Futures Lab Update #96: Tips For Mobile News Delivery, and Remixing With Trio

    by Reuben Stern
    March 6, 2015
    David Cohn of AJ+ says that users are used to a "Tinder-esque" swiping experience on their mobile devices -- and that it's smart that news organizations take notice. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.

    This week we get tips on what works when delivering news via mobile devices, and we check out a new app designed for remixing content.

    "'Click here' doesn't work on a mobile because a mobile person doesn't click. They would touch, right? And it feels really subtle, but it's like these little moments that break the experience to make it feel as though it's not authentic to your situation that ruin the experience." -- David Cohn, executive producer, AJ+

    PART 1: Mobile insights

    As part of Al Jazeera’s Research & Development lab, the recently launched app AJ+ serves as an ongoing experiment in ways to deliver news via smartphones. David Cohn, former chief content officer at Circa and now executive producer at AJ+, shares some tips on tailoring content for mobile audiences.
    Reporting by Tatiana Darie, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]


    For more information:

    The typical mobile app gesture interactions — tap, double-tap, drag, slide, swipe, pinch, etc. —  are just the beginning. For example, GestureWorks offers a programming library that covers a wide range of possible gestures on touch-screen devices, as illustrated in this downloadable poster.

    For more details about AJ+, check out our previous report.


    An effective mobile strategy for smaller news organizations might rely on third-party apps such as Twitter, Cohn tells Poynter.org in this clip.

    PART 2: Trio

    A new app called Trio hopes to make it easier for mobile users to mix, match and share bits of Web content in a form that also includes links back to the original source material. We find out how it works from co-founder  (and former RJI Fellow) Misha Leybovich.
    Reporting by Raven Brown, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]

    Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

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