What are digital innovators doing right and what to learn from them. Digital transitions are notoriously difficult and frustrating processes for newsrooms struggling to remain relevant in a less than clement climate towards legacy media. What are digital innovators doing right and what can be emulated by all newsrooms? Read the full interview here.
“Covering an industry full of hope and hype, Küng’s book stands out for its focus on concepts, drivers, and dynamics. Its scope and learning are brilliant and dazzling–the ascendancy of the media tech sector, the culture of digital organizations, their creative workforce, and their strategic leadership. This greatly updated and upgraded edition will be a source of insight for aspiring students and a tool for industry veterans who seek the perspective of academia.“ Eli Noam, Columbia Business School With the media industries facing unprecedented change and challenge, never has it been … Read more
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in partnership with Google are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Lucy Küng as the first Google Digital News Senior Research Fellow. Lucy Küng is a professor and expert on strategy, innovation and leadership with particular emphasis on managing technology shifts. She has focused on these issues as Professor of Media Innovation (University of Oslo), as Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute, as non-executive Board Member of the Swiss public service broadcaster, SRG, and of Vizrt, a media technology specialist, and … Read more
Native advertising is a priority for leading digital news providers – this was a striking finding from the research conducted for my recent book, Innovators In Digital News. Striking and surprising, since sponsored content is risky. It punctures the Chinese wall between editorial and commercial activities, and if done clumsily can damage credibility with audiences. Journalists are sceptical – there’s a high degree of cognitive dissonance between sponsored content and a commitment to journalism. So if sponsored content is dangerous territory for purveyors of quality news, why does it feel … Read more
Last week saw the publication of my new book, “Innovators in Digital News“, exploring several key players in the digital news industry – the Guardian, the New York Times, Quartz, BuzzFeed and Vice. It identifies and discusses the common elements that underlie their success, and provides pointers for how all players, legacy and clean sheet, can seize the growth potential that digital markets present. How do they operate? How do they innovate? Based on first hand research, the book’s case studies explore how these organisations approach digital news. How do … Read more
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Johan Peretti (CEO BuzzFeed)i: “Don’t you find that … mainstream media … come to Vice and say ‘OK, we need to figure this out and we can’t, so we want to buy you?” Shane Smith (CEO Vice): “Yes, I have noticed that … and part of the problem is that it wouldn’t even save them if they bought us … staying independent allows us to do a lot of things that we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise … even if they bought us they would still have a massive … Read more
What are The Guardian, The New York Times, BuzzFeed and Vice doing right? This book looks at several key players in the digital news industry and draws on extensive fist-hand research inside the organisations. Lucy Kung identidfies and discusses the common elements that underlie their success, and provides valuable pointers for how all players, legacy and clean sheet, can seize the growth potential that digital markets present.