The Future of Mobile News

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Amy Mitchell, deputy director for the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, discusses Pew's State of the News Media 2012 report and its findings on mobile devices. 


Amy Mitchell

Comments [11]

pordy from Madison, NJ

just an FYI- the WNYC app is too unstable (check itunes reviews) and the NPR news app is far superior for my uses (streaming current broadcasts). There might be other benefits of it but I never use it.

Mar. 21 2012 10:39 AM
Oscar from Brooklyn

My iphone has made my news consumption rise because the barrier of entry is so low. I used to never listen to Weekend Edition because I prefer to wake up late on the weekends, now I can wake up late and it is 8am somewhere. It is not uncommon for my wife and I to tune into West Coast streams to get the weekend news fix.

On the flip side, it has made WNYC fund drives all the more irritable. A stream ought to be provided for contributing members with out all the dreadful fund raising talk.

Mar. 20 2012 10:44 AM
Brandon Neubauer

Hey People,

Just wanted to put a shout out for the HootSuite app for iPhone (and probably Droid) used with Instapaper built in. I have all of my twitter feeds organized into lists and for longer'ish articles I send them to Instapaper. I had been searching for the right combination of tools and these two together are unstoppable!

Mar. 20 2012 10:42 AM
Not Moses (I have no tablets)

The idea of a paywall for the Times (in particular) is not a problem for me...I am, after all, a public radio member paying for something I could get for free.

What IS a problem is how they structured the paywall, including a tablet in every option. They obviously believe tablets are the future and decided to price their product in a way that encourages that trend.

Mar. 20 2012 10:42 AM
john from Brooklyn

Sadly, it seems the NY Times doesn't allow a tablet-only subscription. Wouldn't that be the way to go?

Mar. 20 2012 10:39 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Americans were better off when we only got half an hour newscasts on TV a day back in the mid-1950s, and those who were interested in News read newspapers. Most people read the comic strips or the sports pages in the back. When news became a "profit center" on TV, rather than a service, we ended up with this "24 hours news cycle" nonsense driving people crazy. It also meant more manufacturing of "news" as well.

Personally I get most of my news from PRESS.TV (Iranian state TV) and AL Jazeera :) Also Deutsche Welle (DW).

Mar. 20 2012 10:34 AM
bernie from bklyn

i have an idea to increase excellence in journalism- eliminate the use of crowd sourcing as a credible source of facts. who cares what people think? we want our journalists to present facts and obtain information that the common man wouldn't know about. THAT is your job- not displaying and discussing what 'ira from staten island' thinks about an issue or how some random people use their i-phone. who gives a sh*!?
what's next brian, a call-in segment discussing who's a morning person and who's a night owl? people love to talk about themselves and their insignificant opinions and the only ones who care are brian lehrer and the person giving their opinion.

Mar. 20 2012 10:33 AM
bob from huntington

One of the more annoying aspects I've encountered in reading the New York Times on my ipad is when my finger accidentally drifts over an ad which is suddenly launched and disrupts my reading experience. It does not make me feel particularly good about this particular business model.

Mar. 20 2012 10:32 AM
Charles Maraia from NYC

I've been an iPad owner from day 1, and I just bought the new one. I thought I'd read the NY Times with it, but I still enjoy the paper version and read it every day the old fashioned way.

I listen to WNYC every day, and watch The news on TV at night. I do look online and research further something I read or watch or listen. I have been on Facebook for 4 years, but hardly refer to what my friend's post, although I will click on something that seems important or interesting.

Mar. 20 2012 10:29 AM
Jeb from Greenpoint

I get 50% of my news via a mobile device, but in every format I enjoy Google's feed to get a sense of how different outlets and different countries frame the day's stories -- it's fascinating to read twelve versions of headlines for one story.

For long-form journalism in the Times, New Yorker, etc., I still need a desktop/laptop/tablet.

And I NEVER use Huffpo because I'd like journalism to exist in 10 years.

Mar. 20 2012 10:28 AM
Bro-ton from Brooklyn


Mar. 20 2012 10:26 AM

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