The new Reuters report has landed. It arrived a few days ago, and as you’re in the industry you’re in, you’ve probably had a chance to look through it already.
This week too, many have been watching what feels like an inevitably tragic news story unfolding about the Titan submersible that went missing. Most news sites are featuring updates or live blogs of the events on their front pages.
Both Reuters and Titan have proved to be a timely reminder to highlight important things we need to reiterate about news publication and news consumption.
- Live blogs are an important format for ‘Update me’ stories. Even just a cursory glance on Twitter reveals people acknowledging how they’re glued to their devices, desperate for an update - of any kind.
- Reuters highlighted how 55% of respondents to its annual report wished that journalists would employ different approaches to reporting the news - positive news stories being the cited example. 46% said they were interested in reading about solutions, not problems.
These two things may seem like polar opposites, but that’s kind of the point.
Users have needs. For every reader refreshing their live feed in the hope of an update, there’s someone else trying to get as far away from this unraveling, seemingly inevitable tragedy as possible.