Do you come out of a three-hour meeting wondering what you missed in this fast-paced news cycle?
You check your phone and often end up on social networks that may or may not offer the news you need.
More and more readers, however, are going to our NWI.com app for the latest stories, filed as they happen, whether in the Region, in Indianapolis, in Washington, D.C., or farther away.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about our email newsletters offering news on the go by themes, ranging from business to health and fitness.
Those are gaining popularity as readers sign up for them at nwi.com/subscribe, but at the same time the app is seeing dramatic growth as the national and state headlines come fast and furious.
In January, the app hit nearly 2.5 million page views, up by 500,000 from the prior month.
What is sparking the growth? Certainly the news is bringing readers in more frequently, but a couple of changes on the app have created a more user-friendly experience.
The app is simply designed, with channels for latest, sports, business, obituaries, classifieds and more (largely commentary and features).
You come to the app as the day progresses to check for breaking news. Knowing that, we increased the number of stories in the latest channel to 50.
One look and you’ll find in one place what you missed during that three-hour meeting, and then some. The first stories you’ll see are those we mark featured. Otherwise the latest channel brings in news as it happens.
We all know that the Trump administration is in the news regularly with executive actions and developments, but so is the new Holcomb administration and General Assembly in Indianapolis.
Times’ Statehouse Bureau Chief Dan Carden, based in Indianapolis, brings news of interest to Northwest Indiana each day. He’s the only reporter from the Region based in the state capital, and his stories come throughout the day and can be found on the app in the latest channel.
Another change in the app, made a few months ago, has spiked reading of business news. Prior to the change, there was no dedicated business channel. Now there is one, and it picks up the latest local and national business news all day.
If you haven’t used the app in a while, give it a try. To download, just go to your app store.
While I’ve been highlighting mobile delivery of news, we’ve been working on improving your experience with The Times every day.
Earlier this month, we added more nation and world news on a daily basis, and already readers are noticing.
On most days, we’ll feature a nation/world page packed with information.
Our goal — while staying largely local and regional — is to include the top nation and world stories in print. You can read more online, if you’d like, or perhaps on our app. Stay informed with the additional content.
Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.