms, digital tools and social media. My 2008 book on how journalism was being […]

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    My secret social media shame: after ten years I still quite like Twitter

My secret social media shame: after ten years I still quite like Twitter

It is ten years since I joined Twitter and I have to confess, I still like it.

Of course, I mean ‘my’ Twitter feed. The quality of the experience depends on your personalised selection of sources and your behaviour.  As a platform it stands accused of coarsening public life, ruining careers, making nice people miserable and fixing votes.

Twitter as a social […]

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