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‘How to set goals like you’re Google (even if you’re not)’

“When I talk with any startup — Google scale or not — my easiest recommendation in brainstorming and goal-setting is to not get caught up in just local optimizations, not to stay exclusively in the land of reasonable, but devote some time to 10x Impact conversations,” writes Hunter Walk. That means asking yourself the questions: […]

Ideas for moving ‘beyond the article’

In a new report for the Reuters Institute, Kevin Anderson examines how news organizations are moving “beyond the article” and adopting new story forms and methods of distribution. Some of the key findings from the report: All of the cases Anderson studied involved using distributed methods to spread stories via social media or messaging apps; […]

Slack hacks to keep you productive instead of distracted

Slack can be a powerful tool to keep your team productive, but like most communication tools, it can also often be a source of distraction. Matthew Guay offers five tips for how to use Slack and stay productive: Catch up on what you missed while you were away with the “all unreads” feature and read […]

‘Algorithms could save book publishing — but ruin novels’

Studying 5,000 book titles published over the last 40 years, Jodie Archers and Matthew L. Jockers have created an algorithm that can predict with 80 percent accuracy which novels will become bestsellers. Traditional book publishers are paying attention to algorithms too — Simon & Schuster hired its first data scientist last year, while Macmillan Publishers […]

Clay Christensen explains his ‘jobs to be done’ theory: When we buy a product, we’re hiring it to help us do a job

Knowing more and more about their customers through data is often taking businesses in the wrong direction, Clay Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon and David S. Duncan write. With so much information about their customers, businesses tend to lose sight of what actually gets people to buy their products. Christensen’s “jobs to be done” theory […]

The upsides (and downsides) of automated robot journalism

Robots writing stories is an emerging journalism reality. You may already have read material produced by a machine without even realizing it. To adapt science fiction guru William Gibson, “the robo-journalism future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” With the new technology, there is exciting new potential, like speed and efficiency […]

A comic treatment of a tragically broken process in journalism

Newsrooms are still using processes and mental models designed for the pre-internet era, writes Hearken CEO Jennifer Brandel. “To put it frankly: those old processes aren’t working well in an age where individuals are empowered with access to seemingly-infinite content,” Brandel said. “And poorly-designed processes create inaccurate information and lead to misguided decisions which ultimately […]

The AP will use automated writing to cover the minor leagues

The Associated Press, which routinely covered some minor league stories through the 2006 season, will produce the stories using technology from Automated Insights and data from MLB Advanced Media, which is the official stat-keeper of the minor leagues. Automated game stories are available for Triple-A, Double-A and Class A games, covering 142 MLB-affiliated teams and […]

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