Aug 17, 2015: Matthew Ingram: Fortune: Amazon: Dystopian nightmare, or just another successful tech company?
Apr 6, 2015: Matthew Ingram: Fortune: Rolling Stone's rape fiasco: A story too good to double-check
Mar 11, 2015: Columbia Journalism Review: Exit interview: Mathew Ingram
This morning, I asked senior writer Mathew Ingram, who joined Gigaom in 2010, about the collapse, what it says about digital media, and what it means to him. As Ingram covered media there, he is in the interesting position of being an analyst of the very forces that have put him temporarily out of work.
Dec 1, 2014: Matthew Ingram: GigaOm: Yes, newsrooms are shrinking — but journalism is growing
ON THE RECORD: Feb 8, 2012: Mathew Ingram (Gigaom) sends out this notice: " To the BBC and others: Twitter is not your competition." In summary, he reports "The BBC has issued a new directive to its journalists telling them they must post updates to editors first rather than breaking news on Twitter, another example of how traditional media entities are struggling with their relationship to Twitter in an era of real-time, distributed news." He says "Just a day after Sky News told its journalists they should not post any kind of breaking news to Twitter — and also blocked them from retweeting anyone but an official Sky News account — the BBC has released a new version of its social-media policies that also requires reporters to file updates to news editors first rather than posting breaking news to Twitter." Their concern is that by releasing breaking news to Twitter, it is also released to other news venues. However, says Ingram. "One of the realities of a world in which distribution of content — including news — has been fundamentally democratized is that the value of a “scoop” or breaking news update is declining rapidly. The half-life of that kind of news is so short, and it becomes a commodity so quickly, that there is little value in trying to protect it for very long (although some are trying hard to do so via the courts). Look at it this way: if a single tweet from someone on your staff gives away enough of the value of your story that you have to forbid it, you have a lot bigger problems than just breaking news on Twitter."
Mathew covers media in all its forms — social and otherwise — as well as web culture and related issues. He is an award-winning journalist who has spent the past 15 years writing about business, technology and new media as a reporter, columnist and blogger. Prior to joining Gigaom, he was a blogger and technology writer for the Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto, and was also the paper’s first online Communities Editor. Mathew is one of the founders of mesh, Canada’s leading web conference.