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Journalists are mobile warriors: we should upgrade our kit

  I’ve been a nomad worker for some time. And I’m shocked at how few journalists seem to be prepared for mobile working. So I thought I’d offer a few tips. If you can afford it, buy your own equipment. I’ve been buying my own laptop…

Beyond the S Curve

Venture capitalist Mary Meeker has been presenting her deck on internet trends for a few years now. Twenty-three, to be precise. They’re good, albeit lengthy, always thought-provoking. And each year I see if I can use her data to tell…

Why Quartz’s news app might be the next big thing

Quartz’s new iPhone app that transforms the news consuming experience into an interactive chat has been given a big thumbs up by media commentators. Quartz, which is owned by Atlantic Media, prides itself on its originality in delivering…

Are Facebook’s Instant Articles and Apple’s News app another nail in the coffin for news publishers?

When Facebook announced the launch of Instant Articles, a feature that will distribute content from select news publishers directly on the social media giant’s platform, it provoked another existential crisis for news media. Media…

Sustainable, staged strategies to serve your mobile audiences

In many emerging markets, mobile is the only way that many people access content. If you don’t deliver a mobile-optimised experience to your mobile audience, you’re missing an opportunity to grow audience and revenue. Serving these new…

How to keep you and your sources safe from smartphone attacks

Two very different types of digital attack have targeted the Android smartphones of Tibetan and Uyghur activists. The attacks highlight the new and very real security threats that smartphones can pose for journalists and their sources. We…

Diversity in Latin American markets drives paid content strategies

Even though most Latin American newspapers and magazines still enjoy rising circulation and advertising revenue, many are rolling out paid content strategies. But the diverse market conditions across the region mean that there is no…

The mobile media revolution is about business not just distribution

Last year, the number of internet subscribers doubled in Zimbabwe, largely due to the increase in mobile internet users. The mobile revolution is here, and news organisations need to think beyond how to distribute their content to mobile…

Advanced digital security for journalists

Over the past few years, digital attacks on journalists have become much more sophisticated. With our heavy reliance on email and social media, digital security is something that all journalists need to learn, whether you’re working in…

Zimbabwean newspaper publisher holds hackathon to spur innovation

Hackathons are an excellent way of getting editors, journalists and developers to work together at news organisations to create new mobile and web applications that the paper, website or radio or TV station can use. Focusing on content,…