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Journal Cover   Mobile Media & Communication
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 2050-1579 - ISSN (Online) 2050-0158
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [819 journals]
  • News consumption in an age of mobile media: Patterns, people, place, and
    • Authors: Westlund; O.
      Pages: 151 - 159
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914563369
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • News use of mobile media: A contingency model
    • Authors: Thorson, E; Shoenberger, H, Karaliova, T, Kim, E, Fidler, R.
      Pages: 160 - 178
      Abstract: A mobile contingency model is introduced and used to guide hypotheses about how the strength of people’s habits for using an incumbent medium (here, print newspapers), their degree of adoption of a newer medium (mobile devices), and their attitudes about the importance of professional news sources, influence their use of mobile devices for communication functions including entertainment, interpersonal communication, following news, financial transactions, and e-commerce. Secondary analysis of a 2012 U.S. national phone survey is employed. Older respondents use mobile devices less for all functions, including following news, tend to be loyal print subscribers, and highly agree that it is important for news to be produced by professional news sources. However, when the effect of age is controlled, higher levels of education, and to a lesser extent, income, still significantly predict agreement about the importance of professional news sources. The results demonstrate the crucial impact of news attitudes, and are largely supportive of the mobile contingency model. The most important practical implication is that newspaper companies should be targeting their mobile applications not to their subscribers, but rather to nonsubscribers who have adopted mobile devices, are highly educated, and have higher incomes.
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914557692
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Examining the influences of news use patterns, motivations, and age cohort
           on mobile news use: The case of Hong Kong
    • Authors: Chan; M.
      Pages: 179 - 195
      Abstract: Adopting perspectives from media displacement, complementary uses, and uses and gratifications theories, this study examines the relationships and dynamics between mobile news use and use of other mediums for accessing the news. Findings from a national sample in Hong Kong, which has among the highest mobile phone penetration rates in the world, found support for all perspectives. Those in the 18–34 and 35–54 cohorts were mostly multiplatform users of news, yet subgroup analyses reveal different patterns of complementary uses and displacement. Moreover, results showed that different gratifications predict mobile hard news use and mobile soft news use. Implications and future prospects for mobile news are discussed.
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914550663
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • What's APPening to news? A mixed-method audience-centred study on
           mobile news consumption
    • Authors: Van Damme, K; Courtois, C, Verbrugge, K, De Marez, L.
      Pages: 196 - 213
      Abstract: News is increasingly being consumed on a multitude of media devices, including mobile devices. In recent years, mobile news consumption has permeated individuals’ news consumption repertoires. The main purpose of this study is twofold: (a) gain insight in how mobile news outlets infiltrated the broader news media repertoires of mobile device owners and (b) understand in what circumstances mobile news is consumed within these news media repertoires. The key is to understand how and why this widening agency in appropriating various places and social spaces in everyday life relates to general news media consumption (Peters, 2012). This two-phased study aims to illuminate how mobile device owners position their mobile news consumption in relation to other types of news media outlets. First, a guiding cluster analysis of a large-scale questionnaire (N = 1279) was performed, indicating three types of news consumers. Second, in order to thicken the originally derived clusters, a mixed-method study was set up, combining objective data originating from mobile device logs with more subjective audience constructions through personal diaries and face-to-face interviews (N = 30). This study reveals the Janus-faced nature of mobile news. On the one hand, the majority of news consumers dominantly relies on traditional media outlets to stay informed, only to supplement with online mobile services in specific circumstances. Even then, there is at least a tendency to stick to trusted brand materials. On the other hand, these mobile news outlets/products do seem to increasingly infiltrate the daily lives of mobile audiences who were previously disengaged with news.
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914557691
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Mobile UDC: Online media content distribution among Finnish mobile
           Internet users
    • Authors: Villi, M; Matikainen, J.
      Pages: 214 - 229
      Abstract: This paper examines the significance of user-distributed content (UDC) for news consumption, thereby offering an innovative take on mass communication and the participatory audience. From the viewpoint of media organizations, UDC is a process by which the mass media converge with online social networks through the intentional use of social media and other platforms and services in an effort to expand the distribution of media content. In order to focus specifically on mobile news consumption, this paper sheds light on the novel phenomenon of mobile user-distributed content (mobile UDC). Mobile UDC is manifested in mobile users’ ability to share online media content on a perpetual and ubiquitous basis. The study utilizes the results from a survey carried out with Finnish Internet users. The main finding is that mobile Internet users are more active in UDC than those who do not use the Internet with mobile devices. It is thus argued that mobile UDC, as a developing concept, can be used to explain the practices that are characteristic of mobile online news consumption.
