Mobile Media

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How small screens impact photojournalism — and tips for adapting

On Sunday morning, before I got out of bed, I started reading a story from The New York Times on my phone. I found it via Twitter, naturally, and enjoyed Freda Moon's account of a journey from Chicago to New Orleans aboard a vintage Pullman sleeper car. But halfway through the story, I realized I had … Read More
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Quantcast: Social drives 34 percent of mobile Web traffic, 17 percent of desktop traffic

Quantcast Nearly 4 in 5 news and entertainment sites are optimized for mobile devices, according to a new report by Web analytics firm Quantcast. And those sites see an average of 33 percent of their overall traffic come from mobile devices, while sites that aren't mobile-optimized see an average of 28 percent of traffic from mobile. That correlation could have big implications for social media strategy, too, as Quantcast found that social accounted for 34 percent of mobile referrals, twice as much as social accounted for on desktop. Read More
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News in motion: six ways to be a good mobile editor

So you want to be a mobile editor? Or maybe you just got the gig. Congratulations! Now what? I've heard that question a lot lately from newly minted mobile editors at organizations big and small. It's not that surprising. Mobile has been the coming future of news and information for a long time, but many news outlets only woke up … Read More
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Does it matter that mobile-native Quartz has a mobile-minority audience?

As much as mobile is poised to keep growing in 2014, old desktop habits die hard — especially during business hours. That leaves Quartz, Atlantic Media's 18-month-old business site, with a fascinating hand after going all-in on mobile. Despite its birth to founders intent on nurturing its appeal to smartphone and tablet users, Quartz finds that almost 60 percent … Read More
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Has 'curate' replaced 'aggregate' as the default term for summarizing other people's news?

While exploring the new Inside.com app, which collects content from a variety of news organizations and summarizes stories in a maximum of 300 characters, I wasn’t surprised to see the term “curators” in its App Store description. But I was a little surprised to see the term regurgitated without question in so many news stories about Inside — at Time, at TechCrunch, at Capital New York, at the Next Web, at CNET. Curation’s a lofty term for summarizing other journalists' reporting — even for high-level summarizing from multiple sources, which doesn’t seem to be Inside’s M.O. So let’s call it what it is, even if the term comes with some baggage: aggregation. Read More
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As CNN mobile traffic hits 40%, editor calls web vs. apps debate 'red herring'

CNN announced last week that mobile page views accounted for 40 percent of its overall traffic, the result of equally emphasizing its mobile website and mobile apps even as some in the industry remain stuck in an either-or debate. ESPN's traffic crossed the 50 percent mobile threshold late last year and BuzzFeed's traffic is also majority mobile, … Read More
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Web app Relay makes multimedia reporting presentable during breaking news

With Relay, a new platform for live blogging in all its forms, Randy Abramson hopes he has solved a problem for news organizations in need of a central, well-designed hub for multimedia in breaking-news situations. Abramson is director of audio/video for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other U.S. government-backed broadcasting organizations. His background includes stints at Newsweek.com and the Star-Ledger. In his current, more strategic role, Abramson has been able to step back and evaluate how news organizations overall cover breaking news. He said coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the Washington Navy Yard shootings convinced him that news organizations are well-prepared for news gathering in terms of staffing levels and reporting tools. But the trouble, he said, is that the presentation is so often lacking, especially on tablets and smartphones. Read More
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Chicago startup Rivet News Radio echoes Zite and Pandora for audio news

Text-based journalism has Flipboard and Zite. Music has Pandora. Video has YouTube. Tapping into elements of all these services for a different form of media is Rivet News Radio, the first product from Chicago-based startup HearHere Radio LLC, which launched earlier this month. The Rivet app — iOS only for now — taps into two of the day's biggest buzzwords in echoing other new media successes: mobile-friendliness and customizability. It occupies an aural space somewhere between podcasts that you deliberately seek out and radio news that you listen to just because it's on and you're trapped in traffic during your commute. Read More