In our digital leaders survey, almost a third of publishers (28%) told us that they are planning to experiment this year with voice-controlled assistants. The Huffington Post has developed a news briefing via Alexa and a headlines quiz game on the Google Assistant – one of many systems that is opening up to third party integration. “We’re all just at the beginning stages of learning how our consumers will interact with these devices to get news,” says Julia Beizer, Head of Product for the Huffington Post. We said Snapchat would be a key network to watch due to its track record of technical innovation and audience focus. We also predicted the growth of professionally produced vertical and square video.
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The New York Times, bulwark of American journalism, is losing circulation, advertising revenue, and credit. How it fares in today’s economy is likely to set an example for other national daily newspapers across the world. Many people have claimed the days of buying the national paper, and ritually reading it on the train to work, are numbered; we will sooner or later have to accept digital versions of news.
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- AI may help journalists but also open up the possibility of automated content farms and make the problem of fake news even worse.
- Whilst the rise of citizen media and journalism allows for plentiful opportunities, the space has now become congested, often with questionable content.
- Even so, these are examples of the challenges many sites face in the era of Web 2.0 and beyond.
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- We suggested in last year’s report that the gloss would soon start to come off new digital brands and their sky-high stock market valuations – and so it proved.
Messaging environments have always been tricky for publishers to penetrate but the creation of bot platforms are changing the landscape. Bots are intelligent computer programs that chat with users – providing information in response to prompts. Sometimes they are driven by humans, sometimes by computers – or a mix of the two, but it’s really the conversational interface that makes them different. Chat bots can give you updates on the news, book a taxi or help you with a recipe for dinner – no need to download a separate app. Paul Bradshaw who runs the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University writes about three types of journalistic bot that have emerged in the last few years.
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Many quotes do not carry names or organisations, at the request of those contributors. (Newman et al., 2016) shows that in the UK and France bulletins have lost around 20% of their under-35s viewers in just two years. 24-hour news channels are also under pressure from social media, which is often much faster to deliver critical footage on breaking stories. This is a particular problem for public broadcasters that need to show they are serving all demographics. In response the Japanese national broadcaster NHK is creating one minute documentaries for Facebook, while the BBC is pushing 15 and 30 second videos to Instagram. New 24-hour channel France Info has had some success by importing formats from social media such as ‘draw my news’.
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It has a licence to experiment and started with exploring first person storytelling in 6×9 which placed the user in the shoes of an inmate in a solitary confinement cell. Charities looking to drive empathy and public information have also been early adopters. The UK’s National Autistic Society made a VR film in 2016 to show people what it was like to live with the condition and Alzheimer’s Research UK did the same to put others in the shoes of someone with dementia. One of the key questions for 2017 is whether Apple will join the VR platform wars with its own headset and app store or head in a different direction.
In sharp contrast, we saw intense soul-searching by traditional media over how they could have become so out of touch and how they missed/misjudged these stories – with trust amongst old and young falling to historic lows . Expect widespread innovation with messaging apps, chat bots and the art of ‘conversational journalism’. Perhaps the ultimate question is whether we will want to read newspapers and magazines on an e-reader or, coming soon, a piece of light, flexible plastic. Technology continually races ahead of our ability to accept it, but eventually the early adopters will start to convince the rest of us. The day of e-readers on the train is probably further away than manufacturers hope, but eventually it will come and that mobile phone will look a bit pass. From a green point of view, the average book releases more than 4kgs of carbon in its production and incurs the costs of warehousing, transport, waste, and toxic chemicals.