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Apps, Geotagging of Physical Places, Location-based services, Mobile Journalism, Mobile Social Media, Research, Smartphones

News organizations using locative technologies

While mainstream news organizations are trying everything to survive in the digital scenario, research has taught us that traditional news outlets are quite slow to adopt new technologies. In this sense, the same is happening with the adoption of locative technologies. I have noticed so far only three main ways a handful of news organizations are experimenting with locative media. Here are some very interesting examples:

1) Audio walking named King’s Cross Street Stories by the British newspaper The Guardian:

King's Cross, London - Streetstories

2) Audio walking – StoryCorps by the North American NPR (National Public Radio) with Stories Everywhere:

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Foursquare – many news organizations are experimenting with this location-based social network to spread information according to the user’s location.

Foursquare

Additional sources:  King’s Cross Street Stories

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About Cláudia Silva

Cláudia Silva is a Postdoctoral Research fellow at M-ITI (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute). She received a PhD in Digital Media from the New University of Lisbon within the context of the University of Texas at Austin-Portugal international doctoral program (May, 2016). For her doctoral dissertation, she worked with Latino communities in Austin, Texas, during four years, conducting ethnographic work and teaching different age groups on how to create grassroots location-based storytelling. At the University of Texas at Austin, her advisor was Dr. Joseph Straubhaar. At the New University of Lisbon, she was co-advised by Dr. António Granado. In Portugal, she has worked as an Arts Journalist for the national Portuguese newspaper Público. Cláudia has also published in the national Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo, and in other regional and local Brazilian publications. She received a MA in Journalism from the New University of Lisbon, in Portugal (2009), and a BA in Social Communication (Journalism) from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais, in Brazil (2005). Her research interests are on digital media, locative media, location-based storytelling and mobile media, underserved and local communities, new technologies applied into social innovation and journalism. In addition to that, Cláudia is a fan of novels and literature, old and rare books, and she enjoys writing literary texts as well.

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