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58% of US adults say they have a smartphone — and other sobering stats from Pew

Pew Research Center

As an online journalist I think it’s sometimes easy to forget that the mobile revolution hasn’t put a smartphone in the pocket of every American yet. Read more

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At Circa, it’s not about ‘chunkifying’ news but adding structure

You sometimes hear what we do at Circa described as “chunkifying” — taking the news and presenting it in mobile-friendly chunks. And while on the surface this observation is correct, it misses the bigger picture.

Yes, each “point” of Circa is a single unit of news — something designated as a fact, quote, statistic, event or image. We thread these points together to tell stories. The end result is succinct and allows us to track which points a reader has consumed, powering our unique “follow” feature.

But I often respond to talk of chunkifying by pointing out that what we’re really doing at Circa is adding structure to information — and it could be the most powerful thing we do. Indeed, there’s an increasing amount of discussion around “atoms” of news. But the interesting thing about those atoms of news isn’t that they’re short — that’s another surface observation. The interesting thing is how those atoms combine. Read more

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PoynterVision: Why News Corp acquired Storyful

Raju Narisetti, senior vice president and deputy head of strategy at News Corp, explains the reasons behind News Corp’s $25 million acquisition of Storyful in December. Many newsrooms have adopted Storyful to help them verify social media and video content. Watch the video to hear how Narisetti, who came to Poynter for the Future of News Audiences conference Jan. 26-27, sees Storyful’s verification tools fit into News Corp’s larger strategy.


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Why the mobile-preview feature in BuzzFeed’s CMS should matter to you

When Dao Nguyen forgot to check a piece she wrote on a mobile device before it went live, she knew BuzzFeed had a problem. Nguyen is BuzzFeed’s vice president of growth and data, and “obviously it’s not my job to write a post,” she said by phone. But writing a big list post is a lot of work, she said, and previewing it on a non-desktop platform was a task easily forgotten.

Now when BuzzFeed authors click the preview button in their CMS, they see what their posts will look like on mobile devices as well as on desktop computers when they preview them, Nguyen said. That’s a fix that’s important for the site’s readers’ experiences, because sometimes writers use “embeds and large graphics that don’t scale down to mobile-sized screens,” Chris Johanesen, BuzzFeed’s vice president of product, said on the same call.

But it’s also important for BuzzFeed’s business: “Very often people discover our content on their phones,” she said. 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, but CNN’s 40 percent is impressive for a general news organization — one known to take particular advantage of softer content. “We’ve been saying 2014 is going to be the year that we go over 50 percent for mobile usage,” said Meredith Artley, CNN Digital’s managing editor.

I wondered if CNN was shifting resources away from apps and toward the mobile web, especially in light of reports like the latest from Flurry Analytics that indicate news apps struggle to compete with social media apps for mobile users’ attention. (Flurry found use of social/messaging apps grew 203 percent in 2013, compared with just 31 percent in the news/magazines category.)

But Artley told me via phone she doesn’t get caught up in the ever-shifting rhetoric surrounding mobile apps:

One month, they’re dead, they’re hard, they’re expensive, you have to get approval, they’re closed off.

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PoynterVision: Mobile web is baseline for news

Every news organization should have a mobile web presence, Allen Klosowski, vice president of mobile and connected devices at video advertising firm SpotXchange, told Poynter during his visit for a NewsU webinar. He explains why mobile web should be the first consideration before apps and e-books.

View a free replay of Klosowski’s NewsU webinar about how to monetize mobile revenue using the promo code: 13POYNTER100MOBILE.


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Future of Digital: Business Insider’s crystal ball

Business Insider

In case you missed it, Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget and its BI Intelligence research service distilled a slew of digital trends for its Ignition event earlier this month, trends that news organizations might ponder and act on.

In a slide deck posted Nov. 12, the news site identified these major movements in the marketplace: Read more

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What mobile journalists should have on their holiday shopping lists

Here are a few ideas for the mobile journalist’s holiday wish list as news production increasingly relies less on expensive, high-end cameras and laptops. Read more

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PoynterVision: Size of news outlets impacts mobile story approach

Large media organizations face different mobile challenges from smaller ones. Structure also matters; a large organization like NPR will approach a project differently from a large but more disbursed one like Digital First Media. Allen Klosowski, vice president of mobile and connected devices at video advertising firm SpotXchange, offers insights on tackling mobile-packaged stories based on his experience as former senior director of mobile and social media at Digital First Media.

Watch a free replay of Klosowski’s NewsU webinar on how to monetize mobile revenue  using this discount code: 13POYNTER100MOBILE.

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PoynterVision: Measuring mobile traffic

Measuring mobile traffics is challenging: how do you compare mobile and desktop traffic? Allen Klosowski, vice president of mobile and connected devices at video advertising company SpotXchange, shares how he calculated mobile metrics when he was senior director of mobile and social media at Digital First Media.

Watch a free replay of Klosowski’s NewsU webinar on how to monetize mobile revenue using this discount code: 13POYNTER100MOBILE. Read more

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