Building a news video experience native to mobile

“Just as people choose music for different settings — chill workout, hardcore workout, cooking dinner, putting the children to bed — users could tailor the news content they want to hear or read based on mood or situation rather than, say, politics or locale.”

In addition to learning how to file open-records requests, shoot video, and incorporate data in their reporting, today’s journalism students think about innovation in product management terms.

I hope they’re working on UX and UI projects in which news and sports broadcasts go back to the future to better integrate with mobile devices — fewer cameras, simpler angles, more voice, less graphics. Mobile programmers could show live sporting events that are more organically friendly to smartphones — think billiards, not baseball. Realistically, though, most people use their smartphones to watch NFL games (optimized for 80-inch screens), when they need “live” more than “dazzling.” So instead of having to choose between one app for radio-style play-by-play (already global mainstays, especially for golf and tennis) and another for a TV feed, one app could combine the existing streams for the best experience on a smaller screen.

In line with Steven Henn’s prediction of “intelligent, thoughtful radio,” imagine streaming a newscast with a single camera of one person literally reading the news. Or a voiceover could be accompanied by scrolling text (which you could stop in order to read links). The “reader” could occasionally offer prompts for the news consumer to view graphics or images designed especially for smartphones.

Mainstream news is also ready for its Spotify-like transformation. Just as people choose music for different settings — chill workout, hardcore workout, cooking dinner, putting the children to bed — users could tailor the news content they want to hear or read based on mood or situation rather than, say, politics or locale. Weaving in complicated traffic? Just headlines. Need to cocoon from Washington? “Kathleen, here is your news without any political stories. Let us know you’re ready to be fully informed.”

Kathleen McElroy is associate director of the University of Texas School of Journalism.

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

Amy Webb   Listen to weak signals

Jake Levine   The return to now

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

Tanzina Vega   It’s time for media companies to #PassTheMic

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

Hossein Derakhshan   Television has won

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

Helen Havlak   Keywords, not publishers, power the world’s biggest feeds

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

Will Sommer   The year local media gets conservative

Rodney Gibbs   Tech workers turn to journalism

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Michael Kuntz   The only pivot that might work

Dan Shanoff   You down with OTT? (Yeah, DTC)

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

Alice Antheaume   Are you fluent in AI?

Jacqui Cheng   Retailers move into content

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

Tracie Powell   The muting of underserved voices

Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Francesco Marconi   The year of machine-to-machine journalism

Kinsey Wilson   Facebook and Google: Help out or pay up

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Michelle Garcia   Navigating journalistic transparency

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

Sara M. Watson   Feeds will open up to new user-determined filters

Daniel Trielli   The rich get richer, the poor scramble

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

Millie Tran and Stine Bauer Dahlberg   (Hint: It’s about your brand)

Umbreen Bhatti   The trust problem isn’t new

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

Eric Ulken   The year local publishers get smart(er) about change

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

Juleyka Lantigua   Women of color will reclaim and monetize our time

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Nicholas Quah   Stop talking trash about young people

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Raney Aronson-Rath   Transparency is the antidote to fake news

Richard Tofel   The platforms’ power demands more reporters’ attention

Errin Haines   At the ballot, it’s time to count black women

Jennifer Choi   Standing up for us and for each other

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Jesse Holcomb   Information disorder, coming to a congressional district near you

Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Jim Moroney   Newspapers have to be good enough for readers to pay for

Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

Cristina Wilson   The year of the Instagram Story

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

Molly de Aguiar   Good journalism won’t be enough

Dan Newman   A return to trust

Trushar Barot   The Jio-fication of India

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

Julia B. Chan   Looking for loyalty in all the right places

Susie Banikarim   R.I.P. Pivot to Video (2017–2017)

Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

Paul Ford   Go global

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Yvonne Leow   The rise of video messaging

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

Vivian Schiller   Pivot to tomorrow

Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

Joyce Barnathan   It will be harder to bury the news

Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

Burt Herman   Things get real

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

Jarrod Dicker   Honesty in advertising

Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

Andrew Losowsky   The year of resilience

Alastair Coote   The year of self-improvement

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

Aron Pilhofer   We can’t leave the business to the business side any more

Marcela Donini and Thiago Herdy   Collaboration is the way forward for Brazilian journalism

John Keefe   Scooped by AI

Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Seeking trust in fragmented spaces

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

David Skok   Finding an information-life balance

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Carrie Brown-Smith   Transparency finally takes off

Jamie Mottram   From pageviews to t-shirts

Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Imaeyen Ibanga   Longform video leads the way

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Feli Sánchez   The year for guerrilla user research

Alan Soon   The rise of start of psychographic, micro-targeted media

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

Manoush Zomorodi   Self-help as a publishing strategy

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen   The Snapchat scenario and the risk of more closed platforms

Nushin Rashidian   Publishers seek ad dollar alternatives

Emma Carew Grovum   Newsroom culture becomes a priority

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

Cory Haik   Suffering from realness, pivoting to impact

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify