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Apple Watch and News Curation: Capturing the Moment

Posted on the 18 May 2015 by Themarioblog @garciainteract

It’s one week with my fabulous Apple Watch. Yes, we are inseparable and why should we not be?  The Apple Watch is attractive (I can wear it with my running attire as I head out to Central Park in the morning), but also with my suit and bow tie for a night in the town.  It feels right to have it on, if nothing else because of two reasons:  it keeps track of my daily fitness, the number of calories I have burned, steps I have taken and other health worthy goals. 

It also brings the news to me as it happens.

That, of course, is my main interest. It is the reason that I feel as if I have a laboratory attached to my wrist.  For days now, I have been intrigued by how the news is presented on the small canvas of a smart watch.  I have no trouble with the size of type at all.

I am more fascinated by frequency patterns for breaking news, and for the mix of stories that flows into my watch.

The Experiment and The Results

Saturday, May 16, I decided to take a specific time period—9:15 in the morning, New York City time—and observe carefully the news activity from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and The Guardian, five titles whose smart watch apps I follow several times a day.

The results?

1. One breaking news dominated across all five of the titles——US special  forces have killed a senior ISIS leader.

As happens all the time, it was USA Today that first “alerted” me to this breaking news, followed by The Wall Street Journal, with the ever cautious (triple checking?) New York Times came in third.  This has been a pattern for all breaking news for the past 7 days.  So much so that I wait— and usually get it right —when the Times will break the news.  The Guardian normally has only one story at a time on the Smartwatch, and it , too, led with the same ISIS leader killed story.

Aside from the breaking news, it is fascinating to see how the five  titles maneuver with “other” stories, although almost all will include some type of lifestyle or trend story (see the full listings below).


Smartwatch editioning

The five publications I am monitoring on my Apple Watch seem to be taking baby steps in the business of news and wearables, obviously.

I can’t say that I see a pattern of an emerging “mini edition” of a title that seems specifically crafted for the smart watch, although I assume that it will come with time.

The exception may be The Washington Post, which banks on its one “invisible” story of the day——The End of US Honey?—then follows with the rest of the news.

To me, here is a grand opportunity to attract advertising (there is only advertising in The Washington Post, which has Infinity as its sponsor) and to truly present “mini editions” with a variety of content according to different times of the day.

The mix of stories should always include breaking news, of course, it is what this platform is best suited for, although I find that the “trend” and “lifestyle” items are the ones that surprise me the most, and the ones that separate one title from the other.

I see rich opportunities for experimentation here and fertile ground for those very essential monetization efforts.  Only time will tell how successful publications can be as they join the fifth platform of the media quintet.  Our smart watches are ideally suited to tell us that when it happens.

Take a look at the content for five titles in their Apple Watch apps

The New York Times
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment

Saturday May 16 at 9:15 a.m, New York City time


Breaking

US special  forces have killed a senior ISIS leader
An Egyptian court has sentenced former president Morsi to death

Lifestyle

Evidence growing that children benefit from having mothers who work

News
An object may have struck Amstrak train before it derailed

Features

Crowds love American Pharaoh, but the horse does not like them

The US is top destination for economic fugitives from China

The Washington Post
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment

Saturday May 16 at 9:15 a.m, New York City time

Feature Story of the day:

The End of US Honey?

Breaking

Top ISIS Leader killed in raid by US Commanders

News

FBI probes report that projectile hit Amtrak train that derailed

Polluted waters could force Rio de Janeiro to move 2016 Olympic races

Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death

Ex Egymptian leader Morsi sentenced to death for conspiring in jailbreak

The Guardian
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment

Saturday May 16 at 9:15 a.m, New York City time

Today’s Top Story

Syria/US Special forces kill Isis Commander and capture wife in raid

USA Today
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment

Saturday May 16 at 9:15 a.m, New York City time

Breaking

US troops kill ISIL Commander in raid inside Syria

Sports

Preakness 2015: Race Time, TV schedule

Money

Photos leak ahead of today’s Chevrolet Camaro 
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Top 10 investing  mistakes to avoid

Life

Matthew McConaughey filmed booed at Cannes

The Wall Street Journal
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment
Apple Watch and news curation: capturing the moment

Saturday May 16 at 9:15 a.m, New York City time

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Business

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Feature

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