RJI Futures Lab update #40

News tailored for mobile platforms

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In this week's Futures Lab update, the Reynolds Journalism Institute brings you three examples of how news is being reengineered for people on the go.

Part 1: Circa

The mobile app Circa has received a lot of attention for its effort to redefine the experience of keeping up with the news via smartphone. The operation is half newsroom and half tech start-up powered by a content-management system that breaks down stories to individual components – facts, statistics, quotes, etc. The pieces can then be reassembled in various ways. RJI goes inside Circa's San Francisco headquarters to talk with Director of News David Cohn, a 2010-2011 Reynolds Fellow, and see how the 12-person news team stays on top of as many as 150 stories at a time.

Part 2: Rivet News Radio

An app called Rivet News Radio is one of the latest efforts to transition radio news into the mobile device era. The app provides customizable audio news, including traffic reports based on a user's location and stories selected to match the listener's individual interests. RJI visits the team at HearHere Radio, the Chicago-based start-up behind the app, to learn more about the operation.

Part 3: Watchup for Google Glass

Through apps like Watchup, personalized video newscasts are moving beyond smartphones and onto wearable technology like Google Glass. Watchup founder and CEO Adriano Farano explains the experience of hands-free mobile video now and in the future.

Watch the RJI Futures Lab video update here.

Too busy to watch it now? Keep up with journalism innovation on the go with the Futures Lab iPad app. Futures Lab video updates appear weekly with reports on the latest in innovation and entrepreneurship for the newsroom leaders of today and tomorrow.

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