Mobile news has become one of the leading ways for Americans to receive their everyday news. In fact mobile news consumption jumped from 54% to 72% in the last few years alone.
With the ability to access information on mobile devices, people are increasingly consuming mobile news and show no sign of slowing down.
History of Traditional News
News has historically been distributed through print, radio, and television.
In America, news publications started with printed news – with the Boston News Letter in 1707, the first continuously published newspaper in America. The Industrial Revolution dramatically increased the number of published newspapers, causing print news to become increasingly successful.
With the invention of the radio, the public started listening to news instead of reading it. The first radio news broadcast was in 1920, by station 8MK in Detroit, Michigan.
This was then followed by television news in the 1940s, which started with short 15-minute news broadcasts.
All of these news outlets are still prominent, allowing consumers to choose whether they wish to read, listen to, or watch their news.
These various forms of news were combined with the invention of the desktop computer. As the computer has evolved from the Z3 computer in 1941 to the Macbook, computers have grown to provide access to news in all forms.
But before the genesis of mobile, news was not readily accessible.
The Invention of Mobile
The first smartphone debuted in 1992, revolutionizing the way we access information. Now, mobile devices provide us with the capabilities of a computer, but in a more convenient fashion.
Mobile devices have completely changed the way people connect with media, each other, and the world – especially with news. We always have immediate access to unlimited information right at our fingertips.
With the evolution of mobile devices also comes numerous ways of receiving mobile news. News can now be distributed through texts, emails, apps, social media, podcasts, and websites.
The Limitations of Traditional News
The most restrictive element of traditional news is its inaccessibility. Print, radio and televised news are limited in terms of quantity and where they can be accessed or distributed.
Publishers typically put our multiple editions of a newspaper throughout the week week. If one were to stay up to date with this type of news, the reader would have to keep up with numerous paper copies. Bringing your newspaper everywhere with you could be inconvenient, especially if you are carrying more than one copy.
Radio news can be mobile, but only by carrying a portable radio or listening in the car. Since radio news is not constantly broadcasted, the listener doesn’t have access to the news whenever they want.
Televised news is only accessible when and where a TV is present. This form of news is not portable, making it inconvenient in terms of when you can access news. This type of news is also only broadcasted at certain times, similar to radio news.
Unlike print, radio, and televised news, the beauty of receiving mobile news is that it is easily accessible – whenever and wherever. No matter the time or location, there is always full access to mobile news.
Advantages of Mobile News
We live in a fast-paced society, where consumers demand content right away. People can access news through numerous platforms in real-time when utilizing their mobile devices.
- Real-Time Reports: A huge advantage of mobile news is access to weather and traffic reports. Before people head outside or get on the road, they can access all of the potential conditions they may encounter. This allows people to plan ahead and be safer on the roads.
- Location-Based Services: Location-based services on mobile devices allow mobile news outlets to cater content to a user’s specific geographic location. This driving factor of mobile behavior enhances the user’s experience because the news is relevant to the user’s location, showing updates the user would find helpful and relevant.
- Selective Content: Mobile news allows you to pick and choose the news you want to view. People are no longer subject to viewing irrelevant news while waiting for the news they want to view.
- News Sharing: The ability to share news is one of the major benefits of mobile news. People can share content with others across mobile devices. Live videos, such as on Facebook, have gained popularity, allowing users to view what is happening in real-time. Mobile news on social media tells stories as they are happening and allows users to instantly connect via comments.
Examples of Mobile News
Mobile devices have become the most prominent outlet to distribute news through emails, apps, social media, and push notifications sent directly to phones.
1. Daily Email Services
Need2Know, theSkimm, and The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet are examples of daily email services that provide summaries of important news to subscribers. These e-newsletters allow users to receive news updates through emails that can be viewed at any time on their mobile devices.
2. Mobile Apps
News outlets, like CNN, have mobile apps that allow viewers to continuously access their content. Consumers no longer have to wait until news is aired on television, rather they can access their news on their own time or even reread an article if desired.
3. Social Media
Social media is a popular way for people to receive quick updates on news. Social media platforms provide trending news happening around the world for their users. People can easily click on links to read more on news providers’ websites, or share news with others.
4. Push Notifications
News providers can send push notifications through their apps to provide news updates on people’s smartphones. Instead of searching for news, users can have relevant news content delivered straight to them.
As mobile capabilities continuously evolve, people will continue to change the way in which they access news on their mobile devices.