The Courier Mail’s home page editor, Dave Earley, recently spoke to the Online Journalism class about the need to grow and maintain an online readership. He considered the reasons more and more people are getting their news from online sources: they use the internet to access up-to-the-minute news, instantly, and in short bursts, as opposed to relaxing with the Sunday paper.
I was quite shocked to learn that according to a recent World Bank report, 75% of the world now has easier access to a mobile phone than to a bank, electricity or clean water. Dave explained that because of this growth in mobile phone usage, news Apps are playing a greater role in journalism than ever before.
I have used my mobile phone on occasion to access the websites of news organisations, but each time I have struggled to navigate through the website on my tiny little screen. As a result, I usually accept defeat and read the newspaper instead. I think I shall have a look at some of these Apps – I’ll let you know how it goes!