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News On Paper Towels? Yeah, It’s A Thing Now

Like a throw back to the days of ripping the latest headlines off the wire, one newspaper in Mexico has come up with a fun and unexpected way to put the paper back in newspaper — with paper towels!

Check out this video from agency FCB Mexico about the fun campaign by free newspaper Más por Más, which according to the video literally prints the latest headlines ON paper towels as they come out of the dispenser. They put a QR code on the sheets, and report a significant increase in visitors to their website from the novel hand wipes (which were made with a special ink that didn’t smear).

Fun AND functional? You bet!

See more of the details about the creatives behind this idea on Creativity.
(H/T PSFK)

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OMG! The Robo-Journo Has Arrived. It’s Going to Be OK.

robotEverybody take a deep breath. Robots are not journalists, and they aren’t going to take over the publishing industry. Or will they?

Since it came out that the L.A. Times used an algorithm to report on an earthquake, it seems that robots are going to take over all of journalism. There’s a good case for using technology like this: stories on sports, financial news, weather; probably half of the press releases about amazing new mobile apps I get, could probably be written with a code. There’s also a good case for why it’s still sort of uncharted territory that needs to be built upon and perfected.

And it’s prompted some  good questions: Who owns the copyright? Where and when would it be more efficient? If stories are generated using a code, does that change how humans interact with it? Does the code know ethics? Read more

Ready to Change the Web? Applications for Knight News Challenge Open Today

knight featured imageDo you have a good idea about how to protect the open web? Strengthen it? Improve on it? The Knight Foundation, in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and Mozilla, is offering $2.75 million in prizes to projects that speak to “strengthening the internet for free expression and innovation” and invites applicants to focus on “journalism, policy, research, and education.”

The contest is open to everyone: non-profits, for-profits, individuals, students. You can find out more here. There’s a virtual meeting on March 4 at 1p.m. ET, which you can access here. There’s also the ‘Open IDEO-powered newschallenge.org platform that “facilitates conversations across projects and allows applicants to refine their ideas based on user comments and suggestions,” according to the press release. In mid-April, semi-finalists will be chosen to move forward in the contest.

Don’t procrastinate, though. The deadline is March 18 at 5 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced in June at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference.

If you want to get an idea of how to frame and scale your project, the last round of News Challenge winners were announced in January for projects focused on health.

‘Post-Mobile’ Is Inevitable: Why Journalists Shouldn’t Dismiss Google Glass

glassBeing cranky and snowed in on the east coast, I was ready to remain skeptical when talking to Robert Hernandez, USC Annenberg journalism professor, about his work with Google Glass and what news orgs could do with them. But his determination to explore what he calls ‘post-mobile’ tools and how journalists can use them convinced me. I (almost) want a pair, once they’re more stylish and I don’t have to talk to them, which will happen, according to Hernandez.

“When have we as an industry ever benefited by dismissing or feeling above an emerging technology?” he asks.

From the internet itself, to blogging, or micro-blogging, or mobile, you’d think we’d have learned our lesson by now. The debate shouldn’t be about when it’s going to catch on or how dorky they look or how people don’t want to talk to themselves to find information. It’s about getting in there and finding out how we might start to use the technology.

Google Glass isn’t the best iteration of itself , but the ‘post-mobile’ world is inevitable, he says, “and if its inevitable what are the features that you want?” He’s calling it post-mobile or micro-content:

I was going to call it ‘light content’ but I know haters will think of ‘fluffy’ content. The premise of Google Glass is that it doesn’t affect your life…it’s not an immersive thing, it’s about eliminating the time, those seconds, of pulling out your phone and unlocking it and searching. Is that good or bad? I’m not going there.”

He’s right. Think about when Twitter came out and we all rolled our eyes over 140 characters. Read more

Knight Foundation, Investigative News Network Supports Nonprofit News with Micro-grants

If not for enterprising and investigative-minded journalists, the recent George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal in New Jersey might never have been brought to light.

INN picSame goes for that stubborn NY1 reporter, whose recent relentless questioning of Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm about campaign finance irregularities led to an on-air blowup that revealed the congressman as something of a bully. Read more

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