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Will Apple Help Save Print News?

Apple’s release of virtual Newsstand has seen sales sky-rocket for online print.

Jeff Sonderman of Poynter points out that New York Times saw a massive increase in its app downloads the week Newsstand was released.

“Nearly one-fifth of the 9.1 million people who have ever downloaded the NYTimes iPhone app did so last week, with the launch of Newsstand.”

Downloads of the NYTimes apps for iPhone and iPad exploded the week that Newsstand was released. (Data courtesy of The New York Times)

National Geographic has also reported growth since Newsstand was released.

Sonderman says that the reasoning behind the jump is the discoverability and convenience of having all of the news publications from newspapers to magazines in one section where users can easily and quickly find what they need.

“Newsstand collects all your publications in one place, instead of scattering icons across multiple home screens. It also enables apps to download fresh content “in the background,” so it’s already there before a user opens an app.”

The user interface of Newsstand is also unique and enticing as it shows the user and empty bookshelf just waiting to be filled with magazines and newspapers. And we all know that no-one can stand an empty shelf!

An empty shelf waiting for magazines

An empty shelf waiting for magazines

Are physical Newsstands a thing of the past?

Once you have filled the shelves more empty shelves are added prompting you to buy more.

The majority of people no longer purchase newspapers and magazines from ‘physical’ shops and the rates will continue to decline as we move further into the future.

The convenience of not having to hold a paper whilst standing up on long train ride home is one of the driving points for apps like Newsstand.

See video below for how to use Newsstand:


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Why Evernote is the Holy Grail for Online and Mobile Journalists

Evernote may very well be the Journalism app of our time. Well at least for the moment.

The stresses and business of modern day life have been taken into account by the creators of Evernote. Every little detail can be added to Evernote without the fear of ever forgetting again.

How many times have you been somewhere and seen or heard something that would make an amazing new story but haven’t been able to remember it for the life of you later that day? Have you wanted to snap a quick photo of something for a story and then realised that the

Well Evernote changes that.

The website for Evernote implies some of the amazing features which can be seen in the image below.

Many schools and offices are now using Evernote as a means of collaboration as Evernote helps keep all files in the one place for easy access and updating.

Mashsable also mentioned Evernote in a recent post about the 5 Essential Tools for Mobile Journalists. The fact that any notes you make on Evernote via your mobile or iPad are uploaded to a remote server was seen as an important tool just incase your phone is stolen or lost.

The same goes for laptops and computers. How many times have you written something and forgot to save or the computer has crashed losing all of your work? If this sounds like a situation you have been in then Evernote is your new best friend.

My Digital Internet also did a review on the Evernote application entitled 10 reasons why you should try Evernote.

The writer said:

“I use Evernote almost every single day. Mostly for making notes and taking screen grabs for blog posts, but it does so much more than that. There’s Evernote Trunk for instance, which lets you access almost 100 add-ons you can use from within Evernote.”

Here are the writers Top 10 reasons to get Evernote:

  • It’s lightweight, fast and very easy to use
  • You can store data locally and/or synch it to a folder in the cloud
  • It automatically saves notes – there’s no need to look for the ‘save’ button
  • You store notes inside Notebooks so you can create a Notebook for each project you’re working on
  • Notes can be tagged much like a blog post
  • Evernote creates excellent screen grabs (including the images on this page)
  • It’s great for single or collaborative use
  • The basic version is free
  • You can email notes from within the application
  • You, or any member of your team, can access your account from any device that has Evernote installed on it

Free or Premium?

Below is a list that compares the free and premium versions of Evernote. For just $45/year for the entire premium package that is a bargain for anyone who writes for a living.

Overall I would rate this application 10/10 in its use for online journalism practices.

Not only is it inexpensive to buy, it is an indispensible tool for collaboration and for people on the go.

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