Search engines, RSS feeds and content aggregators make a reader's life easier by providing new ways to scan for articles and to discover news. One result of this is that readers may no longer feel the need to regularly visit their local paper's website in order to stay informed about the goings-on around town. Following this logic, publishers work hard to make their content as searchable as possible, to make it accessible outside of a newspaper website. Conventional wisdom dictates that websites should be optimized for search engines. But what if your content is very specific in nature? Suppose that...more »
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Unstructured data is typically said to account for up to 80 percent of information stored on business computer systems. While this is a widely accepted notion, I'm inclined to agree with Seth Grimes that this 80 percent rule is inflated, depending on the type of business. Still, If we could structure even a fraction of that data, it would create significant value for small newspapers. The type of data that has my attention is free-form text. Small newspapers in particular have computers full of text files containing information about their communities. Often, these files lie dormant, left on the hard...more »
I think newspapers, blogs, and magazines should all be doing audio versions. I grew up enjoying and listening to audiobooks and now I don't have the same option for the short form content that I prefer to consume.
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