Five Apps That Are (maybe) The Future Of Mobile Journalism
What's the future of mobile journalism? If any of us knew, we'd be living in a big house on the ocean. Regardless, here are five apps that are doing interesting things in the mobile space.
- •QuartzThe news as text messages? That's the idea behind Quartz's new app, which came out in the past year. Users get alerts when news breaks. When the app is opened, users get news updates in the style of text messages. They can ask for more detail about a story, or ask "what else" and get a news stories. Also, there are emojis. A lot of emojis.
- •NYT NowAll the news that's fit to update. The Gray Lady's app is frequently updated throughout the day. One of the main features is a morning/afternoon/evening update, which aggregates top stories from across genres. The app also links to stories from other websites, and has a mobile version of the Times' daily crossword puzzle.
- •Buzzfeed NewsA website creates a mobile app for news - you won't believe what happens next. Launched in 2015, the app is built around social media sharing and socialization. It also features a "catch me up" feature when you open the app, which updates you in the news that's happened since you last logged on.
- •SnapchatYep. Snapchat. In the past year, the messaging app that teens and college students love and that's inscrutable to old people (like your professor), has started to widely develop its Discover tab. The Wall Street Journal became the first US newspaper to have a spot in this area. The snap stories by are updated regularly and, like snaps, are viewable once before being deleted. As more teens and millennialist use snapchat more, it could become a hub for mobile news.
- •PeriscopeThe app that lets you broadcast live video on Twitter is making a move into the news space. In April, the app hired a news editor to help it develop as a news source. It is already a hub for live video and a potentially powerful source for real time news (think of the protests in Ferguson in 2014). But better organization and aggregation (so users can easily find videos) could make this app a major player.