The Financial Times has been awarded the prestigious Best Mobile Innovation for Publishing prize for its Web App at today’s Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona. The prize recognises excellence in developing innovative mobile material, highlighting the rapid evolution of the printed word to digital media on mobile handsets and tablet devices.
Since its launch in June 2011 the FT Web App has had over 1.7 m users with 40% having bookmarked it to their home screen. The FT was the first major news publisher to launch an app of this type, which uses HTML5 technology and allows users to download directly from the browser.
NEW YORK: The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) has awarded the Financial Times with nine prizes, the most given to any one news outlet, in its annual Best in Business contest. The competition, which recognises the year’s finest business news coverage and commentary, generated over 1,000 entries from leading news organisations, making 2011 the most competitive year in the history of the contest.
How long have you worked at the FT and what do you cover?
14 years. I cover media, which can mean anything from writing about the future of the music business to how tablets are changing dry scientific journals.
What made you want to be a journalist?
I like asking impertinent questions of important people and finding out how things work, but the first time I remember wanting to be a journalist was at age 11, watching Brian Hanrahan cover the Falklands War for the BBC. (I’ve done nothing remotely dangerous since.)
The Financial Times and The Economist today publish the results from the latest Global Business Barometer, which reveals that business executives in North America and Europe are not as pessimistic about the global economy in comparison to their peers in emerging market regions.
The Financial Times now reaches 2.2 million people worldwide on a daily basis. The latest Average Daily Global Audience (ADGA) figures announced today reveal that more people than ever are consuming FT content in print, online and through mobile devices. The number of people accessing FT.com daily has surpassed 900,000, showing a 36 per cent year on year increase in online readers. The FT has also seen a sharp rise in mobile users, with increases of 66 per cent on smart phones and 71 per cent on tablets in the last six months*.