By Tracey Dowdy
According to a study by Pew Research Centre, a whopping 30 percent of Americans get their news via Facebook.
News from Facebook? Really? Real news, not just what color that dress is, celebrity obituaries, or reminders about which of my friends are having a birthday?
Facebook does offer FB Newswire targeted to journalists but available to anyone who sees Facebook as their primary source for news and information. However, if you’re a news junkie and want access to up-to-the-minute information from top news sources, these apps are my top picks:
AP Mobile brings me back to my university days working at a radio station in South Carolina. I loved the drama of tearing breaking news off the AP teleprinter before going on-air. Now, AP Mobile brings all that information to your mobile device with news spanning the globe, as well as local news customized to your region. (Free – iOS, Android, Windows)
BBC News brings you breaking news in a range of categories: business, entertainment, technology, the arts and sports. Along with print stories, users have the option of watching videos or listening to BBC Radio live. There is also the option of downloading stories and reading them later offline. (Free – iOS, Android)
CNN provides up-to-the-minute coverage of local and global events as they happen and provides users access to CNN shows live. (Check availability through your local telecommunications provider.) Users can also contribute stories or videos, as well as comment on stories directly from the app. (Free – iOS, Android, Windows)
Digg is a news aggregator that pulls stories, photos, videos, and audio from a variety of different sources based on staff picks and what’s trending. Users can follow favorite authors, bloggers and writers, and save content to review offline. (Free – iOS, Android)
Google Play Newsstand utilizes Google algorithms to create a magazine-style app highlighting what’s trending as well as breaking news. The app covers a broad scope of content from politics to sports from journalists, bloggers and news sources like The New York Times. Newsstand replaces Google Current which is no longer available, but existing Current users can have all their content and preferences instantly transferred when they install Newsstand. (Free – iOS, Android)
Al Jazeera English is one of those rare apps that offer more than the website. Considered by some as one of the least biased news sources, Al Jazeera English provides live 24 hour coverage of its programming, as well as access to stories, videos and news alerts. Customize what you see in My News and share stories through Facebook, Twitter and email. (Free – iOS, Android, Windows)
LinkedIn Pulse allows you to sign in through your LinkedIn profile to access news and information that you can then share with your LinkedIn contacts. Customize your feed based on your interests, import your RSS feeds, and sync content across all your devices. Content can be saved and stories can be sent to Pocket, Evernote, Instapaper, or Readability. (Free – iOS, Android)
Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Toronto, ON. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances and researches on subjects from family and education to pop culture and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.