Following in the footsteps of OSD Public Affairs, U.S. Army Special Operations Command has announced that its news is now packaged to be read on mobile devices.
From the release:
“The news service basically was developed as a means of getting news articles out locally and nationally,” said Walter Sokalski, USASOC Deputy Public Affairs Officer. “This information use to be faxed which involved intense man power. Instead of diluting content we decided to come up with an alternative with news directed toward soldiers, civilians, and people of SOC.”
UNS-Mobile is geared for hand-held devices such as phones and personal digital assistants – the new sources for news.
“This site is for people on the go,” said Mark Tate, the UNS webmaster. “The screens on those devices are not that large and the graphics that we have on the main page doesn’t look right on a Blackberry. It was a design-challenge as we had to create an interesting looking site without graphics.”
This is a good step toward making special operations news more accessable to the general public. More and more, people are getting their news on the go — Every day, I seem to see more and more people checking their Blackberrys and mobile phones for news when I ride the subway to work.
Thanks to RTO for the tip.