Mobile News Apps in India: Relocating News in the Mobile Platform

Abstract 

This chapter on the consumption of mobile news in developing country draws on the limited but growing scholarship on journalism and mobile media. News audiences are increasingly demanding improved access and trying to navigate through the assortment of news messages circulated from print media, broadcasting, web, and mobile media platforms. India, becomes an emblematic instance in this process, as India’s mobile phone subscriber base peaked to more than 1 billion users in late 2015, making India the second largest mobile phone user base after China. In recent years, mobile media in India have also penetrated individuals’ news consumption and sharing behaviors. These emerging practices can be posited in relation to the ubiquitous presence of mobile devices and a steadily expanding digital ecosystem. Utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods, this chapter seeks to explore how mobile apps position themselves into wider news media assemblages in a developing country like India, and how these mobile news apps are linked to one another, in addition to the legacy news media in the wider field of using and managing news media in India. Hence, broadly, this chapter aims to explore, why mobile apps are being used for news media consumption? In what way, mobile devices offer innovative ways of engaging with news in India? How these emerging practices are transforming not only the dominant ways of distributing the news but also the very nature of the relationship between news media and its audience.

By: Chattopadhyay Saayan

 

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Saayan Chattopadhyay

 

Saayan Chattopadhyay

First name: Saayan
Last name: Chattopadhyay
Email: saayanchattopadhyay@gmail.com

Department: Journalism & Mass Communication, Baruipur College, affiliated to Calcutta University
Area of teaching: Media Studies, Communication
Nationality: Indian
Professional and academic career: Assistant Professor and Head of the Department

Sketch biography: Saayan Chattopadhyay is an Assistant Professor and head of the department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Baruipur College, affiliated to Calcutta University, Kolkata. After a stint as a journalist, he is currently engaged in research involving digital culture and the news media in neoliberal India. He has published articles in Journalism Practice, South Asia Research, Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Sarai Reader, Journal of Boyhood Studies. He has also contributed chapters in books on media and communication published from Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Springer, IGI Global, Sussex Academic Press, among others. His research interests include digital journalism, South Asian masculinities, and technoculture in developing society.

Chapter title: Mobile News Apps in India: Relocating News in the Mobile Platform

Abstract:

This chapter on the consumption of mobile news in developing country draws on the limited but growing scholarship on journalism and mobile media. News audiences are increasingly demanding improved access and trying to navigate through the assortment of news messages circulated from print media, broadcasting, web, and mobile media platforms. India, becomes an emblematic instance in this process, as India’s mobile phone subscriber base peaked to more than 1 billion users in late 2015, making India the second largest mobile phone user base after China. In recent years, mobile media in India have also penetrated individuals’ news consumption and sharing behaviors. These emerging practices can be posited in relation to the ubiquitous presence of mobile devices and a steadily expanding digital ecosystem. Utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods, this chapter seeks to explore how mobile apps position themselves into wider news media assemblages in a developing country like India, and how these mobile news apps are linked to one another, in addition to the legacy news media in the wider field of using and managing news media in India. Hence, broadly, the article aims to explore, why mobile apps are being used for news media consumption? In what way, mobile devices offer innovative ways of engaging with news in India? How these emerging practices are transforming not only the dominant ways of distributing the news but also the very nature of the relationship between news media and its audience.

Keywords: Smartphone, Mobile Apps, News Apps, Digital Media, India, Developing Country