Mobile News Platform for Hyperlocal News
Mobile App Built for Richmond Confidential
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
NMWE award winner and UC-Berkeley grad student Bo Hee Kim hired a developer to create a WordPress plugin that would work well with CalPress, the content management system used for the university's three hyperlocal news sites.
However, she reports, she changed her goals along the way. She expected weather and traffic to be key information needs for the readers of Richmond Confidential, her pilot site. But it turns out most of the site's readers don't visit the site daily, so they'd be likely to get this information elsewhere.
Instead, she focused on what would be more relevant to the site's readers. She settled on a mobile app that would offer readers an aesthetically pleasing way to see the three to five new stories a day the site produces.
"My favorite part of the news-reading portion" of her platform is the ability to resize text so when you spread your fingers on the paragraph of an article, the font will increase while the texts remains within the frame of the cell phone.
• Posted by Bo Hee Kim on 08/01 at 01:25 PM
The First Mobile Site Takes Shape
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
I’m in the early stages of developing the mobile site prototype for RichmondConfidential.org, the hyperlocal news site. I will use this site for testing before implementing similar mobile sites to the other hyperlocal news sites we run here at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
In order for a developer to be able to implement some of the features, we need to rewrite a lot of the backend in HTML5. That should be done by mid-January. My developer is already working with the CalPress WordPress theme that the hyperlocals run on to determine how best to implement a mobile site. The features and functionality for Richmond Confidential are locked in and agreed upon. They are a little different than what I originally proposed but better suit the needs of the site's audience. Our goal is to not only have a great mobile site, but to add functionality to RichmondConfidential.org as well so that people will continue to come back to our site. We aim to be the main news source for all things in Richmond, California. There are three components to the mobile site:
• Posted by Bo Hee Kim on 01/04 at 04:23 PM
Here we go: Hello, Richmond Confidential!
Thursday, December 01, 2011
It’s been about a month since my last post, so I’ll do several over the next week to make up for it.
At the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, we run three hyperlocal news websites: Mission Local, Oakland North and Richmond Confidential. Mission Local has a ton of traffic and content, but for my first project there are just too many content streams I would have to consider. Richmond Confidential has the smallest amount of traffic and content, since it is one of the newest sites. Oakland North seemed like a good middle ground to create/tweak my mobile site with.
Then, there was the roadblock.
• Posted by Bo Hee Kim on 12/01 at 03:03 PM
Shiny New Toys and Possible Features
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I’ve been playing around with Balsamiq, trying to play with different ways to play with a mobile site. I’m taking a lot of inspiration from everywhere. I particularly love The Boston Globe responsive redesign.
I was lucky enough to go to ONA this year and listen to Ethan Marcotte talk about what responsive redesign actually is. The reason I’ve gone with a mobile site as opposed to an App is that it simply isn’t feasible for the majority of news organizations to create an app that works with every single tablet and smartphone out there. I love some of the customizations you can do on an app, but for me it’s simply a matter of resources.
The thing that blew me away about Marcotte’s presentation is that almost nothing is defined by pixels. Every section is basically defined in percentages. But obviously, you can’t just resize content for a desktop and a smartphone and expect good results. That’s why Marcotte detects the pixel width (not the device) of your screen, whatever you’re on, and displays content accordingly. There aren’t 10 different designs for the 10 different devices, there are maybe three. He sets the breaking points for each design by pixel. If you want to read more about what he’s done with the Boston Globe, check it out on his blog.
• Posted by Bo Hee Kim on 11/22 at 11:17 AM
And so we begin…
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I'm still in the phase of figuring out the details of my project. My original pitch was to create a more interactive mobile version of a website for a hyperlocal news organization run out of UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. I have decided on Oakland North for the time being, as they have an active mobile population that wouldn't be too overwhelming for a first run (as opposed to Richmond Confidential, which has little mobile activity, and Mission Local, which has too much).
According to a recent PEW report, "28 percent of all American adults use mobile or social location-based services of some kind." This makes me happy.
• Posted by Bo Hee Kim on 09/20 at 07:16 PM