Regina McCombs & Roger Fidler present a round up and new release of mobile & tablet research

Our next session, and first announcement from the RJI Digital Publishing Alliance partnership, will offer a plethora of data and research about mobile and tablet usage with two experts in the field. It’ll be the first session of the day-long mobile and tablet track, so make sure you grab a nutritious breakfast because we’re kickin’ off this hoedown with a steaming helping of data:

Mobile & Tablet Research Roundup

What we know about mobile users — maybe: Regina McCombs will synthesize the research on mobile from Nielsen, Pew, comScore, Google, RJI and a host of other studies to sort through what’s holding up over time and what’s contradictory. Roger Fidler will also release the latest survey results from the DPA’s iPad/Tablet Research Project. His summer survey is the first to track user behaviors and news consumption trends on the iPad as well as all other comparable media tablets worldwide.



Regina McCombs speaks at SND STL

Regina McCombs

Regina McCombs is a faculty member of The Poynter Institute, teaching multimedia, mobile and social journalism. She was the senior producer for multimedia at in Minneapolis-St. Paul for 11 years. She arrived there after 13 years as a field producer and photographer at KARE-TV, the NPPA-winning powerhouse in Minneapolis. Winner of numerous Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International awards for multimedia storytelling, as well as Emmys for her video and multimedia work, she has been a regular speaker around the world, talking about finding new ways to tell stories on the Web and mobile platforms. For, she coordinated the multimedia team’s coverage, shot and edited video stories, created audio slide shows, produced major projects and trained staff in creating multimedia. She also taught classes in online journalism and TV news at the University of Minnesota, where she received her master’s degree. She contributes to’s Mobile Media blog.

Roger Fidler

Roger Fidler

Roger Fidler is an internationally recognized new media pioneer and visionary, and a founding member of SND. He is best known for his vision of digital newspapers and mobile reading devices, which he first wrote about in 1981. As Director of New Media for Knight-Ridder Inc. in the 1990s, he pursued his vision at the company’s Information Design Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. In 1994, his team at the lab produced a video titled “The Tablet Newspaper: A Vision for the Future” that demonstrated how people might one day read newspapers and magazines on tablets. The video has gone viral on the Web since the announcement of the Apple iPad.

As Program Director for Digital Publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), Fidler coordinates digital publishing research projects and the Digital Publishing Alliance, a member-supported initiative that includes The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. He has been at RJI since 2004 when he was named as the first Reynolds Journalism Fellow. At the time of his appointment he was a tenured professor of journalism and information design in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University in Ohio.

In addition to serving as Knight-Ridder’s Director of New Media, Fidler founded and directed the Knight-Ridder Graphics Network (now McClatchy/Tribune Graphic Service), the first computer-based news graphics service (1983-1988), and PressLink, the first global intranet for the newspaper industry (1985-1991). He also was a member of Knight-Ridder’s videotex development team, and served as the first director of design for the company’s pioneering consumer online service known as Viewtron (1979-1983).

Fidler began his career in 1962 doing a little bit of everything at a weekly newspaper in Eugene, Oregon. A year later the Eugene Register-Guard hired him as a science writer and illustrator. His early career took him from Oregon to Pacific Stars and Stripes in Tokyo as the Sunday magazine editor and editorial art director, to the St. Petersburg Times as a features editor, and to the Detroit Free Press as the paper’s first design director and editorial systems manager.

For his innovative work in digital publishing, Fidler was named one of four finalists in 2003 for the prestigious World Technology Award in Media and Journalism and inducted as a World Technology Network Fellow. In 2004, he was again named as a finalist.

Fidler is the author of Mediamorphosis: Understanding New Media (Pine Forge Press, 1997) and numerous articles and book chapters. In 1999, the Freedom Forum Newseum honored Fidler as an electronic news pioneer and one of history’s “Most Intriguing Newspeople” in its book Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists (Eric Newton, ed., Times Books/Random House). He is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide on topics relating to digital publishing, new media and the future of print media.

He attended the University of Oregon (1962-66) and earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kent State University in 1999. In 2004 he was inducted into the University of Oregon School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement.


This session will be held in partnership with the RJI Digital Publishing Alliance partnership for SND STL. Read more about the partnership or check out the other sessions from the mobile and tablet track.

Learn more about the Digital Publishing Alliance:

The Digital Publishing Alliance (DPA) is a member-supported initiative of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Its mission is to bring together leaders and innovators from forward-thinking organizations to pursue new strategies, digital content products and business models for publishing and journalism, with an emphasis on news applications for media tablets and e-readers.


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