Ground News

App review by
Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Compare coverage of current events and control for bias.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

The platform lends itself to learning about current events, politics, and other topics addressed through news coverage. The app's filters aim to surface how bias influences news coverage and how coverage itself changes over time. It's designed to provide users with information from a variety of sources so that they can draw their own conclusions, so kids can practice critical thinking and news literacy.

Ease of Play

Simple to navigate. News coverage on a particular topic from different sources is tagged with left, center, or right-wing bias. The map feature helps users find and organize news based on location. Kids can also discover news coverage based on topics, places, people, sources, and trending status. 

Violence

Since the app focuses on a range of news coverage, kids will encounter realistic violence and unsettling current events. 

Sex

News coverage may include references to sex-related topics and may include mature themes. 

Language

News coverage may include profanity or crude humor. 

Consumerism

After the free week-long trial, a subscription is necessary to enjoy the app's features. Readers will encounter varying degrees of advertisements and promotional links depending on the news source's page. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

News coverage may include references to smoking, alcohol, or drug use. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ground News allows readers to compare news stories across different sources and across the political spectrum. The design of the app is intended to promote greater awareness around bias in news coverage. Stories from a variety of sources ranging from the political spectrum, labeled left, lean left, center, lean right, and right, are displayed under specific headlines. In addition to the bias filter, kids can filter news based on time and location. The time filter organizes coverage in a way that allows readers to see how stories develop over time. The location filter categorizes news coverage as local, national, or international. The app includes the My News Bias feature which provides a summary of the reader's bias based on browsing trends. The summary breaks down location, news category, and news article trends. Since the app is a news feed, kids will encounter realistic violence and other mature topics. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. 

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysomeaceontheinternet July 9, 2020

The best news app!

I have been using this app for a long time, and I am very pleased. Even without the Pro subscription, it is an amazing app.
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What's it about?

GROUND NEWS presents readers with news from different sources and allows users to filter news coverage based on political bias, time, location, and interest. Readers can scroll through the news feed on the home page to find a headline they want to explore further. All stories are tagged based on political bias. The map feature serves as a geographic filter, allowing users to see news coverage based on location. Readers can access local, national, or international news. The discover page offers a collection of news categories to explore. Tapping on a headline presents users with sources covering the story and a coverage analysis that provides a snapshot of news coverage across political spectrum, time, and location. Tapping on a source's icon takes readers directly to the news article on the source's page. The app offers automatic translation of articles into the reader's preferred language. Although the app is free, a subscription is required after the week-long trial to enjoy the app's unique features, including the coverage analysis and other comparison tools. 

Is it any good?

Teens and adults will enjoy this easy to navigate platform that presents news coverage in a way that promotes news literacy. The design of the app aims to help readers see beyond the political hype and sensationalism. By labeling news coverage with perceived political bias and providing analysis that shows how sources across the political spectrum cover current events, Ground News lets readers compare, analyze, and draw conclusions. Having access to a range of sources not only allows readers to see how bias impacts coverage, it also encourages greater awareness and informed decision making. Those seeking to be more critical consumers of news will appreciate the filters and comparison tools. The map feature is a great tool to narrow or broaden readers' scope. Zooming into a specific location provides links to local news, while zooming out pin points trending articles from around the world. This feature is a great way to explore and access news readers would normally not tune into. The discover tool is another neat feature that encourages readers to explore news relevant to different categories or topics. Overall, Ground News is a comprehensive app that combines effective comparison tools and links to a wide collection of news sources. Not only does the app seek to promote greater consumer awareness, by providing a bias analysis based on browsing trends, it also seeks to make readers more aware of their own personal biases. Reader's curiosity and desire to be informed drives the app; however, readers can also use the filters to access news that only aligns with their existing bias. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about liberal, conservative, and middle of the road views and how perspective can influence journalists and news sources while using Ground News. Understanding the bias that influences news coverage will help kids ask questions about the information they see and help them draw their own conclusions.

  • Invite kids to talk about the news they are following. Conversation can help kids contextualize news coverage and help them process their own ideas. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, text analysis
    Social Studies: events, global awareness, government, the economy
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, decision-making, making conclusions, thinking critically
    Emotional Development: perspective taking
    Tech Skills: evaluating media messages
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (seven-day free trial then $0.99/mo.)
  • Release date: January 31, 2020
  • Category: News
  • Size: 243.60 MB
  • Publisher: Snapwise Inc.
  • Version: 3.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: February 5, 2020

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