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#Podcast: Digital edition lessons and case studies for publishers

October 11th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast

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On two days in July, mobile traffic to the BBC News website and app was, for the first time, higher than desktop traffic. Indeed, in some parts of the world, mobile traffic regularly outstrips that of desktop.

Ever since Apple’s Newsstand launched two years ago, the importance of well-produced digital editions has been growing and magazines and newspapers continue to experiment.

From live, in-app updates to streams of content and multimedia embedded in PDF pageturners, this podcast looks at some case studies and lessons learned in what works best for publications and their audiences.

We speak to:

  • Alex Watson, director of product for tablet and apps, Dennis Publishing
  • Mike Goldsmith, editor-in-chief of digital editions, Future Publishing
  • Patrick Salien, digital manager, Het Nieuwsblad
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#Tip: Check out interesting news app study findings

August 9th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists


Pandodaily has reported on a study by Localytics which offers some interesting findings on apps, which may be of interest to news publishers working on launching mobile and/or tablet apps.

Key findings from the study, according to Pandodaily’s report, include:

  • That time spent with news apps on tablet devices said to be “50 times” higher than mobiles
  • That “80 percent of content shares from apps happen by email”
  • And that the amount of time spent with apps is said to have fallen 26 per cent
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#Podcast: Lessons from Brazil, the US and Italy on launching an evening iPad edition

June 28th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Mobile, Podcast

News outlets across the world have embraced the tablet as another platform from which to reach new digital audiences, and often supply them with a new editorial experience. One model in particular is the evening iPad newspaper edition, which have been launched by a number of outlets across the world.

This week’s podcast looks at three examples of evening iPad editions in the US, Brazil and Italy, all taking the approach of offering content which users will not find via the news outlet’s other products in print or online, and often in a more magazine-style.

We hear from:

  • Pedro Doria, executive editor, O Globo
  • Keira Nothaft, senior director of special projects, Arizona Republic
  • Andrea Iannuzzi, former deputy editor of La Repubblica Sera, now editor, Agenzia Giornali Locali, Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso
  • Luca Fraioli, deputy editor, La Repubblica Sera
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#Tip of the day for journalists: Tablet and mobile news interaction studies

October 25th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists
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It is worth taking a look at some recent studies which have researched the way users interact with news on mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, and could help with the development of news products on digital platforms.

Studies include eye-tracking research by Poynter, which released further findings from its study last week, on how users engage with news on tablets, which hoped “to determine best strategy for news on tablets”. Find out more on the project here.

And earlier in the month MediaShift reported on a Pew Research Center study on mobile news, which MediaShift said “offers context that could help community news publishers hone their mobile strategy”.

See the Pew study here.

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Magazine app developer praises Windows 8, abandons Android

Digital media developer Daniel Sharp has praised the next version of the Windows operating system for its ease of use when programming.

Writing for the Kernel, the Stonewash co-founder states the advantages of developing digital media products for Microsoft’s as-yet-unreleased operating system over Google’s Android OS:

I’ve just come from another testing meeting. Seven of us around a table looking at an Android app that’s in the mid-stages of development. We’ve found unique issues on each device, every device on the table was running a different version of Android, with different resolutions, capabilities and specifications. Getting this right is going to be time consuming…

Meanwhile, for the past seven weeks we’ve also been working on a super-secret project building magazine apps for the Windows 8 launch. In those seven weeks, we’ve managed to create a solid first version, that works across all resolutions, laptops, desktops and tablets, whether they use a touch screen, pen or mouse. Development was easy.

He continues:

The fact that you can develop native applications for Windows using HTML and JavaScript is huge: in our case, it meant that every single engineer in our company already knew how to develop for Windows.

If you’re looking at a smartphone application then Windows 8 isn’t for you; it’s not for smartphones. But if you’re looking at a tablet application, take a good hard look at Android and the figures. I took one look at them and I’m not convinced.

And that’s why I have paused all our Android development in favour of Windows 8.

Earlier this week the Financial Times revealed that it is working on an app for Windows 8, ahead of the autumn tablet release.

