Content vs. Style

Through an Influx Insights blog post I found my way to a University of Vienna study that found that when viewing art, people could register content within 10ms, and style within 50ms. This result is particularly interesting since conventional wisdom held that visual or sensory features – style – would be processed first. Needless to […]

Hyperlocal Starts With a Map

The evidence continues to roll in that the gateway to hyperlocal news and information is the humble map. Once the bane of road tripping wives everywhere, more and more online information is accessed through a map interface. Two more cases in point are SpotCrime and a new feature on Google Earth. SpotCrime is another entrant […]

Are Non-Profit News Organizations the Answer?

The idea that non-profit foundations, or even the government, should step in to fund news organizations has been gaining some currency among those thinking about the future of news. Often, NPR and PBS are held up as models of what this new world could look like. Last week, however, we learned more about some cracks […]

Markus Prior at The Future of News Workshop

Markus Prior, Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton presented some interesting work he did trying to understand if news consumption has changed over the past several decades. We often hear the assertion that people are just consuming less news these days, compounding the problems faced by newspapers. This work is the first I’ve […]

Quick Hits From Day 2 of The Future of News

In a fine keynote talk by David Robinson I was particularly struck by his description of aggregators (a term he finds less than satisfying) as “asset managers.” Matthew Hurst noted that content creation is now associated with individuals, not institutions. He also pointed out that data tools such as those he was demonstrating allow consumers […]

Quick Hits From the 1st Day of The Future of News

Not live blogging, but some quick hits from today’s presentations. Dan Gillmore began with a nice discussion of citizen-media, noting the role of trust and reputation. Steve Boriss talked about four “advances” that actually set news back: The steam engine was harnessed to the printing press (fewer voices because investment was needed to really be […]

The Future of News at Princeton

Busy days have led to incredibly light posting, but I’m headed to Princeton University for the Future of News workshop. Hosted by the Center for Information Technology Policy, the workshop covers two days (May 14th and 15th) with a schedule of four panels and two featured talks. I’ll be on the “Economics of News” panel […]