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The Guardian Launches Free Android App As Org’s Mobile Traffic Soars

UK’s The Guardian newspaper launched a new, free mobile application for Android-powered phones on Wednesday, following the success of its iPhone app and as mobile traffic to its web properties continues to soar:

  • Their mobile site, m.guardian.co.uk accounts for about 12 percent of The Guardian’s of our digital traffic
  • The iPhone app, as of Wednesday, had 480,914 downloads since its launch in January 2011.
  • The apps are powered by The Guardian’s Content API

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Tool of the Day: Mobile Media Toolkit

Mobile Media Toolkit

The mobile phone has become an indispensable tool in every journalist’s arsenal. Whether you are on an iPhone, a Blackberry, an Android handset, or any other type of mobile phone, the skills that a journalist can use to capture and share the news are the same. But with all the apps and resources available, where does a journalist begin? What if you’re looking for ways to engage a mobile audience? Or what if you are a seasoned journalist that needs a primer on reaching out to the mobile market? Now there’s a one-stop resource for journalists of all types — the Mobile Media Toolkit.

The Mobile Media Toolkit is a project of MobileActive.org, a global network of people using mobile technology for social impact. The website is comprised of a large number of case studies, as well as brief reviews on tools and apps. Content is divided into five main sections: Create, Share, Deliver, Engage, and Secure. Each section gives an overview of the topic, a descriptive how-to guide along with several articles, and the limitations of each method. All sorts of methods are covered, including creating audio or video, tapping into social media, and gives tips on how to enable others to create mobile content to share. The Secure section of the Mobile Media Toolkit also features another project from MobileActive.org called SaferMobile, which helps activists, human rights defenders, and journalists assess the mobile communications risks that they are facing, and then use appropriate mitigation techniques to increase their ability to organize, report, and work more safely.

The Mobile Media Toolkit is also available in Spanish and Arabic. The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and run by journalist Melissa Ulbricht.

Re-Inventing The Wheel? Tribune Co. Slated To Release Android Tablet

Google Android logo wearing a sash with the Tribune Company logo

Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and The Baltimore Sun, announced earlier this week plans to develop their own touchscreen tablet to newspaper subscribers. Technical details on the tablet like resolution and memory are still under wraps, but the tablet will run a modified version of Google’s Android mobile operating system and will be tailored to subscribers’ hometown newspapers. Cost is definitely an issue, and the Tribune Co. plans to offer the tablets to subscribers either for free or a subsidized price.

This is a bold initiative for the national news enterprise which follows in the steps of a July 2011 announcement by the Philadelphia Media Network who plans to offer discounted Android tablets to newspaper subscribers. For both companies, the bold move to offering tablet devices for subscribers could be ways to raise readership and revenue. And while the Philadelphia Media Network has not hinted at who would manufacture these tablets, word is that Tribune has been in discussions with Samsung Electronics. Samsung currently has eight versions of their popular Galaxy Tab in the U.S. market, available on Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and U.S. Cellular. With iPads continuing to dominate the U.S. tablet market, it will be interesting to see how media-branded Android tablets will be adopted by those outside of the Tribune’s audience as well.

The biggest question with regards to the Tribune tablet will be whether advertisers will support the platform. The Tribune is currently in bankruptcy, but Android has been shown to help pull failing companies out of the red — just ask Motorola. Tribune isn’t starting completely at square one though — they currently have a news app called Mosaic for Windows Mobile 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab on Android 2.2 (also known as Froyo). With the new breed of Android tablets running Android 3.x (also known as Honeycomb), Tribune will have to play a wait-and-see game with Google since the Honeycomb software development kit has yet to be released to developers. This also brings up more questions. Will there be more custom apps for these Tribune tablets? How will Tribune handle core software updates? Will Tribune restrict users from being able to root their tablets? Will Tribune tablets be partnered with a cellular carrier?

Tribune is certainly taking a big risk with their upcoming digital tablet strategy. Do you think it will be a great success or a colossal failure? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think!

Record and Broadcast Live Video with Live Reporter

Live ReporterThe smartphone has become an indispensable tool for capturing news in the field. We’ve covered ways to use your iPhone as a reporting tool here on 10,000 Words, but with Android nearing 50% market share worldwide, Google’s operating system is proving to be a viable alternative for mobile reporting. With well over 250,000 apps in the Android Market, storytellers have a plethora of choices for publishing their stories to the world. One app which recently caught my eye is Live Reporter, which lets you capture, publish, save, and broadcast live video directly from your Android device.

Usage of the app requires an account with the LivingScoop website, and registration takes less than a minute. Once registered, any videos you broadcast will be published there and your audience can either watch them on the LivingScoop website, or you can embed them on your own site or share them on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or via email.

Live Reporter Screenshot

The Live Reporter interface is very simple. Once you’re logged in, there are just three buttons to navigate the app. Select the Create new stream button, select the appropriate video category from the 20+ categories listed, add an optional description, then select the I’m ready to stream! Let’s go button. Select the Go live now button, and you’re ready to broadcast. While the live video creation process could be smoother, keep in mind that once the video has been published, you can easily change any of this information.

LivingScoop

While there are other live video apps on Android — Ustream, Qik and Justin.tv are just a few — Live Reporter dubs itself as “the first and only video sharing site with unlimited free speech and freedom of all expressions”. Live Reporter is currently available in the Android Market, and requires Adobe AIR for installation.

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Using Feedly To Create A Personal News Hub

Twitter’s tremendous growth and active user base means breaking news stories to the web has become easier than ever. But when this is juxtaposed with information from mainstream media sources, keeping up with the latest news around a particular topic can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, the team at DevHD has come with a great solution for harnessing the news of the web while including instant updates from other sources — they call it Feedly.

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