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Kristine Lowe
Oslo
Blogger-Journalist writing about media, tech and all things digital. Also in charge of Norwegian Online News Association (NONA)
Interests: Travel, journalism, blogging, books, food & wine, dogs. Exploring new ideas, places, stories, technology, myths and realities. Figuring out what moves the world and what makes people tick.
Recent Activity
Food for thought from high profile Norwegian news presenter Odd Reider Solem (from interview with regional BT via Thor Bjarne Bore, in my hasty translation): - You were one of the first journalists to graduate from DH Volda in 1973.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
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Schibsted-owned Aftenposten raises the paywall. From 12pm today (about now) non-subscribers can only read eight online articles a week before they have to pay for online access. Digital subscribers have to pay about £20 per month (with today's exchange rate).... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
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Hyperlocal news stories, such as "New shelf at Tesco's", shared 50,000 times on Facebook in ten days - despite the news site producing them serving a muncipality of only 2000 and recording an average of 8000 daily unique users. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
Well, what did you know: While journalists all over the world unsuccessfully were chasing interviews with the mother of Norwegian soloterrorist Anders Behring Breivik, she was giving almost daily interviews to NRK's former Russia correspondent Marit Christensen. That much was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
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Yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of the twin terror attack that killed 77 people in Oslo and on Utöya in 2011. The terror of that day still feels unfathomable, surreal. To some extent, more so now than when the terrible... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
Meet the blogger who changed the law, sort of. Or whose case at least prompted Norwegian legislators to introduce legal amendments to allow for the Internet to be treated as a public place. This story really, truly, beggars belief, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
Well, would you have believed: Just as you thought the media was becoming more industrialised than ever. Just as the steady stream of cost cuts, lay-offs, consolidation, online traffic partnerships and industrial scale copy-paste-steal practice popularly dubbed aggregation reached new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
"You can’t bring about innovation with disruption," a friend of mine likes to say. Luckily, I’ve also gleamed some valuable insights on exactly how to go about changing what I myself like to call dysfunctional organisations from her, or how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
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Add meetings, presentations and report-writing that title pretty much sums up my week.It's been a week with a slightly dizzying pace, very intense, but, although I started it in the doctor's office, I got a lot of important things done,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
After introducing a "hard" paywall in November 2011, tiny local newspaper Hallingdölen in Ål, Norway, boasts of its best financial year ever in 2012. The name of its businessmodel? "Ål inclusive" (the term refers to how only paying subscribers can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
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Here's a book I just discovered is hot off the press today, a book I've been working as a bit of a backstage assistant for, and am delighted to finally see published. It's a history of Norwegian blogging, and the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
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This might be old news if you follow me on any of my Norwegian social media profiles, but I thought I'd take a few minutes to explain the radio silence on this blog last month: I was tired of my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
Thank you! As for the book: No, no entire book, will clarify in the post. I've been involved with the very same anthology you've been writing for, but only as a consultant - and I think it's come together really nice. All the different voices tell their part of the story, and complement each other in a really good way - which in one way mirrors the blogging history better than one book written by one author would.
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Now, here’s a really pleasant surprise which really made my day on Thursday: This blog is included on Journalism.co.uk’s terrific list of 50 blogs by journalists, for journalists. The news reached me when I was at the mercy of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
A post about the recent bankruptcies of high street chains HMV, Blockbuster and Jessops - brands which holds a lot of memories with me - made me think back to a a favourite video which bears revisiting. "Where-ever there is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
What if readers could just add a plugin to their browsers and instantly correct factual or grammatical errors on various news sites? Would they bother? Would news sites ever welcome such an innovation and use it to correct their content?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
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This is the view that greets me when I arrive at work each day, an amazing view I don't think I'll ever tire of (a bit more about my current job in my new year greeting): And this is the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
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It’s good to see journalism school books and primers finally being updated to reflect the new challenges and opportunities of our age. A good example of this is a book which arrived in my mail box just before Christmas: Now,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Kristine Lowe
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Here's wishing you all a wonderful 2013! I think I made this card for new year 2009, as the world economy was in a complete mess after the 2008 bank crisis etc, then I didn't post it as I thought... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at Kristine Lowe
"You don't often hear the chairman of a new British newspaper publisher begin his launch press conference by saying how inspirational things are in Norway," Peter Preston writes in today's Observer. He's writing about former Mecom-boss David Montgomery's newest media... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Kristine Lowe
Struggling to get your entire news organisation enthusiastic about the possibilities inherent in big data sets? Texas Tribune has the answer. I can’t recall just how many times the terms "data journalism" or "computer assisted reporting (CAR)" have elicited big... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Kristine Lowe
Emily Bell interviewing Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was one of the highlights of ONA12 – and the session also revealed some good news in store. Twitter is working to create better event curation tools for journalists; Costolo promised we will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Kristine Lowe
Given all the different European press codes and national challenges, what should a European website for recording media transgressions focus on to be most useful? That was the question at a media bloggers’ seminar in Bristol, organised by the EU-funded... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at Kristine Lowe
Here's a few links I've been thinking about recently (and had open in my web browser for ages). Obviously I need to find a new bookmarking site to my liking, after Delicious got all pearshaped I've been unable to make... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at Kristine Lowe
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Modern newsagents are diversifying as quickly as they can it seems. I just came across this fascinating photo I snapped last year because I was stunned by how many different services and goods this London newsagent sold. Is there a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at Kristine Lowe