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Google’s Richard Gingras: We are at the beginning of a journalism renaissance

In a video of his recent talk at the Nieman Foundation, Gingras shares his thoughts on how newspapers can rethink their approach to distribution, work flows and innovation.

Richard Gingras, the head of news products for Google, visited the Nieman Foundation last Friday to talk about Google’s approach to news and information discovery, but also the pace of change in technology and how it has affected the future of news. Recently Gingras has spent time talking about his 8 questions that will define the future of journalism.

On Friday he said newspapers need to completely rethink their approach to news, how the design of their site responds to the flow of audience and the ways news companies can separate their business model and content model to help increase audience and generate revenues. Below you’ll find the full video of his talk.

“I do feel these are extraordinary times. I do feel that we in a sense are at the beginnings of a renaissance with regards to journalism,” he said. “I know that’s hard for many people to hear given the pain of the disruption to the traditional sources.”

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  • Ilya

    So, wait a minute.  Google has been stealing news content from years in the form of ‘links’, and has the guts to refer to the ‘pain of the disruption to the traditional sources?’  How about giving the newspapers some compensation for the decade of theft of content that populates Google ‘News’?

  • Nnby02

     restriction by law must impose on google !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brian Jansen

    isn’t it compensation when the people click the link and go to the news wesbite?

  • Drewgragg

    Theft? That’s when somebody takes something away so you don’t have it any more. Why do newspapers strive so hard to have Google notice them if it’s theft?