Keeping up to date with the latest news has arguably been never more important than it has during the past 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve needed to know what the latest government restrictions are at all times in addition to the data surrounding the virus. However, news does go way beyond Covid-19 and generally keeping updated with current affairs is hugely important.
There are many apps on the market today that aim to provide users with a service which keeps them in the loop with latest news headlines and today we are going to talk about the best ones available. We’ve decided to stay clear of actual newspaper apps in order to avoid pushing any kind of political ideologies on to you. Let’s take a look at what there is!
Best news app UK – Ranked
While Twitter is in theory a social media website, it does a whole lot more than just keep friends in touch with one and other. In fact, over the past decade it has arguably become the place where the majority of news now breaks. Every top Journalist in the UK is on the app, in order to every News organisation, allowing you to keep bang up to date with the latest news across the UK via your Twitter timeline.
Twitter is a really easy platform to use, and sign up to (Arguably too easy given the trolls that it attracts.) Once you’ve logged in to the app you will be able to follow all of the most popular news organisations in the UK including The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Sun. You can also follow the most well respected Journalist in the country. If you want to be alerted each time one these accounts tweet then you can hit the bell icon attached to these accounts and then select ‘All Tweets’. Good accounts to turn notifications on for are Sky Breaking News and BBC Breaking News.
As the app figures out your interests you will be able to see what’s ‘trending’ within the world of Twitter. This essentially means which terms of being tweeted out the most by users across the app. For example, if you see the word ‘Covid’ trending then you can assume that some big news about Covid has just dropped. You can click on any trending topic to discover more information about why it’s trending. You can set a radius for the trending feature, so if you’re only interested in what’s popular in your local area then you can assign a shorter radius.
Another popular feature that is used by Journalists on Twitter are threads. This is where you create a series of Tweets that follow on from each other. These are typically used by Journalist where they are reporting on live events as they happen such as press conferences or police incidents. These are without doubt the quickest and best way to keep up to date with potentially history making events as they happen.
From a social media giant to an app created specifically for News. While Twitter is fantastic for news, you can end up down a hole of following non-news accounts and potentially missing out on big stories. With Feedly, that simply will not happen because the app is designed to provide users with the latest news on the topics that interest them the most.
When you download the app you can create an account for free in what is a really quick process. If you have an Apple phone then you just sign up via your Apple ID using face ID and you’ll be on to the main hub of the app within seconds. From here, you can start adding content to your home page.
You will get the choice of websites, Twitter accounts, Reddit page and newsletters. To find content that suits your interests the most you can either use their ready-made categories or their search bar. Personally, I would use their search function because this will bring up everything related to the term(s) you put in here. For example, if you’re on the website tab and type in football, it will bring up every website related to football which can be added to your feed. The process is exactly the same for Reddit, Twitter and Newsletters.
The explore tab is another great feature which allows users to see which articles on the internet are trending across a whole host of different categories including technology, gaming and business. These articles will be the most up to date and/or most popular news stories of the day meaning that you won’t miss out on any of the key stories. If you’re busy but see an article that interests you, then you can add it your ‘read later’ tab meaning that you never end up forgetting about or losing a news story that you wanted to read.
Newsstand UK is an app which collects all the content from the biggest newspaper in the UK and puts it in one place. When you first open the app you are able to select which topics interest you the most to give Newsstand an idea of what content to suggest to you. Once you’ve told them your interest then your homepage will be made up of all the latest stories from every newspaper in the UK that match with these topics of interest.
If there are any particular newspapers that you want to see content from then you can select them via the newsfeed tab. You can even scan through everything a particular paper has to offer by clicking on its name. Within the newsfeed tab, you can also save any of your favourite articles in here too.
It’s a really simple app that does exactly what it says on the tin.
To conclude, there are a variety of different apps on the market today which provide you with a comprehensive outlook on the latest news. For me, Twitter is the best for keeping up to date on the latest hot topics due to the fact its short and snappy nature allows Journalists to break news in the quickest way possible.