Time for ‘where we get our news’ in 2010

The State of the Media 2010 is still months away… but I’m already thinking about the marked difference that we should see in this year’s report.

Off the top of my head I can’t recall that any of the past thoroughly-researched status updates on journalism (way more than 144 characters, btw) fully realized how mobile news media could, and had to, become.

The news Apps concept was still beta, iPhones and Kindles were (and are) still in relatively early-adopter stages and ad-giant Google hadn’t unveiled its Nexus One.

Handheld devices, i.e. smartphones, e-readers, etc., make it possible to make news more mobile than has been imagined in recent reports on the state of the media.

This is the future of how we get our news: at our fingertips.

The way I see it, the one weakness of online news that magazines and newspapers still had going for them was portability. Even my laptop can’t go everywhere I can take my Tuscaloosa News or Newsweek without risking damage or loss. But my iPhone can (in most cases)

It’s like the old saw in home-buying is also true for news delivery: location, location, location; except now your news real estate transcends space… and is extremely time sensitive. Technology has made this possible, news. Befriend it, then go forth and multiply.

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  1. UPDATE:

    The annual journalism industry report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism is out now: http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2010/

    From the report’s overview:
    “This year’s report is the most interactive it’s ever been, and contains a number of new features. A Year in the News Interactive, for instance, allows users to explore for themselves our content database of some 68,000 stories from 55 different news outlets. Users can look at what they want, answer their own questions and create their own charts. Who Owns the News Media is a new multi-dimensional directory of the more than 120 companies that own news properties in the United States that allows users to explore and compare companies by sector, revenue, and audience. This year’s study also includes a new survey of the economic attitudes of online news consumers. The report also contains a detailed analysis of the online behavior of visitors to news websites and a study of the most highly regarded community journalism websites in the country. There is also, for the first time, a content analysis of blogs and social media, and explores the extent to which their news agenda relates to, differs from, and draws on traditional media. Coming in April is a survey of news executives on the future of their industry.”

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