Archive | July 2013

Mobile news content is catching on

The number of people accessing news content through tablets is on the rise, according to a report from the Pew Research Center.

The report found that 50 percent of U.S. adults own a smartphone or tablet, and 66 percent of those users get news through their devices.

The report also suggested that owning a tablet is linked to increased news engagement, as 41 percent of tablet owners reported spending more than an hour a day accessing news content through their devices. It also found that a majority of tablet users read in-depth articles on their devices.

The report’s findings all point to a shift in the way news is being consumed. As tablets become increasingly common in households, media organizations have to offer content that is viable on multiple platforms. Some of the possibilities of these new platforms have already developed, like newspapers monetizing apps, but I’m curious to see what the long term implications of this shift will be.



Downtown construction for the streetcar continues

Georgia State commuters can expect more traffic downtown as construction for the Atlanta Streetcar Project increases.

Construction for the project is currently taking place on Luckie Street, Edgewood Avenue, Auburn Avenue, and several other streets around the Georgia State campus. According to the city, all of Luckie Street will be closed until the end of July.

The project is expected to cost $69 million and is being funded by the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, MARTA, and federal funding.

The streetcar will run in a loop from Andrew Young International Blvd. to Jackson Street and will offer transit to Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola, and other popular attractions.

While the streetcar will serve the Georgia State area, students have expressed mixed feelings about the project.

Elizabeth Wilkes, a Georgia State senior, said, “It makes my commute back to my apartment a lot longer. It doesn’t seem like its added anything to the infrastructure of MARTA…but I’ll probably try it.”

Dante Sul, a Georgia State junior, said, “I might use it, but if I’m around campus I’ll probably just use MARTA.”

The streetcar is expected to be ready for operation by May.