Apps for News Junkies

Keeping up with happenings in the world has never been easier. Even if you are one of those people who feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to get done, finding out the latest news headlines is just a Smartphone app away.

Gareth Pooleon

There are many really good reasons to keep up with developments in the world around you. One of the most important is what they probably told you back in high school Civics class: an informed citizenry is one of the most important elements of an effective democracy. No one should be left in the dark about important issues being debated by our elected representatives in Washington, in the State capital, or down at City Hall.

For those of us who just don’t seem to have enough time to keep up, there is a Smartphone app called Breaking News that draws its information from hundreds of different news sources and edits them into real-time, bite-sized chunks by a team of journalists. Breaking News also has an active Twitter feed. Users can select a topic, like “economy” or “sports,” and get all of the related tweets.

Another good news app is called Sky Grid. It organizes its stories in several different ways: Top Stories is everything that is new, and other sections sort news into general and more specific categories. It allows for instant sharing to Facebook or Twitter, so users can share stories with a simple tap.

Gareth Pooleon is a high school administrator at the Oregon Connections Academy, a virtual public school based in Mill City, Oregon. He likes to keep up with current events, and refers to himself as a news junkie.

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