Bigger role for authors in articles, search

Which is the more important aspect of a story — the article headline or the byline? The answer would have been a easy a few years ago: the headline, of course. It’s the link people click on and the words they search for. But as social media becomes more integrated with content, the author is becoming […]

Google’s Living Stories promises leap in usability

There was a torrent of announcements from Google this week — among them Living Stories, which has intriguing prospects for journalists. As Dan Gillmor suggests, a better name would probably be Living Topics. The service, which is an amazing technological feat, groups news stories and deconstructs them for better online viewing. Google says the automated initiative, […]

Google Fast Flip built for mobile

So this is it. In April, Sharon Waxman reported a conversation with Google CEO Eric Schmidt in which he told her: “In about six months, the company will roll out a system that will bring high-quality news content to users without them actively looking for it” … one in which users “will be automatically served […]

Google’s crowdsourced traffic reports will hurt radio

“It’s stop and go on the bridge.” “Watch out for that deer on the 102.” The voices are a staple of local radio — listeners calling in to report traffic conditions. On-air updates build audiences, involve listeners and bring advertisers to morning and afternoon shows. But Google believes it can deliver traffic reports faster and […]

AP: Good tracking initiative, crazy licensing idea

Give Associated Press President Tom Curley credit for grabbing people’s attention. A New York Times story today quotes him stating that online references to AP stories containing as little as a headline and a link require a licensing agreement. The interview follows AP’s announcement Thursday that it will begin a two-pronged approach to tracking sites […]