Category Archives: new media

Apple is looking for news editors to man their News app


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So we’re all excited about the new iOS9 and, for journalists and newsmen like me, that News app seems promising. I even wrote about it last week: News is the news in Apple’s new iOS9!

But there has been a little bit of development from when the app was first announced at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2015) and today.

From what was understood initially, the app would aggregate news content according to the preference of the user (kind of like Flipboard).

So if you hit up Apple’s job listing page, it has announced a call for hire and they are looking for news editors. It looks like they want a human touch rather than rely on an algorithm to find news for the users.

So would that mean the news curating system at Apple will be open to human bias? Hmm…

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Malaysians could use a really good focused news opinion website


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With so much news clutter in the world, it seems that people would need help to digest and make sense of everything that is happening. That is the reason for opinion stories, commentary and op-ed pieces that appear in the news.

And there is this new app…

Discor is a new app and website that aggregates opinion writing from all around the Internet and puts it side by side with the news so that viewers and readers will be able to understand the context of what is happening in the world.

I think it’s a great idea because I like to understand things a bit more and to know the implications of the news to my life. But I don’t know if this is something that will catch on with the masses.

Also, there are so many of these apps and sites available such as Circa (which is strapped for cash right now), Vox, Politico, etc. And it doesn’t help that Discor (and most of the other apps) are all so American and western-inclined.

So where do we in Malaysia go for intelligent opinion stories?

The numbers game may not be all bad for news and journalism content


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From a journalist and content producer’s perspective, development of stories is considered very sacred and full of integrity. Never will we sway to the winds of metrics, ratings and numbers.

But, just hold it right there.

Actually, reader and viewer data can be put to good use for developing good quality content. It just needs to be read and interpreted correctly.

Of course, click bait headlines and Kardashian-like rubbish stories will get the high numbers. But it is the consistent, high-quality, society-benefitting content that keeps the right audience.

And once we learn that value the demographics and psychographics of the audience, only that will we be able to look past the PVs (page views), UV (unique page views), bounce rates and whatever else.

Once we know who is watching us, then we will know how to cater to them. It’s like that old saying that kind of goes like ‘it’s better to shoot like a sniper and get the one you want, rather than spray with a machine gun and hope you hit something’. Or something like that lah!

And the article that inspired this in me is by digital expert David Higgerson: Why audience targets can be good for journalism

The New York Times photojournalist David Guttenfelder streams live on Periscope from North Korea


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I’ve signed on to Periscope because I can see it’s potential for storytelling. But, I’ve yet to find  myself in a suitable situation to utilise it properly (aside from viewing live streams of different Suicide Girls!).

But here’s a really cool story about how photojournalist David Guttenfelder, who was on assignment for the New York Times, managed to shoot different everyday scenes in North Korea and streamed in live on Periscope.

As we are all aware, North Korea is such a mystery to us all that a scene of people on the streets can be so exciting! And if you remember, Guttenfelder is also the same guy who created Instagram history by posting street photography of North Korea a few years ago.

“There’s probably not a better place to test the power of photography and photojournalism than a place that has never really allowed photography or foreigners there,” Mr. Guttenfelder said in the blog post on the New York Times’ Lens blog.

News is the news in Apple’s new iOS9!


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I bought the first generation iPad in Australia even before it came out in Malaysia because I was so captivated by how WIRED magazine was promoting their digital version for it. I just couldn’t wait!

And I wasn’t disappointed. It was beautifully designed and the multimedia content it presented just blew my mind! The best thing was that a slew of other publishers followed suit.

I even welcomed the publishers who just pasted their hard copy publications onto Newstand without bothering to adapt their content to the multimedia capabilities (ie: Newsweek, TIME, etc).

I know there have been a lot of complaints about Newstand being boring and how it was so easy for content to be buried and go unnoticed. I still thought it was fine.

But today, Apple announced at their World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2015) that they will be killing Newstand. In it’s place will be a new app called News. It will be a Flipboard-like app that allows users to select the news source they prefer to have in their feed (copycat!).

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I’m not too sure on how the news will be presented. It could either be hosted on the news publisher’s platform or on Apple’s own platform (like Facebook’s Instant Articles). But there is a form of ad monetization involved for the publishers.

iOS9 will also be intelligent enough to prompt results of your news searches from all of your installed news apps. Now that sounds kind of cool. In fact, it is reported that it will also suggest your preferred news stories even before you search! Fuuhhh!!

I’m particularly looking forward to the new iOS’ capability of making things easier for content producers. It now makes your iPad or iPhone multitasking, and cutting and pasting is more flexible.

We’ll see how it works once I’ve updated my devices!

You can read more at Niemanlab.org.