Found this in a recent blog post by Mario Garcia:

1. Today’s audience has a big appetite for news and information, and so they appreciate the constant flow of information.

2. Today’s audience also wants a bit of the curated, or “static” editioning that comes two or three times a day, at a specific time and in which they get a reassurance from the editors of their favorite news source about stories they ought to know about.

3. Today’s audience, constantly saturated by the never ending flow of information, wants a sense of finality at some points during the day: my workout has come to an end, the movie is finished, I have gotten to the last page of the newspaper or magazine.

Satisfying the audiences’ needs as described here is one of the most interesting challenges facing editors and designers in the newsroom.

What do you think? Is Mario on to something? What data would back this up?

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