Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his thoughts on the future of digital journalism.
The social media platform is a rapidly growing player in the online news market and recently announced that a series of publishers, including BBC News and the New York Times, will be able to publish directly on the site.
In a Q&A on his Facebook blog, Zuckerberg responded to a question posed by Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.
Arianna Huffington: “Facebook has played a huge role in the digital publishing industry over the past few years. Based on everything you've learned, how do you think the way journalists and news organizations present their stories online will evolve over the next few years? And what types of products are you focused on in this space?”
Mark Zuckerberg: “I think there will be a couple of trends towards richness and speed / frequency.
“On richness, we're seeing more and more rich content online. Instead of just text and photos, we're now seeing more and more videos. This will continue into the future and we'll see more immersive content like VR. For now though, making sure news organizations are delivering increasingly rich content is important and it's what people want.
“On speed / frequency, traditional news is thoroughly vetted but this model has a hard time keeping us with important things happening constantly. There's an important place for news organizations that can deliver smaller bits of news faster and more frequently in pieces. This won't replace the longer and more researched work, and I'm not sure anyone has fully nailed this yet.”