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Kristine Lowe
Blogger-Journalist writing about media, tech and all things digital. Founder 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
War, controversy, public outcry, murder: Now that Belgium’s De Persgroep is set to buy the remains of what was once Monty’s Mecom a very coulourful chapter of European media history is about to end. Danish employees are, understandably, reported to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Kristine Lowe
For a nethead and digerati like myself, 2014 was a year of ironies. For one, if I was to name the go-to-tool that played the most piovotal role for me at work last year, it has to be post-it-notes -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Kristine Lowe
This Friday the very last edition of The Journalist’s 98 year old print magazine was published, thereby ending a chapter in Norwegian press history. Due to the general decline in media advertisement and an increasingly difficult financial situation, the trade... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Kristine Lowe
In Scandinavia, one of this year’s most talked about and controversial media «innovations» has been the surge in new sites copying key aspects of Buzzfeed’s self-dubbed «art of social publishing». This week Nieman Journalism Lab has an interesting piece on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Kristine Lowe
Negative emotions are the most powerful inner trigger for habit-forming actions: «When we're depressed we go to Facebook. When we’re bored we go to YouTube. When we’re stuck, we Google it – these are all responses to internal triggers.» So,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Kristine Lowe
I’ve been pondering how news find us anno 2014 for a while and will blog more in-depth about this later, but I just had a very interesting experience which illustrates how things are changing: So, I catch up on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Kristine Lowe
Thanks, Jonas. No physical pain involved, just the uncomfortable and trying job of changing deeply ingrained habits and attitudes :-) Sunnaas' prescriptions involved a hefty dose of mindfulness, meditation, exercise and confronting some old demons. I've written more on this here (in Norwegian): One of the biggest challenges of the last year has been that I've had to learn to put my health before everything else (as opposed to work and writing) and learn to relax, a process which left precious little time and energy for blogging as this project of mine for a more sustainable lifestyle (healthwise) combined with my job took all my energy and time. But as my new habits get more set and my health has improved, the result is more energy, me being more effective and eventually creating more room to write and blog again.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2014 on On coming full circle at Kristine Lowe
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"You know, we really prefer to talk to people who’ve come full circle," a magazine journalist who interviewed me last summer told me (or something to the tune of this). The story still made the cover of the magazine in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Kristine Lowe
Finally picking up blogging here again, after a six month hiatus, regular readers might notice my blog has a new design (if you’re not all reading this blog via RSS-feed only). The reason? April’s DDoS-attack on Typepad, which, as I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Kristine Lowe
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’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