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Future Internet 2012, 4(1), 161-178; doi:10.3390/fi4010161

Sensing the News: User Experiences when Reading Locative News

Department of Media, Communication and Technology, Volda University College, Joplassvegen 11, Volda 6101, Norway
Received: 24 November 2011 / Revised: 16 January 2012 / Accepted: 13 February 2012 / Published: 21 February 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Transformations from the Mobile Internet)
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This article focuses on user experiences on reading location-aware news on the mobile platform and aims to explore what experiences this kind of locative journalism generates and how such experiences change the users’ social interaction with news. We produced a specially designed mobile application and tailored news stories specific to this project called LocaNews in order to explore participants’ relation to the content in this journalistic format. The result is generated through a field study and a questionnaire of 32 people to find out how they experience the news presented in this format. The user participants’ responses are analyzed based on their news experiences, contextualizing places and their social interaction with the news within this form of journalism. Results showed that the local, semi-local and non-local user approaches the locative news in a different manner, but that the average user found this kind of news more interesting and more informative than ordinary news. The participants also have a problem identifying this as journalism, rather than an information service.
Keywords: journalism; location-based services; mobile media; locative journalism; locative media; hyperlocal news journalism; location-based services; mobile media; locative journalism; locative media; hyperlocal news
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