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Current Personal
News Tracking App

Current Personal News Tracking Application

The first application to help students manage their relationship with the news.
How much news do you actually read? Do you really know? The goal of this application is to increase and sustain college student’s news consumption by tracking their news consumption across multiple apps / sources and devices.
BACKGROUND

Students claim that they are too busy to consume news. What if we could track and display how much time a student spends consuming news and what topics they are seeing or missing out on? Could we build an application that helps students manage their relationship with the news?

STRATEGY

Simply add the Current App to the iOS Share Sheet. Then after reading any article in your favorite news applications you can simply share the article with the Current App which will keep track of the articles you have read, the source, date and your geo location. You can also include additional content for richer analytics, including the stories location, issue, and topic. Using this information you can see how current you are to to events happening all over the world.

 

KEY FEATURES
  • Track personal news consumption habits (NikePlus / Fitbit).
  •  Set personal news consumption goals (daily/weekly).
  •  See areas / topics that you are deficient.
  •  Compare and compete with friends.
  •  Daily and weekly challenges.
  •  Build community through regional competitions; School vs School.
  • State vs State, Country vs Country.
  •  News training. Get coaching tips and tricks from news coaches (professional and students) as you work towards a specific goal.
IMPLEMENTATION

Simply add the Current App to the iOS Share Sheet. Then after reading any article in your favorite news applications you can simply share the article with the Current App which will keep track of the articles you have read, the source, date and your geo location. You can also include additional content for richer analytics, including the stories location, issue, and topic. Using this information you can see how current you are to to events happening all over the world.

 

BUILD ROLL-OUT

Phase 1 – Limited functionality using existing news reader databases (i.e. Pocket App). Using existing news reader databases (i.e. Pocket App), create a limited functionality visual display that allows students to visually track their news consumption. By using the existing database structure our application will be limited to only the data that is currently available to us, such as; time, duration, source, headline, author. For testing purposes I was able to use the custom tags feature in the Pocket app to create additional variables including; topic, issue, device, my location, story location.

Phase 2 – My hope is to create a fully functional application with corresponding database to track and store the data that I need to give a full sense of a college student’s news consumption. I would also be able to implement the social components including; comparing with friends, competitions between locations (school / city / state).

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