App of the Week – Ground
The words of the year is “Fake News.” We hear it too often and have come distrust information fed to us by the media. Thanks in large part to the current political environment. That is why Ground is the App of the Week.
Ground links to news stories from major publications like CNN, The New York Times, and Reuters and news-related social media news sites like Reddit, Twitter, and Instagram. The stories are overlayed over a map making them easy to find. Users of the app can examine news stories in their hometown or any town they wish.
After logging into the app the users can allow Ground acces to their location so it can provide local news. News feeds can be customized to the categories they are most interested in, selecting from a list that includes Science & Tech, Politics, Sports, Business, and Media & Arts.
But the real beauty of the Ground app is that you can label stories and even contact people in that location for real time information.
Users can lable a story with a Disappointed, Good News, I’m With You, or Suspicious button and comment on the news. The idea is to establish contact and a discussion with people on the ground in the area.
This app is not fool-proof but the maker does make an effort to verify users. How is unknown. But getting information from people who are in the area or affected by an incident is a good idea. As a user of the app you can also report news that is happening around you.