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Steve Matthewson
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Head: Business Professional Networks, The Guardian
Head: Business Professional Networks, The Guardian

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How we often miss the original organising culture of reciprocity online - and what it means for media companies.
Why the idea that content is free isn't only wrong, but rude.
After becoming the only UK winner of the International Press Institute's inaugural News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google, I have spent time (and the prize money) working to help news media startups in the UK and Turkey stay up.    Three years on, Javi...

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How we often miss the original organising culture of reciprocity online - and what it means for media companies.
Why the idea that content is free isn't only wrong, but rude.
After becoming the only UK winner of the International Press Institute's inaugural News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google, I have spent time (and the prize money) working to help news media startups in the UK and Turkey stay up.    Three years on, Javi...

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Gmail in isiZulu & Afrikaans!
Thirteen new languages for Gmail, including Afrikaans and Zulu - http://goo.gl/zRiuw5
No matter where you’re from, language shouldn’t be a barrier when it comes to keeping in touch with the people you care about. Gmail is already available in 58 languages, including Amharic and Swahili, and we’re now bringing that total to 71—covering 94 percent of the world’s Internet population.

Starting today, 13 new languages are joining the Gmail family: Afrikaans, Zulu, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, and Sinhala.

Check out our blogpost here- http://goo.gl/zRiuw5
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These are just awesome.
A Collection of the Most Gorgeous and Creative Infographics and Data Visualizations Covering Brazil 2014 Fifa Football World Cup

#worldcup2014   #datavisualization   #infographic  

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Sounds like this programme +Sarah Hartley is leading in Jozi next week is going to tackle some really tough issues.

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This piece on experimentation, innovation and failure (leadership, really) in newsrooms by Prof George Brock has been around a while already but his points are so well made they are worth sharing again. (I can't pretend to have followed all of his guidance but I know from experience that more than a few of them are utterly valid).

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I'm so with +Sarah Hartley and +William Perrin on this: Why does the growth of one format have to come at the expense of another? Long-form journalism, deep research, intimate interviews and beautiful writing ... they still have as much of a role as sliders, video, interactives and Circa-style topic synthesis.
Had a great day down at the #VisualDen event in London this week. As well as getting the opportunity to talk a bit about #AR (augmented reality) we heard from people we wouldn't generally bump into eg. The Sun's editor. His presentation about 20 sec video news and others about short form (cards will be the new listicles apparently) is incredibly challenging but also a little scary. Let's have all sorts of forms, keep the long reads alongside the fun of the ever shorter. So in a post-breakfast fit of inspired enthusiasm, we've floated that at Talk About Local. Will you join us? 

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There’s an interesting experiment next week that will see South African journalists in Johannesburg hook up online to a media event in London, the Spring meeting of the UK’s Digital Editors Network (DEN). #visualDEN  

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Visual content is top of mind in newsrooms and boardrooms. And it's also on the agenda for next Digital Editors Network meetup hosted by the Financial Times on 5 June 2014, with a live, interactive hookup to Johannesburg. Join us at Jozihub from 2.30pm (SAST) #visualDEN  
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