Shaking things app – how smartphones revolutionised Nigerian music

Boiler Room’s recent broadcast from Nigeria – which we’re revisiting on Guardian Music today – broke new ground. It was the first time a show had been live-streamed from a Lagos nightclub to the world. With the club’s own Wi-Fi connection offering a flickering, untrustworthy signal, the stream was facilitated by chaining multiple mobile sim […]

How a Brexit bounce has helped give the Daily Express a digital future

A short time ago it would have been preposterous to suggest that Northern & Shell, publishers of the Daily Express and Daily Star, had anything to teach Mail Online and other digital news brands. Known for its ageing audience, clunky websites and the open hostility to digital publishing of its owner Richard “BuzzFeeds, SchmuzzFeeds” Desmond, […]

USD1 Million innovate AFRICA Fund for digital media launched

The new innovateAFRICA Fund is offering media pioneers on the continent $1 million in support for leapfrog technologies or digital innovation. The support programme offers a combination of seed funding, technology support and expert mentorship. It is open to both mainstream media organisations and individual innovators. The deadline for applications is 01 December 2016. Project […]

ASU professor Eric Newton responds to recent study that says news organizations are dropping paywalls

An Arizona State University journalism professor has said “there’s no such thing as one model” for the future of digital journalism, responding to a newly published study that shows dozens of newspaper companies are abandoning paywalls as a way to drive profits. The review, published in the International Journal of Communication, shows that 69 publications […]

Micropayments won’t save journalism

Given the carnage in digital display advertising it’s not surprising that a seemingly successful ‘Reader Pays’ model is creating a lot of excitement in the publishing press. Blendle, a Dutch start-up that enables readers to pay for journalism one article at a time, announced that it has registered 1 million users globally. The subscription-free, ad-free […]