I have some thoughts on Vox Media — most of them in the native video efforts. Vox like many of its peers took a big bet on Facebook Video efforts and essentially ended up finding out that when it comes to Facebook, it is the house and the house always wins. Continue reading “Some thoughts on Vox Media layoffs”
Of nearly three dozen stories, I saved to my Pocket account, these five, I think are worth your time. Why? Because they will force you to move out of your comfort zone and ask different questions. That is the real value when it comes to writing. The era of our discontent: Ari Ratner looks at our … Continue reading 5 things to read this weekend
Earlier this month, folks from Google invited me along with Kara Swisher and Audrey Cooper for a conversation about the future of news. Towards the end of the conversation, we were asked what Google could do in order to help the news and media industry. Obviously, we joked about buying the New York Times, but when asked, I pointed out that Google is good at one thing — software — and instead of trying to do crazy things, why not build tools that help the news ecosystem? Why not create tools that help data novices make sense of information? Or how about a smarter, simpler and more nimble analytics tool just for reporters? (Or simply buy Chartbeat!) I forgot to mention one tool that they could build in their sleep, and in the process help not only save many reporter hours but make the news better, smarter and more contextual.
Anne Elizabeth Moore, a Chicago-based author in her evisceration of Vice Media, had three gems that are worth sharing. Lie becomes joke becomes stance: the evolution of form is mirrored by readers’ decreasing attention spans in the Internet age. The metric of success is “clicks” over “paper sales”—a clear, and discomfitingly natural, extension of tabloid … Continue reading 3 Vices