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Despite all the challenges of ‘distributed news’, traditional brands are vital for social

The Reuters Digital News Report was released last week, it’s the usual collection of insightful research and sage analysis.

Despite Mark Thompson’s warning that ‘winter is coming’ for the world’s news publishers as they seek to ensure profitability, there are some positive findings in the report.

Notable is the ability for traditional news brands to cut through the noise of social media, despite the inherent challenges of distributed news.

Six trends the new Quartz app has joyfully piggybacked

The new Quartz app is fun, perhaps divisive, but bang on trend, showing us what content distribution might look like soon.

When Quartz was founded, it was pretty revolutionary for news on the web – mobile first, big bold text, single stream layout, changing topics, great data viz, free to use (!), a daily digest email, etc.

Since then, it has adapted somewhat to compete with click bait on social media, but hasn’t really been ‘bleeding edge’ in rapidly-evolving mobile.

The Quartz app changes that. Here are six things to take note of, that all media companies should be investigating.

Why the digital-only Independent is doomed without drastic change

The Independent recently announced that it will be closing its print newspaper titles and putting all efforts into digital

It spun the move as a positive, proudly declaring that it is the first newspaper to go digital-only, but anyone who has followed Mark Ritson’s posts about this publication will know the move was likely an unavoidable decision.

I applaud The Independent’s bravery in publicly admitting defeat in the print market, but if it thinks it’s going to succeed with its site in its current state it’s dreaming. Drastic changes are needed.

Obvious and inspired features to improve your press room

Look at Johannes Gutenberg. His eyes seem to say ‘can your press or media room be improved?’.

Here’s a list of some obvious stuff to include in your press pages, and some more left-of-field options. I’ve taken many of the examples from the leisure and heritage sectors, but I think you can adapt them all.

Please let me know of any cool stuff you’ve seen on your web travels.

Facebook’s F8 changes: a slight case of oversharing?

facebook-logoFacebook is renowned for rolling out new platform changes at a moment’s notice, but if early buzz is to be believed, this Thursday’s F8 developer conference will offer something a little bit special.

Major changes are expected that could fundamentally reshape the way content is found and shared on the world’s largest social network.

Will it be the dawn of a new social era, or is Facebook about to follow Myspace into the pit of abandoned platforms?