Wednesday 18 July 2018

Steve Dempsey

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'The new Google News brings together several existing news products into one app and website. It will analyse the constant flow of news information as it hits the web in real time, and organise it into storylines.'

All the news that's fit for Google 

Last week, Google held its I/O conference in California. As you'd expect, it was a technophile's dream. Google demoed how its personal assistant will soon be able make phone calls on your behalf and sound like a real human being. This new feature is powered, of course, by artificial intelligence (AI). Google photos will be upgraded to automatically suggest tweaks that improve your snaps. Again, this uses AI. Gmail will get a new feature called Smart Compose, which uses AI to suggest phrases as you type. And Google News is also getting a revamp, thanks to, you guessed it, AI.

Emojis are used six billion times a day and have been described as the fastest growing language in history. Photo: GETTY

Steve Dempsey: Emojis big news in content push 

How we get the news has changed. Paper and ink bearing yesterday's news is, well, yesterday's news. News on TV can bring events into your sitting room, but mostly at the end of the day. Radio still offers immediacy, but in most countries where mobile penetration is high, the smartphone breaks news quicker than any other channel. Social media plays a huge part, but so too do push notifications; alerts sent from news outlets to users who have downloaded their apps.

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon

Media outlets must harness the power of quality journalism online 

Jeff Bezos knows a thing or two about sustainable online business models. Speaking at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit last week, the owner of Amazon and the Washington Post seemed to pour cold water on publishers' attempts to monetise online audiences through paywalls and micropayments. He stated that the Washington Post needed to move from making a relatively large amount of money from a small number of consumers to making smaller amounts from a far larger audience.

‘If something is very useful for people, they are happy to pay — every story needs to be useful’. Picture posed

Quality journalism or your money back 

Blendle, the iTunes for journalism, has been busy. Last September, the pay-per-story journalism platform expanded into Germany with 37 publications. It now has more than half a million registered users in Europe and the majority of them are under 35. Now it's planning to make it big in America, with reports circulating that it will be teaming up with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Washington Post and others early this year.