FIR Interview: Jay Lauf, Publisher, Quartz magazine

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In September 2012, Quartz entered the evolving mainstream media landscape with its offering, a digital business magazine intended primarily for consumption on tablets and other mobile devices. There is no print edition. In the eighteen months since the launch of Quartz – what it described as “a new type of publication in the new global […]

Changing the game with native advertising

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Does “native advertising” bother you? When I was first asked that question, my response was the inevitable “It depends…” And that primarily means: It depends on how open and transparent the advertiser and the publisher are about the native ad. Just what is “native advertising”? you may ask. Here’s what Wikipedia says: Native advertising is […]

Smartphones preferred device for news among affluent consumers says BBC

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The results of a new survey for BBC World News shows a surge in smartphone use for consuming news among affluent consumers compared to the general population. The BBC defines “affluent consumers” as the highest 20 percent income earners in each country surveyed. What the BBC describes as the world’s first study into the use […]

A new guide to help you verify digital content from any source

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Verifying facts before publishing a news story is one of the cornerstones of trusted behaviour that we have traditionally expected from the mainstream media. Even in the disruption of traditional sources of news over the past decade – with the rise of social media, of newer sources of news and information that compete with the […]

Know where the legal line lies in what you can and cannot say online

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If you need further evidence that social media is now very much part of the fabric of contemporary society, it comes in the form of an initiative by the Attorney General’s Office designed “to help prevent social media users from committing a contempt of court.” Attorney General for England and Wales Dominic Grieve, QC, MP […]

On a digital roll at the FT

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If you want evidence that digital and print publications can live together very nicely in the midst of continuing change and declines in circulations and advertising revenues for printed newspapers, look no further than the Financial Times. In July 2012, the paper reported that, for the first time, digital subscriptions had surpassed print subscriptions. And […]

Filters and trust

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As we get exposed to more and more information online, two elements assume great importance – filtering in the things we want to see; and verifying those things so we trust our filtered-in information along with the purveyors of it. The former is easier done than the latter: there are apps, algorithms and all manner […]

How ‘social TV’ enables immersive involvement in live events

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Audience participation with live TV events via social channels like Twitter is becoming increasingly common and a big part of audience expectations. I’m thinking of campaign-type events, not spontaneous or serendipitous actions by individual tweeters, Facebookers or Google+ers with their communities. This is about orchestrated activities: programme-makers and the television broadcasters creating a broader platform […]

Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day

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Amid the conflict, awful tragedy and human suffering constantly occupying centre stage in mainstream media reporting about the Middle East, one man tries to explain the relationship complexities of, among, between, within and without key countries, states and individuals;  and countries outside the region. Financial Times reader K.N. Al-Sabah writes a letter to the editor […]