Robin Neidorf Concluding the FreePint Topic Series "News, and Other Commodities"
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By Robin Neidorf


Find out why you should read the Index Report and commentary on the FreePint Topic Series "News, and Other Commodities" where we carried out original research into three key areas of news, reviewed key tools, analysed vendor landscapes, gave insights into specialist areas of news, and identified news sources available in emerging markets.


FreePint Topic Series: News, and Other CommoditiesAre news databases a viable standalone product, with a significant enough market to keep them competitive five years from now? As we conclude our October - December 2015 Topic Series, "News, and Other Commodities", it seems unlikely.

This is one of many critical ideas we developed, researched and discussed with customers during this Series, and I look forward to continuing to explore these changes in our industry in dialogue with you.

Handy Index Report

All content in the Topic Series is organised by theme in our just published Index Report:

This is a great resource for you to find the content most relevant to you. You'll find the abstracts for all articles and reports under these headings:

  • Strategy and Tools
  • Product Reviews and Q&As with Vendors - including Avention/OneSource, Bureau van Dijk and Factiva  
  • Market Landscapes - from Aggregation Platforms to People Information
  • Specialist Subjects - from Creating Successful Newsletters to Online Video for Research
  • Geographies - from China to West Africa 
  • Original Research (News Needs & Preferences; Private Company Information; Web Usage Policies)

Even Faster, with Commentary - Summary Article by our Co-Producer

If you want a fast overview of the findings of the Series, check out this summary Subscription Article, written by Series co-producer Anja Thygesen. In it she highlights:

  • New sources and "tried and true" - how to evaluate and choose?
  • What does the market landscape look like for company, financial, social, industry and people information?
  • How do the main products perform when tested by our researchers?
  • What can an information manager do to truly understand users' needs for content and delivery of news content, and how to meet those needs more effectively and cost-effectively?

Looking Forward to Next Year

We've had customer feedback that many would find it more helpful to get insight on the news sector further in advance of end-of-year budget and contract work. In 2016, we'll be conducting our Research Focus relating to news starting in July rather than October.

Keep up-to-date through the free, twice-monthly FreePint Newsletter - if you aren't yet receiving it.

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