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Meerkat and Periscope: what do they mean for entertainment and politics and what does the future hold?

After the release of Merrkat, Twitter immediately hit back by launching Periscope, its own video livestreaming app. Two apps and a lot of sector of activities: news, politic, sport and entertainment.

Yik Yak, the journalist’s new friend?

Yik Yak was launched in 2013 as a kind of anonymous, geo-located Twitter app and took the world by storm before more recently whipping up an equally big storm of controversy. For some people, this app frees up speech and this makes it a valuable journalistic tool – for others it is simply a gigantic digital rant room.

A great and free guide to mobile reporting

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Our last post about “mojo” or “mobile journalism” has had a lot of feedback this week and many of you wanted to know more.

The Mobile Journalism Revolution

The explosion in smartphones has not stopped disrupting journalistic practices. Not only has it deeply altered the relationship between the public and the media but it has given journalists a new tool – the mobile phone – which allows them to film, photograph and even edit their own reports directly on their mobile.

Mobile broadband – bad news for the digital media?

Paradoxically, the current flood of smart phones and tablets is not good news for digital media funded by ads. The same advertisement brings in five times less revenue when it is viewed on a mobile device than on a desktop computer, simply because it is much less visible – and consequently profitable – on a small screen.

Will the tablet save the press?

While information on the internet is frequently free of charge, the very nature of the media consumed on tablets means that users are prepared to pay for it.

Gamification is not gaming

‘A good product does not need to be gamified. A book does not need to be gamified. Nor indeed does a game’, says Adrian Hon, CEO of Six to Start.

Journalism in the era of virtual reality

‘I think that virtual reality holds the potential to fundamentally change journalism’

How Facebook shapes the news

Since the Arab Springs, it is common knowledge that Facebook is a powerful media, allowing people to exchange news or defeat censorship in countries where newspapers are gagged. But in

Closing the gap between immediacy and accuracy

Thanks to the boom of social networks, readers can now be actors in the collection, reporting, analysis and dissemination of information. However, journalists are often too focused on their own

Will bitcoin save journalism?

The digital currency, so far mainly linked to dubious transactions in the dark web, could become a very effective micropayment system for digital contents.

Web 2.0: Declining power, credibility on the increase

For traditionalist journalists, readers who voice their opinions are considered at best as useless, and at worst as generating populist rhetoric.

Intelligent, intelligible cities

The conjunction of high speed mobiles, geo-localization and smart tags have made cities potentially intelligent and intelligible, with the promise of offering citizens access to exhaustive services and making touristic and historical heritage more striking. Technology is available… it’s now time to find political determination.

The Swiss information market, a possible future

In possible futures, a Swiss information market which validates the ethics of data, securely preserving it for millennia in physical, legal and information bunkers, will give value to and broaden historical Swiss expertise while integrating it into an ethical framework.

The impossible generalist mission of daily newspapers

Being everything to everyone is a recipe for disaster. With answers to everything, the Internet has become the reference daily.