News article with some screenshots of the first Norwegian newspapers online.
Eirik Solheim on NRK's experiment with torrent distribution of public service broadcasting content:
This software has helped the government-owned broadcaster distribute terabytes of data to thousands of people. Through a technology that is feared by the media industry, yet extremely efficient and robust, we pump out huge amounts of content at a total distribution cost close to zero. […]
When we do radical experiments giving away our content people tend to ask if we’re not afraid of losing control. But they are getting it wrong. The future is about the audience. The future is about the fact that if you want control over your content you have to be the best provider of it.
Your content will end up on YouTube and the Pirate Bay anyway. But when you’re the best provider, people come to you. Giving you the chance to interact and learn. And giving you the chance to build a business model.
And we've done something which will be less obvious to you, but hugely important to the journalists working on the site. We've completely rebuilt the content production system (CPS) which we use to create content and run the site. The new version of the CPS is designed to be easier to use and – crucially when we want to get stories out to you fast – quicker too. It's also built to be more flexible, so it should be easier to keep the site evolving, and to produce the content in ways that work well on other platforms, such as mobile.
We are earning tens of millions of pounds and it’s increasing at about 100 percent a year at the moment
Let’s say we’re earning about £40m at the moment in digital revenue.
Now these are important numbers. Among other things, they suggest that Guardian News & Media (GNM) might yet succeed in building a fully-digital future without any help from paywalls, even if Wapping does meet with success.
Yet in many ways a digital journalist is more likely to struggle with design than coding. Before you can begin coding you have to have this side of things clear, whether you are working on your own independent blog or developing a complex data rich piece for a much larger news website.
My opinion is that, like coding, you’ll get the best results when you’re working in a team of professionals; that digital trinity of a journalist, a coder and a designer.
As an online editor for a digital media company, I am aware of just how important coding is, although I don’t believe that journalists and coders will ever meld into the same role. I just think that a modern journalist should be able to understand and talk about web architecture fluently. The same applies to basic design principles.
Make that information architecture and I'll agree – should be understood by all modern journalists.