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Mobile facts law firm publishers ought to keep in mind

7348035690_73473f4edc_zFrédéric Filloux (@filloux), the general manager for digital operations at Les Echos, the leading business media group in France shares that by the end of 2014, many news media will collect around 50% of their page views via mobile devices (smart phones and tablets). Though Filloux is reporting on the news media, not law firm … Continue Reading

Could law firm content become a joke?

law firm content ghostwritersContent used to be king, now it’s the joker, says Amy Westervelt (@amywestervelt), a writer for various magazines and co-founder of Climate Confidential (@climatereporter), in a wonderful post from earlier this week. Over the past year, I’ve contributed a half dozen more stories to Not under my own name, but as a ghost writer … Continue Reading

Legal content marketing : Information overload or lack of engagement?

Information overload on legal content blogsAccording to the recently released Digital and Content Marketing Survey, corporate lawyers often feel overwhelmed with the amount of content being produced by law firms today. The implication being that law firms need to focus on an editorial strategy, curation, and corporate journalism techniques, among other things, to stand out from the crowd. More than … Continue Reading

Will we see the death of traditional media for law firm influence?

Media institutions law firmsPolitico’s media blogger, Dylan Byers (@dylanbyers), is predicting the death of the Sunday morning news shows that for decades have set the tone in American politics. The public affairs shows — “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation” and “This Week” — used to set the agenda for the nation’s capital with their news-making interviews and … Continue Reading

Legal publishers and journalists need to rethink business with rise of law blogs

Blogs legal publishingI follow developments in the journalism business because there is so much to be learned here as to future of legal blogging. Not only as to legal blogs themselves, but also how blogs will intersect with legal journalism and legal publishing going forward. The Nieman Journalism Lab’s Joshua Benton (@jbenton) shared a wonderful piece this morning … Continue Reading

Flipboard Doubles as Legal Publishing Platform for Niche Interests

KirkJenkinsFlipboardAttorney Kirk Jenkins (@kirkcjenkins) of Sedgwick is already a leading expert on appellate matters and the Illinois Supreme Court, but the social RSS reader Flipboard allows him to expand beyond the followers of his blog, The Appellate Strategist. “It occurred to me almost immediately that for my marketing plan and the brand that I’m promoting that … Continue Reading

Zite has left the building : News app popular among lawyers acquired by Flipboard

20140305-195606.jpgZite, which I’ve described as a Pandora for content, has been acquired by Flipboard. Zite, which had previously been acquired by CNN, was popular among lawyers because of its ability to curate news and information on niche subjects. As opposed to having to subscribe to feeds from various sources and on key phrases on a … Continue Reading

Bloomberg Law App fails to include law blogs?

20140223-181430.jpgBloomberg Law, Bloomberg BNA’s flagship legal and business intelligence, news, and research platform, announced Friday the release of its law app which will provide seamless access to personalized legal content. From Joe Breda, Executive Vice President, Product, at Bloomberg BNA: From meetings with clients to arguments in court, our clients need to access their Bloomberg … Continue Reading

ALM shutters Law Blog Network

20140220-222530.jpgAs Bob Ambrogi reports, ALM will be shutting down their Law Blog Network later this year.’s editor Nathalie Gorman told Ambrogi in email: When we first started the Blog Network, it was a great way for us to help legal blogs get off the ground and get the advertising dollars that they … Continue Reading

Are legal publishers being disintermediated?

Gary Rodrigues, a publishing industry consultant and former executive with LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters, asks this morning if Wikipedia can provide free access to the law, what is left for legal publishers WestLaw, LexisNexis, and Wolters Kluwer . Rodrigues needed to address a complicated issue involving German and Canadian tax law. A lawyer, but without … Continue Reading

WordPress strikes back against censorship

WordPress and it’s co-founder, Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt), are all about democratizing publishing. So when it comes to those attempting to censor WordPress users and authors it’s only natural that WordPress would fight back. This week, Automattic, owner of, brought suit against two parties attempting to chill free speech via improper DMCA notices. Under the … Continue Reading

Americans increasingly getting news from social media : Bodes well for law firms who blog

Americans are increasingly getting their news via social media according to the latest study from the Pew Research Journalism Project. The percentage of a respective social network’s users who get news from the network varies dramatically with Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook leading the way. You also need to look at the percentage of Americans using … Continue Reading

Elsevier’s online-only publishing signals opportunities for lawyers and other professionals

Elsevier’s Gaëlle Hull announced today the launch of a new journal, the Journal of Water Process Engineering. No story in a new publication from Elsevier. Part of Reed-Elsevier (LexisNexis parent), the company is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products, including 2,000 journals. The story is that this journal is an online-only … Continue Reading