Upon returning from my vacation I have found dozens of messages from friends around the globe asking about my reaction to the renewal of diplomatic relations between Cuba, the country of my birth, and the United States, my adopted country and the one of which I am proud to be a citizen. I have given this some thought to share with all of you.
How this magazine, first published in 1922, has rethought itself with the help of an editor-in-chief and chief content officer who valued the experienced of lifelong staffers, while aware of the need for change.
Revisiting the subject of change, our hesitation to adapt to it and our primal instinct at work when it comes to sticking to the familiar. All of these are themes that seem universal and which transcend time.
It is all about quality now: on your phone, your watch or your tablet. But now, it is also about the why of the story. Some reporters favor slow journalism, which emphasizes lingering on the story, analyzing every aspect, taking time to make sure no stone is left unturned. Perhaps a third news tempo has arrived.
Summer vacations are over, the suntan lotions, sandals and swim trunks are put away and the mind turns to the rituals of fall, which, for me, always include a busy schedule of conference, projects and meetings. Welcome back.
Video is the word when we conduct workshops in newsrooms across the world. Now a prediction gives 2016 as a milestone year for when more users will watch video on mobile devices.
Behold the press kiosk, and take a picture of the next one you see, as they are becoming historic pieces.
Not that I think anyone needs to be reminded, but the figures in the second annual Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility Report make it obvious: we are wise to pay attention to how we do storytelling on mobile devices. It is the platform of choice for such a large number of our audience, and one that is not likely to go away.
Time to redefine Breaking News, folks. Or, perhaps, a good opportunity to decide when interrupting the audience has merit? Even in the age of the journalism of interruptions, too many can be hazardous to retaining even your most loyal followers.