The Register’s mobile share (how many of the total page views come from smartphones) continues to grow, edging towards 50 percent.
The chart, at right, shows the climb of smartphone news consumers. The large jump seen in early 2012 is because analytics were improved in our mobile app allowing us to see all user activity in the app (before that we could only see some of what people viewed during a visit)
A timeline of the mobile share for the month of July over the past few years:
- 2008: 0.10%
- 2009: 6.12%
- 2010: 9.27%
- 2011: 13.98%
- 2012: 40.58%
Tracking the mobile share helps to understand the changing nature of our audience. Gone are the days when people just got news from one medium – be it the newspaper, radio or television.
Today’s population is getting information in all sorts of ways and our job is to deliver news how and where people want the information.
Posted in Mobile.
– August 2, 2012
Link: Anaheim shooting: 2 cops on leave, 1 dead, 5 arrested
At 4 p.m. July 21 officers shot a man who was chased based on suspicious activity. The man’s death a few hours later sparked a small riot later that night and protests that continue days later.
I worked as a breaking news reporter the morning after the shooting and initial protest. I managed the story coverage – giving reporters out in the field information on where to go and what was happening while taking in notes and quotes and weaving one narrative.
I also managed the narrative, working to make it as easy as possible for readers to both find the latest information and to follow the story. I published 15 updates to the story during my shift, several of which were published as protesters rushed the police station lobby while the police chief updated reporters on the known events. In the story, I kept the latest information at the top and below continued updating sections on each element of the story: the officer-involved shooting, the melee and the police-community tension.
Posted in Breaking News, Clips, Reporting.
– July 22, 2012
Link: Should you buy the new iPad?
Link: Best apps for the new retina iPad
To augment the Register tech reporter’s coverage, I wrote two posts about the new iPad.
The first was about if someone should buy the new iPad. While discussing the new iPad ahead of the announcement, most people talked about it within the scope of if they didn’t have an iPad or if they already have the 1 or 2. I thought that writing to each person could help make the new iPad features more relevant (rather than just writing to one general audience).
I also collected the best apps for the new iPad – for proud new owners looking to play and show off. Before the new iPad was available I collected apps that should sparkle in retina and make full use of the camera. Then, after my new iPad arrived, I updated with new information from a user’s perspective.
Posted in Clips, Reporting.
– March 14, 2012