The future of journalism is uncertain given all the digital changes. From the print to the iPad, from the investigative journalist to the citizen journalist, the whirlwind of trends makes defining the newspaper's future confusing. Poynter's blog "Mobile Media" addresses the five key issues in journalism.
1. Mobile devices = hybrid journalism. "The debate of the past few years has been bloggers and 'citizen journalists' vs. professional reporters, editors and photographers," writes Mobile Media's author Damon Kiesow. It's important to accept the fact that the public now has a greater voice in journalism, and the industry must work with it instead of against it. Editors and journalists need to welcome crowdsourced information, yet define ways to check for validity.
2. Mobile devices = Money? Many professionals in the field believe money can be made, it just might take some time for the business model to settle in place. Recently founder of Wikipedia encouraged newspapers to jump into the mobile game. Kiesow comments that people seem to be more likely to pay for content on an application rather than a computer, giving professionals hope that the newspapers' revenue stream could be restored.
3. Mobile devices = Opportunities for geolocation features. Mobile phones have made knowing exactly where news is taking place possible. This ranges from crowdsourcing stories in less developed countries to looking up a restaurant on Fwix.
4. Mobile devices = The iPhone vs. Android vs. apps showdown. Since mobile news came into public favor, tech companies have been rivaling to create the best platform. Some say the mobile web is the most efficient, while other believe apps give a better reading experience. Who is right? It may be too soon to tell, but Jacksonville.com's strategy of creating an application for every type of mobile phone appears to be a good idea.
5. Mobile devices = Apple dominance (for now). "Publishers are currently unable to sell digital subscriptions or access customer information for content sold via the iTunes store," says Kiesow. "Apple is free to run its own business as it wishes, but if it intends to keep publishers from looking for viable alternatives, some compromises will have to be reached soon." It seems like Apple's dominance may soon fall; with many different types of e-readers entering into the market, the iPad will soon have a fair amount of competition.