Tablets provide a canvas with unique characteristics, by which news institutions and their readers can, respectively, distribute and access news. This paper reports on a study into the multimodal construal of news on the front page/home page of 12 English-language news apps from Australia, the UK, and the USA. The apps studied appear to cluster into a relatively limited number of design choices according to their use of language, page composition, and visual metaphor on the home page. Images are used for a wide variety of news functions and in a variety of different designs, but are ubiquitous. The question of whether the home pages of these apps are image-centric is addressed. A definition of ‘image-centricity’ is proposed.
|Title of host publication||Shifts towards image-centricity in contemporary multimodal practices|
|Editors||Hartmut Stöckl, Helen Caple, Jana Pflaeging|
|Place of Publication||New York ; Oxford|
|Number of pages||20|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9780429487965, 9780429947513|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Routledge studies in multimodality|
Knox, J. S. (2020). Multimodal mobile news: design and images in tablet-platform apps. In H. Stöckl, H. Caple, & J. Pflaeging (Eds.), Shifts towards image-centricity in contemporary multimodal practices (pp. 233-252). (Routledge studies in multimodality). New York ; Oxford: Routledge.