Two newspaper publications have recently evolved their mobile strategies. One is an example of what not to do. The other represents an evolution in the thinking around mobile and a case study model for a thoughtful and effective mobile strategy for a content publication.
A lot of good friends and colleagues lost their livelihood this week when RCR Wireless News shut down in the face of a worsening global financial meltdown. The move is shocking on many levels, but what's even more depressing is the speed at which news outlets are failing and taking good journalism down with it.
Call me crazy or behind the times, but I'm absolutely certain that everyone suffers when fewer people get paid to cover news. Sure, most are underpaid, but that's beside the point. Fly by night bloggers are not the answer -- after all, where would they aggregate news from without full-time, salaried news gatherers doing all the legwork.
Look to Gothamist's many properties for a fine example of things done right online with solid reporting to back it all up.
On the flipside, there's those journalists who are too close to the action and have too much of a vested interest to distill news with any sense of reality. Take this clip from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" as a perfect, yet hilarious and maddening example.
That kind of thing sure doesn't help, but what worries me even more is the number... Read more