85 percent of Americans use mobile devices to access news — and seniors are driving that number up

Most people in the U.S. — 85 percent of U.S. adults — have used a mobile device to access news at some point, up from around just 50 percent in 2013. But put aside any assumptions about which groups of people are responsible for the big increases. More than two thirds (67 percent) of Americans aged 65 and older get news on a mobile device (in 2016, that number was 43 percent; in 2013, it was 22 percent). Mobile news consumption among 50- to 64-year-olds also increased sharply over the past four years. These numbers are all according to a Pew Research study. Pew surveyed people in March of this year. Monday’s findings are part of a larger report published last month about the partisan divide in media consumption and perception of the role of media, which found that Democrats were driving an increase in use of mobile
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Why Storyhunter Is Launching Into Live-Streaming

On May 15, international journalist Carlos Beltran offered a glimpse into life in Venezuela that few will ever see firsthand. He was live-streaming from a protest in Caracas where a group of first-aid workers, the Casco Verdes – or Green Helmets – were prepared to respond to any violent clashes that took place that day. His reporting offered an intimate firsthand account of the political and economic crisis that has plagued Venezuela for nearly two decades. By live-streaming it on Storyhunter’s Periscope channel, his piece drew more than 100,000 views.

Storyhunter CEO Jaron Gilinsky.

Launched in 2012, Storyhunter is a platform through which production companies can connect to video journalists around the world. It bills itself as an “all-in-one freelance management solution,” because beyond facilitating relationships between companies and freelancers, the platform also helps manage the projects, contracts and payments. Those companies include AJ+, Fusion, CNN and the Weather Channel. Continue reading "Why Storyhunter Is Launching Into Live-Streaming"

The scariest chart in Mary Meeker’s slide deck for newspapers has gotten even a smidge scarier

It’s an annual moment of print realism here at Nieman Lab: The posting of the attention/advertising slide from Mary Meeker’s state-of-the-Internet slide deck. It’s enough of a tradition that I can now copy-and-paste from multiple versions of this post. Here’s a sentence from the 2013 version:
For those who don’t know it, Meeker — formerly of Morgan Stanley, at VC firm Kleiner Perkins since late 2010 — each year produces a curated set of data reflecting what she sees as the major trends in Internet usage and growth. It may be the only slide deck that qualifies as an event unto itself.
And a chunk from the 2014 version:
What’s useful about Meeker’s deck is that its core data serves as a punctuation mark on some big, ongoing trends. The kind of trends we all know are happening, but whose annual rate of progress can be hard to
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How NPR considers what new platforms — from smartwatches to fridges — will get its programming

Here is a (far from complete) list of places where you can listen to NPR programming: Your old school radio. Your car radio. Your smartphone. Your smartwatch. Your Amazon Echo. Your Google Home. Your refrigerator? If you own a Samsung Family Hub fridge (which features a giant screen on one of its doors), you can get a bulletin briefing of your calendar for the day, as well as an hourly news update, via NPR. (That’s in the United States. In Europe, the news partner is Upday; in Korea, it’s Kakao.) “Folks in the building have the same questions. I heard somebody talking about the fridge the other day — ‘Is that true, we’re on a fridge?’ I said, yeah,” Ha-Hoa Hamano, NPRs senior product manager, told me, amused at my excitement. (Full disclosure: I have an explicable obsession with this fridge thing, which we first Continue reading "How NPR considers what new platforms — from smartwatches to fridges — will get its programming"

How Technology Becomes ‘Irresistible,’ And What We Can Do to Resist

In 2015, a video of a group of sorority sisters at an Arizona Diamondbacks game went viral. The young women relentlessly took selfies while flipping their hair, making faces, and showing each other their phones. Presumably, a baseball game was taking place, but they hardly knew it. The action inspired a bit of banter between the television announcers. “That’s the best one of the 300 pictures I’ve taken of myself today!” one said. “Every girl in the picture is locked into her phone,” the announcer observed. “They’re all just completely transfixed by the technology…Can we do an intervention?” Watching these ladies felt like a scientific experiment — a chance to observe the American twenty-something in the grip of a powerful addiction when she doesn’t know she’s being watched. Many people, like the announcers, had a laugh at the women’s expense, while others criticized
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Study: More Americans than ever are getting their news on mobile, but there are huge partisan divides over the media’s proper role

It turns out that The Resistance to President Trump is accelerating changes in how many Americans — especially Democrats — are consuming news. Americans increasingly prefer to get their news on mobile devices and are accessing more national news, according to a study out Wednesday from the Pew Research Center. These changes are being driven by Democrats; the report also highlights a number of growing divisions in Democrats’ and Republicans’ attitudes about the media. Pew reports that 45 percent of U.S. adults now “often” get news on mobile devices. That’s an increase from 36 percent last year and 21 percent in 2013. The percentage of Americans who “often” get news on their laptop or desktop stayed practically the same from 2013 through 2017 with 31 percent of U.S. adults saying they “often” read or watch news in that way, according to Pew. In total, 85 percent of Americans now
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Futures Lab #192: Audio Sharing via SoundBYTE

SoundBYTE is a social app that allows users to record and share audio with followers around the world, 14 seconds at a time. We find out how it works from Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Dan Kearns. Reporting by Kexin Sun, Rachel Wise and Jessica King.

Additional information: The app is free and currently available only for iOS devices. Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update. RJI Futures Lab web bannerThe Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad app to watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new Continue reading "Futures Lab #192: Audio Sharing via SoundBYTE"