A new study points to "news snacking," frequent but short consumption of information online. The 10000 Words site reports that the mobile syndication company , Mobiles Republic, asked more than 8,000 of its users to describe their patterns of reading. Some 75% of smartphone users and 70% of tablet users said they were checking news more than once a day. They said they are primarily (82%) looking for accuracy, but fresh and free (each at 57%) were also important. Almost all (95%) used aggregators for their news, social media is on the rise as a source, and a large number that varied by continent continued to use traditional media.
In the last week a significant dispute has developed between the South African government and the country's press ombudsman. A complaint by the government against the Sunday Times newspaper (that the paper had demonstrated bias in sharing information about an investigation with an opposition politician and a committee) was dismissed by the ombudsman, who found no bias in the newsgathering approach and no violation of the country's press code. The government is appealing the decision.
A report from the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA) has found that publishers are necessarily going to have to development new products in order to increase revenue. In other words, what they have will not grow sufficiently. The INMA report identifies four key priorities: rethinking product development, taking a portfolio approach, ensuring each part of the development pipeline is attended, and reworking organizational structure.