Stonewash develop frameworks for news and magazine publishers to create bespoke tablet applications. Their clients include lifestyle magazine Lusso, Investment & Pensions Europe and the Henley Standard newspaper.

Read the full article in the Kernel here

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Media release: records 15m unique users across Europe in first quarter

May 22nd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism, Traffic

In a press release issued yesterday the BBC announced the latest traffic statistics for, which was said to have recorded 15 million unique users across Europe in the first quarter of the year.

Figures relating to accessing BBC news on mobile devices were also reported, with visits of “around 8.5 million users” across the world visiting the BBC News websites and apps on mobiles or tablets “in an average month”.

See the full release.

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Economist launches World in 2012 iPad app

November 24th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Magazines, Mobile

The Economist has today announced the release of an iPad version of “The World in 2012 from the Economist: Editor’s Highlights”, based on the annual magazine which features predictions, graphs and charts for the coming year.

In a release, the Economist said the app, which is sponsored by BMW, features “select articles from this year’s edition, videos from around the world and specially curated snapshots of people, events, landmarks and data are all included in the first-ever World in…highlights application.”

The featured articles focus on a variety of topics ranging from the areas of technology still up for grabs, the power of sharing and the change in China’s leadership.  The videos include an extract of an interview with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, as well as interviews with people from New York, Beijing and London on the coming year.  The application also contains a feature on 12 people to watch in 2012, a month-by-month selection of events in 2012, a snapshot of 12 titbits to look out for in the year ahead and a collection of charts, graphs and data.

Daniel Franklin, editor of The World in 2012 said in the release:

This digital introduction makes it clear to new readers why the publication has become so popular over the past quarter century.

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#wef11: Ten lessons on news app creation from Mario Garcia

October 14th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Events, Journalism, Mobile

Today’s session on tablet applications at the World Editors Forum featured a fantastic presentation by Mario Garcia, CEO and founder of Garcia Media, who ran through 10 incredibly useful lessons to learn when creating news apps.

They are repeated below as he listed them (and are also posted on his blog):

1. Tell stories across platforms. “We must think in terms of a media quartet”.
2. What the tablet is. “A tablet goes beyond, to create an immersive experience, not a newspaper, not an online edition, not television, yet has the abilty to fulfil the role of all these platforms together”.
3. The lean-back platform. “You have got an audience that’s relaxed, but not that relaxed. At any point they want to know what’s happening now”.
4. What the tablet is not. “It is not a replication of the print/online experience”
5. Covering three tracks. “Users want their newspaper tablet apps to have the three main tracks of curated edition, news updates and e-readers”.
6. The tablet and design. “You have to make it sophisticatedly simple”.
7. Create those pop-up moments. “This is not a newspaper. When you design for tablet you design for the eye, finger and the brain and all have to be entertained simultaneously.”
8. Pay attention to the essentials. “Start with a good sense of navigation, make sure the user knows how to go from point A to point C or Z and make sure you give people ability to share.”
9. Make it functional. “Remember what people are using it for. They come to read, they come to read long, they come to read short. Need to train people in art to write mini story.”
10. You must consider a curated edition. Have an editor to curate the edition.

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#Tip of the day from – phone and tablet tricks for blogging from the field

September 2nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Social media and blogging

The 10,000 Words blog has posted five top tricks for filing blog posts from the field using The tips include WordPress’ mobile apps, adding hyperlinks, call-in audio posts and adding geolocation to posts.

Read them all here.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

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Beet.TV: Vook on working with ABC News to produce video books

In this video interview on Beet.TV Matthew Cavnar, head of product at Vook, a company which creates video books, talks about its collaboration with ABC News to produce a ‘vook’ which combines its text and video reporting of significant events.

Recent publications produced by Vook and ABC News, which Cavner claims offers the “360 degree experience of a news story”, includes the capture of Osama Bin Laden and the royal wedding in London.

Cavner added that while the company is looking at extending the platform out to partners, for now it is concentrating on its uses in-house.

Right now we’re really focused on going to a media company, going to a publisher, and saying we’ve got the platform … come work with us and create 50, 100, 1,000 titles because we’ve got the ability to do it.

… We think we’re basically cornering that market of scalable quality.

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