Multimodal mobile news: design and images in tablet-platform apps

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationShifts towards image-centricity in contemporary multimodal practices
    EditorsHartmut Stöckl, Helen Caple, Jana Pflaeging
    Place of PublicationNew York ; Oxford
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter10
    Pages233-252
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429487965, 9780429947513
    ISBN (Print)9781138596085
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge studies in multimodality

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