Over the past three decades, newspapers have undergone several radical changes. Possibly the most significant change is the print-based model's decline and unclear future, as a much greater proportion of users access these stories through the internet.
Yet the internet as we know it is itself undergoing a rapid reconstruction. Over the past several years, the number of personal and laptop computer users has been dropping in favor of those whose online experience is dominated by tablets and smartphones. And in another significant dilution of the power of traditional journalism, the internet has allowed the formerly captive readers of hard-copy newspapers to escape to the wider world of blogs and free news aggregators.
Fortunately (for us), the Signpost has been spared the majority of the problems plaguing the traditional model for news production and consumption, but only because of the unique niche we hold and the medium in which we serve and publish. Still, we also need to keep up with new trends in what has become a very unstable environment. Thanks to the initiative of Yuvi Panda and Notnarayan, the Signpost now has an Android app, free for download on Google Play. A screenshot of the app is available to the right, with more on Wikimedia Commons; more information on the app itself is in this week's Technology report.
In unrelated notes: "In the news" has been renamed to "In the media", and the "Arbitration report" will be discontinued as a separate page until we have enough content to warrant more than a few sentences. The report will now appear in "News and notes" under the 'In brief' section each week.