As the times are changing, so is technology. Phones which once were simply a form of communication, now contains one’s entire lives. Smartphones have now taken over multiple industries such as banking, cameras, GPS, computers, and many more. With this new reliance on technology, these industries need to change their information in order to fit within the technology.
For example, Facebook use to be a purely computer based program. Now, it has a new layout in which fits perfectly on smartphones. Advertisers now have to be completely redesigned so it fits within this screen. This has been done by floating advertisers in which the ad follows down the page as you scroll in order to insure it is shown.
As technology has grown, websites need to change with the upcoming times. This is extremely prevalent with journalism. What once was a printed newspaper turned into online websites and now needs to be accessible on websites. As Oscar Westlund explains, “The technological convergence of mobile “phones” and multimedia has been taking place since the 1990s, but it was not until the commercial birth of touchscreen-enabled mobile devices, offered with flat-rate subscriptions for mobile internet, that widespread production and use of news-related content and services began to flourish. Accessing mobile news has gained traction in the everyday life of the public.”
Now, everything is recorded and instant. The use of live features, such as Facebook life has been utilized in reporting the news on the spot.
In “The Internet, Mobile phones and blogging” the author explains, “Rising public documentation via mobile phones inserts a new element into traditional news flow cycles while material from bloggers acting as “citizen journalists” occasionally aids reporting of contested topics or regions fraught with accessibility issues. Elevated public scrutiny also obliges news organisations to contend with increasingly effective flak-producers.”
Personally, I utilize mobile journalism frequently. My two main news sources are through the Skimm, which is a cleverly written email in which I read on my phone every morning and Snapchat. While it may sound weird to say Snapchat is one of my main sources of news, the discover section posts an online version of magazines and news cites ranking from Cosmopolitan to CNN. This is similar to most people in my generation. I know very few people who sit down and open the newspaper. Everything is on the go and done through a smartphone. The use of mobile journalism is a growing field in which I believe will eventually whip out print news.