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Nearly half of subscribers access FT online via mobile

9 Mar

The Financial Times sees the future in the mobile. Photo: agenciaacn.

Nearly half of subscribers to the Financial Times website are accessing content using their mobile phone.

Robert Grimshaw, the managing director of the FT online, has said that 45 per cent of digital subscribers and registered users access FT news via mobile platforms.

In an interview with Beet.tv Grimshaw said: “I think it demonstrates actually how quickly the audience is picking up mobile devices and shifting away from the desktop and into the many new digital channels that are emerging.”

Advertisers are also shifting towards the mobile. Grimshaw said that about a third of advertisers in the digital space are now asking for mobile elements when they give advertising briefs.

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Newsrooms close as journalists go mobile

3 Mar

Some journalists will now always be out in the field. Photo: Thee Erin.

The Times Union in New York is closing two offices and sending journalists to work out in the field full time in a bid to save money and embrace a trend towards mobile journalism.  

Rex Smith, editor of the Times Union, is reported on its website  saying: “As our reporters work literally beyond the newsroom walls that might separate them from their stories, we think our reporting will be stronger.”

The Troy and Saratoga Springs bureau will close at the beginning of June. Reporters will be given HD flip video cameras and wireless netbooks so copy can be filed whilst out and about.

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