Posted in Health and Pharma on March 7, 2018
Earlier this year a media roundtable event in London laid bare the all too real, and hydra-headed, threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) returning us to the dark ages of medicine.
Despite nearly two decades as a pharmaceutical journalist I’ve generally managed to avoid developing any hypochondriac tendencies.
But Getting Things Done To Tackle Superbugs and the scale and complexity of the issues it outlined really gave me pause for thought. Not least when the $2bn invested in AMR research was acknowledged to be inadequate to tackle ‘a silent killer that threatens millions’. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Media on February 22, 2018
Reuters has launched an online community for those in publishing and broadcasting. Free to join, the aptly-named Reuters Community will offer industry insights, research, advice and complimentary access to industry events.
That said, it’s not a community in the sense of anything especially social, but it does bring to the table a wealth of resources for those in publishing and communications, not least by collecting some of the excellent outputs from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
In addition to that there’s a wealth of insider views on topics such as digital strategy, data-driven transformation and the ubiquity of podcasts.
Posted in Digital Music on February 4, 2018
Facebook adds new music deals, Napster partners on smart soundbar, SoundCloud denies quality loss, UK and US streaming market growth
Facebook has followed up on its recent a rights deal with UMG, with a spree of further deals, this time with music publishers Sony/ATV, Global Music Rights, SESAC’s HFA/Rumblefish and Kobalt Music Publishing. Covering Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Oculus, the agreements cover areas such as music use within user-generated content, as well as more ways to “be your favourite artist’s biggest and best groupie”.
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Posted in Media on January 31, 2018
Local newspapers may soon be in line for a boost from an unlikely source, after Facebook decided to place greater prominence on local news even though it’s downgrading other Page content.
The social network recently de-prioritised news – and posts from seemingly any other Facebook Pages – from the newsfeed in favour of posts from friends.
But in something of an apparent volte face it will now also have a focus on “topics that have a direct impact on you and your community”, as head of news product Alex Hardiman and head of news partnerships Campbell Brown put it. Read the rest of this entry »