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914552156
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Mobile news use and participation in elections: A bridge for the
           democratic divide?
    • Authors: Martin; J. A.
      Pages: 230 - 249
      Abstract: This study explores the role of mobile news in democracy by examining individual-level variations in mobile election news use based on demographics, socioeconomic indicators, and mobile media activity breadth, and, in turn, how mobile news use is associated with political participation. Nationally representative data from a random-sample survey of American adults (N = 2,250) in the 2010 general election were analyzed to better explain who mobile election news users are, how they compare to nonusers, and whether mobile news use was associated with voter turnout and mobile campaign donation. Findings underscore the significance of mobile media use and mobile news as phenomena of emerging importance in the election campaigns, and important differential patterns in the relationships of sociodemographics, mobile media, and electoral participation are discussed. By providing a nuanced accounting of the socioeconomic and demographic profile of mobile election news users and how those individuals differ from nonusers, this study enriches explanations of how societal privilege and the benefits of political engagement are related in complicated ways to individual-level variations in consuming and using mobile election news. Notably, for racial minorities, mobile media may provide a bridge across the digital-driven democratic divide and a more effective means of engaging with digital election information than other ICTs. Analysis also extends what is known about how citizens use mobile news to engage with increasingly personalized election campaigns. Results indicate that mobile election news use was a significant positive predictor of the odds of having voted and whether individuals used their mobile devices to make contributions during the campaign. These findings support arguments that the unique qualities of mobile devices are contributing to new and different pathways to political engagement while also retaining significance in relation to traditional forms of offline political participation.
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914550664
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • How elders evaluate apps: A contribution to the study of smartphones and
           to the analysis of the usefulness and accessibility of ICTS for older
    • Authors: Fondevila Gascon, J. F; Carreras Alcalde, M, Seebach, S, Pesqueira Zamora, M. J.
      Pages: 250 - 266
      Abstract: Elders are an important part of this society and a group for which ICTs might provide useful answers to existing problems and needs. However, elders and their interests with regard to ICTs have been largely ignored due to a presupposed missing ability to use, a general disinterest in, and a lack of will to learn about ICT developments. This article wants to contribute to the debate about elders and their abilities to use and interests in ICTs. We analysed how elders in focus groups in Spain use mobile ICT applications, how they experiment with them and why they decide to use or not to use them. In our research, we have used apps as an example for ICTs because apps are considered to be flagships for technological innovation, and because, in contrast to call and messenger functions of mobile phones, the motivation for using apps has to come from the individual that uses them. Findings from 4 focus group discussions with elders from Spain suggest that age does not directly influence the perception of, experience with, and evaluation of newest technological developments. Instead past experiences and social contexts in which the technology is introduced play a role. Our results point at the need to find new formulas for introducing, and teaching ICTs to elders, and underline the need to take elders’ emotions with regard to ICTs into consideration when evaluating elders’ ICT uses.
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914560185
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Mobile value-added services and the economic empowerment of women: The
           case of Usaha Wanita in Indonesia
    • Authors: Cai, T; Chew, H. E, Levy, M. R.
      Pages: 267 - 285
      Abstract: Mobile value-added services (MVAS) represent a growing collaboration between the private sector and the development community. In this paper, we examine one such MVAS, the Nokia Usaha Wanita service running on the Nokia Life+ platform in Indonesia, and we assess its impact as an innovative means for the economic empowerment of businesswomen. Data were gathered through 282 telephone interviews with a nationwide random sample of women who subscribed to Usaha Wanita. Our research found evidence that subscribers derived economic benefit from using the service. Subscribers reported that their business profits were greater, because of what they had learned from reading Usaha Wanita content. Women who were subscribers also had higher "good month’s" profits as well. Increased profits were positively correlated with frequent reading of the tips and information provided by Usaha Wanita and subscriber perception that the service was useful for business. Women who exhibited entrepreneurial optimism also had greater business profits. Findings suggest that entrepreneurial optimism amplified the effect of mobile phone use on profits.
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914564236
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Book review: Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo J. Boczkowski and Kirsten A. Foot,
           Media technologies: Essays on communication, materiality, and society
    • Authors: Harness; L.
      Pages: 286 - 287
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914566911
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Book review: Robin Jeffrey and Assa Doron, The great Indian phone book:
           How the cheap cell phone changes business, politics, and daily life
    • Authors: Sreekumar; T. T.
      Pages: 287 - 289
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914566911a
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
  • Book review: Mirca Madianou and Daniel Miller, Migration and new media:
           Transnational families and polymedia
    • Authors: Lorenzana; J. A.
      Pages: 289 - 290
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T02:20:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914566911b
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2015)
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