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What does Changing Media mean for You?

Cross-platform apps, the survival of linear TV and the where next for the 1bn+ global mobile users were amongst the key themes discussed at the Guardian Changing Media Summit 2011 today.

Hit the North took time out from a pressing deadline for Simonseks’ Lakes Expert project to report back from the event for Glyndwr University.

See images from the event at my Flickr photostream.

Serious soundbites

I’ll be posting more links over the days to come but, by way of a summary, try the following for size from the talking heads on the panel:

  • “People is the new content and influence is the new distribution.” Troy Young, SAY Media
  • “Quality will soon trump SEO.” Troy Young, SAY Media
  • “Vision without execution, is hallucination” Ralph Rivera, BBC
  • “The revolution will not be televised. It will be tweeted.” Ralph Rivera, BBC
  • “Nobody wants crap. Even if it’s free crap.” Stevie Spring, Future Publishing
  • “News is a commodity but journalism is an art – an art worth paying for.” Christian Hernandez, Facebook
  • “Mobile has to become the dominant channel. The shift is as big as shift from print to desktop.” Rob Grimshaw, FT.com.
  • “Fremium is such a stupid word. Should be fun enough to play, funner to pay.” Mattias Miksche, Stardoll Media
  • “To harness the technology in the right way, it’s all about the content.” Catherine Powell, Disney
  • “If companies don’t have a mobile strategy, they don’t have a future strategy.” Ian Carrington, Google
  • “Content is still king. Journalism still matters. An optimistic note to end on.” Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent

In pictures

For a more graphic representation of the talking shop, try the this wordle.

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And this rough-cut video blog for a taste of the event.

Your shout

I’ll update this post with more links from the event organsiers. Meanwhile, tell me what you thought of the event and the key themes discussed.

Please paste your comments below.


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Is Chester safe after dark?

I’m not much of a night owl these days. With a small child at home, I’m more likely to be found reading bedtime stories than out on the town.

An article on the Guardian’s website caught my eye, however. The piece about Chester’s budget eats is more top-10 standard fare. Some of the tips are pretty decent, although Cestrians may baulk at inclusion of DeliKate (below, right) with its surly staff.


But the comments section – you gotta love the comments section – provides a more stimulating read, especially the bit about Chester par nuit. Try this for size:

‘In the evening the town centre seems to be entirely populated by youths in Corsa’s and Saxo’s driving at breakneck speed and slowing down only to stick their pimply little heads out the window to shout racial abuse and tell you to go home.’

I’m hardly a regular at the Cruise nightclub, or often found propping up the bar in Brannigans, but is Chester really that bad after dark?

The comments come soon after local tourism authorities revealed plans for a £20m economic boost to the city, aiming to of attract an extra 200,000 visitors.

The centrepiece of the initiative is Rhino Mania, a project involving 70 life-size fibreglass rhinos to form a tourist trail around the city.

Hoodies in Corsas or rhinos hiding in the bushes – has anyone else had a bad experience in Chester after dark?

And is this harming Chester’s image as a tourist-spot city?

Post your comments below.


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