The anniversary of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown inevitably draws media coverage, but there are no commemorative events in the town and the media have been told to steer clear of the town. Many are abiding. Two thoughtful pieces on media practices are worth noting: Mallary Jean Tenore, writing for Images and Voices of Hope, spells out how media can improve coverage of these anniversaries, in particular by listening to the community. Tenore has written for Poynter, and Kelly McBride contributes a series of tips on how journalists can best serve the situation through sensitive, sophisticated decisions on how to attend to the issues.
New Australian research suggests a dramatic rise in online news consumption there. The latest data indicate two hours and 39 minutes are spent daily on online news sites, up from an hour and 19 minutes a year ago. The surge has much to do with consumption on tablets and smartphones.
The rampant growth of consumption via smartphones has generated a significant design challenge for news sites. Their phone-friendly looks are not necessarily desktop-friendly. Sam Kirkland, writing for Poynter, tries not to be the curmudgeon but can't help it in arguing for the train to slow down in order to preserve the desktop constituency. He doesn't find much congruence in the two design approaches, and lately the desktop old guard has been losing the tug-of-war.