Now This News App for Kids
Now This News, a youth-targeted website that consolidates news stories, videos and images, has launched a free mobile application for inquisitive minds. Now This News’ format targets younger users who are traditionally more drawn to succinct forms of news content that are easy to absorb and share.
To encourage interactivity and online content sharing, Now This News has also created profiles on several social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. The app officially launched in early November and is part of a growing collection of youth-dedicated news sites and mobile applications.
Similar ventures include Summly and Timbuktu. Summly, a smartphone application founded by UK teenage wunderkind Nick D’Aloisio, launched in late 2011. Summly sorts and condenses news stories into summaries 400 characters long, delivering content to users in an easy-to-read format. Summly’s “summarisation technology” is powered by a mathematical algorithm and is designed to help users browse, pursue and share news faster.
And iPad magazine Timbuktu targets even younger audiences, featuring engaging imagery and animated videos that discuss current news topics. Timbuktu encourages parents to use the online magazine to encourage shared educational moments with children.
Argentina-based online news site Tribuna Kids (Kid’s Tribune) also targets younger readers, offering concise examinations of current affairs in accessible language. For further information on Kid’s Tribune, see Stylus' coverage.
Integrated social media applications, accessible language, engaging visuals and concise, easy-to-browse content are all key elements in engaging youth audiences with news, politics and education.