Online news services getting killed by smartphones

Online news services getting killed by smartphones
If there's one thing that smartphone users hate, it is having to pay to read the news online, or skipping through ads while getting caught up in the events of the day. Instead of reaching into their wallet to pay for access to a major newspaper's website, smartphone users have discovered that any news worth hearing about will show up on search engines or on social media.

As a result, even those news sites that can build a large audience might not be able to convert them into paid subscribers. According to the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), only the most loyal readers of an online news site continue to use them. A report from Reuters says that while two-thirds of smartphone owners have at least one news app installed on their device, only one-third of those with such an app installed use it on a weekly basis. In certain countries the news media remains a highly believable source of information. 60% of people in Finland, Brazil and Germany still trust the news media. In the United States, Spain and Italy, only 33% believe what the media posts.


Other interesting stats cited by Reuters include one that shows that four-in-ten smartphone users in the U.S. and U.K. have turned to ad blocking software as they get increasingly upset with pop-up ads and banners. After reading a news article that was sponsored by a particular organization, one-in-three smartphone users felt like they were lied to or deceived. One-in-four said that sponsored articles negatively affect their opinion of a news organization.

If the internet connected PC was the first to stagger the online newspaper and news magazine business, the proliferation of the smartphone and tablet might have administered the fatal wounds.

source: Reuters

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7 Comments

1. Sammaul

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Frankly, the new model ads used by every mobile site has become more and more intrusive....I am probably going to switch to Firefox and use ad block, because mobile Chrome will not allow extensions...

2. tedkurd unregistered

Good thing Apple News is on its way. Too bad I hate Apple and will never see nothing but black and white.

5. Nicko97

Posts: 49; Member since: May 25, 2015

Apple news is just like flipboard minus the lag You need to quit hating just for the sake of hating It only shows the butthurt and sheep within you

6. tedkurd unregistered

I know. I am a butthurt Android sheep. I admit it. Honestly. I see the other Android sheep and follow them (the herd) too. This website is mostly Android sheep. Why not join us?

7. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I am extremely happy with this app combo: Play Newsstand(Google) + News Digest (Yahoo) + News Republic.

3. InmortanJoe

Posts: 14; Member since: May 23, 2015

I didnt even know people paid for online news...

4. waddup121 unregistered

Wow crazy!

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