News Apps for iPhone and Android

Do you feel like you’re out of touch with what’s going on in the world? In this day and age, one of the most convenient ways to keep up to date with the latest news is to read it on your smart phone or other mobile device.

Also if you are pursuing a career in journalism or communications, it’s ideal to regularly learn from as many reputable news sources as possible.

We’ve compiled a list of great apps, that are all free, available for both Android and iOS (i.e. iPhone and iPad) devices.

Associated Press

The Associated Press (AP) is one of the most trustworthy national and international news sources; it is based in the United States with over 280 operating locations across the globe. As a non-profit cooperative, with two thirds of its staff made up of journalists, it focuses on “independent newsgathering” and supplies its numerous broadcast and newspaper members with continuous, up-to-date stories.

With the free AP Mobile app, available on such devices as iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Web OS and Nokia, users have access to breaking news at their fingertips. They can also customize with news category and locality selections.

Salon.com

Salon.com is a news site that attracts approximately 17.6 million visitors per month.Salon.com covers breaking news, politics, culture, technology and entertainment through investigative reporting, fearless commentary and criticism, and provocative personal essays,” states the website.

The Salon app, free and available for both Android and iPhone/iPad devices, presents its fresh news content in a mobile viewer friendly fashion.

Circa

The Circa News app has been created specifically with mobile device readers in mind. Its editorial staff delivers news stories from around the world that do not take long to read. Rather than merely summarizing the news, Circa “atomizes,” meaning “to break down a story into its core elements—the facts, stats, quotes, media, etc.” states its blog. The Circa app is available for iOS and Android devices and it’s free.

Digg

In simple terms, Digg acts like a curator to present the most interesting and popular stories that appear on the net. It does this not only through algorithms and the like but also through the work of a human editorial team. One of Digg’s major strengths is its RSS feed component allowing you to keep up with your favorite ones, news or otherwise. Digg is free and available as both an iOS and Android app.

LinkedIn Pulse

LinkedIn Pulse is another free Android and iOS app. Pulse prides itself on providing an easy-to-use tile or grid-like format presenting stories arranged by category from a wide range of reputable sources. Users can customize by selecting the outlets and “LinkedIn Influencers” they receive stories from. Signed into your LinkedIn account, you can also share and discuss stories among your professional network.

Pocket

It always happens—when you come across an article or story you want to read but don’t have time to at that very moment. Rather than forgetting to check back later, you can store it in the Pocket app. The article is then downloaded to your mobile device so that you can even read it when you have time, even when not connected to the Internet. The free Pocket app is available for a variety of devices from iPhone and iPad to Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and eBook Reader.

Don’t forget! Chances are some of your favorite newspapers, magazines and other news sources, have apps you can also download to your smart phone or other mobile devices.

Meet the Author

Michelle - Contributing Editor

Michelle Brunet is a freelance writer who contributes to numerous print and online publications, including JournalismDegree.com. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies/Biology and a B.Ed. Prior to writing, Michelle spent time teaching (in Canada and South Korea), volunteering on an organic farm in Ontario, camp counseling in Hong Kong, and a range of other short term gigs, from waitressing at a resort to separating recyclables on a conveyor belt. She loves meeting new people and is constantly fascinated by their unique stories.

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