Research into use of news mobile platforms

Having been asked in this CATS session to research the increase in use of mobile platforms for news consumption, here are some interesting facts and reviews I have found online. says that in the last year Facebook have announced Instant Articles, Google launched an Open Source Platform for Publishers with Twitter and Apple announced its own Propriertary News app.

It continues that there were major updates to news apps by Flipboard, Yahoo, LinkedIn and AOL too and then gives opinions on the 18 Best News Apps for iPhone and Android.

I also found a 2014 report by Ofcom on news consumption in the UK.

The report stated that news consumption in the UK said that consumption using Internet or apps rose from 32% in 2013 to 41% in 2014.

This was particularly evident in the 16-34 years old age group where use of Internet and apps had risen from 44% in 2013 to 60% in 2014.

Three times as many 16-24 year olds consume news through Internet or apps compared to the over 55 age group (60% to 21%)

It would seem women are more likely to consume news on TV than men (78% to 73%) but men are more likely than women to use the Internet or an app for news consumption with this being the preferred method for 44% of men compared to 39% of women.

AB socio-economic groups, 58%, are much more likely to use Internet or apps for news than DE socio-economic group, 25%, are.

Since 2013 there has been an increase in the number of people stating that a website/app is their most important news source as evidenced by 14% using them in 2013 compared to 21% in 2014.

The biggest pointer to the demographic using this method is that 45% of 16-24 year olds say that a website or app is their most important news source which leads me to the inevitable conclusion that it is very much the younger age groups who are accessing news online or on an app.

A Homeless and Root-Less Project

The Breakfast Club at Dock House was much the same as it has been all week with the same faces and myself, Ash and Dave serving the food and drink as usual.

Halfway through the Breakfast Club I got told to go out with Outreach worker Diane to pick up some bedding that was being donated by a lady who is moving house soon so that was another new thing for me to do.

When we got back to Dock House the Breakfast Club had finished and all the clients had left so it was back to jobs like sweeping and mopping the room where we serve the food and cleaning the kitchen, washing up and putting the pots away, it really doesn’t stop when the last person leaves.

Diane then took Dave away to go to the Aspire Project and, after they had left, Ash and myself set about the main job of the day that was reaching towards a critical level.

Our main job was to do as much weeding as we could manage out the back and down the side of Dock House as it was fast becoming overgrown. What made the job more difficult was that we were trying very much to pull up the roots to stop them growing back which proved very difficult in the majority of the weeds we pulled up.

Another problem down the side is the size of the bushes that had grown from the other side through the barriers, all we had tools-wise was a small trowel which we had to use to cut down the branches of the bushes which were growing over our pathway down the side of the building.

The further we went through the forest of weeds and bushes that had developed the more it felt like a battle that we were having to fight with a silent enemy.

After a stop for lunch we went back outside to keep battling our way through the job we were doing and the muscles and shoulders and backs ached more and more but kept getting punished as we kept going.

Eventually we welcomed some dark clouds and a good rainfall which heralded the end of the weeding for the day, although we were upset that we haven’t yet finished the job which we hope to return to on Tuesday.

Over lunchtime and then progressing into the afternoon Ash tried to explain to me what Sir Alan Turing achieved at Bletchley Park to break the Enigma code during World War 2, and his subsequent influence on modern computing which then led to the production of things like Java Script and Google Chrome apparently, that was a lot of fun having it explained to me by teacher Ash.

Yes I have had a good long soak in the bath before writing this, and yes my shoulders and back are still aching but I wish I didn’t have a day off tomorrow because I want to be helping the homeless as much as I possibly can!!

Photography of Tom Ryaboi

Tom Ryaboi is obviously something of a daredevil judging by his photos. On his Flickr account he calls himself Rooftopper, obviously to do with his preferred method of photography known as Rooftopping, in which he, and several others, take the most incredible stomach churning, acute angled photos of towns and cities from building rooftops. He is obviously perfectly safe in some of his photos, but in others he is clearly in perilous danger. He also seems to photograph drastic situations, as borne out by photos he has taken of raging fires and also extreme flooding. He is clearly a very gifted photographer who has produced some fascinating images in his work. A quick look through his Flickr account or on Google just reinforces this. A running theme in many of his Rooftopping photos appears to be that he has something, or someone, in the foreground to give the image backdrop some scale rather than just taking a photo for the sake of taking it. Some of his other normal photos also seem to have this theme, for instance he has one photo with a man and a woman on bikes in the foreground and then there are three other cyclists in the background.