App of the Week – Ground

Published On May 15, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | App of the Week

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.

Ground is free and available for Apple and Android devices.

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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