2008: The year mobile news came of age

In its year-end roundup, the Society of News Design notes that 2008 “was an epic year for handheld devices and the services that power them. And news organizations scrambled to respond.”

Applications developed by news organizations “allow for new modes of interaction. For example, users can contribute photos and reports from the field via the AP’s application or vote in polls that are broken down locally at USA Today.” 

Along with the rise of mobile news delivery has come “an interesting dichotomy growing in how people are consuming content,” said William Couch, a member of USA Today’s mobile design team. “The most obvious scenario is when you’ve got a few minutes free, whether you’re waiting in line, or — ahem — traffic, and want to get a few quick hits. The less obvious scenario that I see emerging and really growing as the mobile sphere matures is long-form content being consumed on mobile devices.”

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