The website, journalgirl15.com, focuses on news media and entertainment. News Media is defined as an umbrella term for all sources of and presentation of news and information, including TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, web pages, and blogs. According to data research collected by Amy Mitchell from the Pew Research Center, at the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers. (Mitchell, 2015) Mitchell retrieved this information from Pew Research Center’s analysis of comScore data. Desktop users, as opposed to mobile users, spend more time on news and information sources per visit. This true for 10 of the sites out of the 50, the rest are equal in time. (Mitchell, 2015)
There are many news media apps for mobile users. According to former Digital Trends contributor, David Curry, there are 18 fast and fluid news apps for iPhone and android. The apps are as follows; New York Times Now, BuzzFeed, Smart News, Google News & Weather, Feedly, Flipboard, Yahoo News Digest, Reddit, Apple News, Inside, LinkedIn Pulse, AOL Mail, News, & Video, News Republic, Pocket, AP Mobile, BBC News, CNN App, and Al Jazeera English.
Curry wrote, “The past year has been all about the technology industry infiltrating the publication world. Facebook announced Instant Articles, Google launched an open source platform for publishers with Twitter, and Apple announced its own proprietary News app. At the same time, Flipboard, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL all issued major updates to their respective news apps, showing there is a lot of interest in the world of news on mobile platforms. That said, below are our top picks for the best news apps, whether you’re a die-hard news junkie or merely a casual purveyor of the world affairs”. (Curry, 2016)
In conclusion, news media sources are a part of everyday life because they inform people about what is going in the world. Mobile users have quick access to news media apps, and they can see news updates while on the go. For those who may not have a mobile phone, desktop computers allow for a more attentive view of the news. As mentioned before, out of 50 news sites 39 get more from mobile devices than from desktop computers. But, there only 10 where mobile visitors spend more time per visit on the site than desktop viewing.
Mitchell, A. (2015) State of the News Media 2015. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from www.journalism.org/2015/04/29/state-of-the-news-media-2015/.
Curry, D. (2016) 18 Fast and Fluid News Apps for iPhone and Android. Digital News. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-news-apps/.
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