10 December 2008

“News Ecosystem” Of Modern Consumer


Methods of news consumption in the 21st century resemble a “news ecosystem”, according to research commissioned by the BBC.

BBC News website editor Steve Herrmann revealed the study found that people in the UK have developed “increasingly eclectic and multiplatform” habits when it comes to getting their news.

Writing on The Editors blog, Herrmann said the report also noted that these varying methods of news consumption could be deployed in a single day.

The study, which aimed to explore the habits and attitudes of users regarding mobile phone news services, gleaned information from news diaries and information charts compiled by volunteers.

In relation to mobile news, researchers discovered that people tended to use them to access headlines, big stories and special interest issues.

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