I was in a public bathroom when I overheard two ladies talking about Ebola. Both of them said they had heard about it on the news and they both confessed they had no real idea what it was but they were defiantly afraid of it. The World State App hopes to keep that from happening with their innovative way of news delivery and dissemination.
Right now the app is in development but you can sign up for the newsletter or enjoy the beta version. Basically this project is a new way to look at news. Instead of long form, in depth articles or short fear fueled clickbait, the developers want to present news in a more fact based fashion. As in, this is the story and here are the relevant facts about it. This means doing away with fancy photos and sticking to tightly edited news snippets to make things easier to read on a mobile device as well as a PC.
If you were to click on “Ebola” for instance (as those two ladies in the bathroom should) it gives you a quick paragraph regarding what Ebola is (a terrible disease) followed by news bites for the relevant stories in reverse chronological order. As it’s still in beta, there’s only the most news worthy of headlines being posted, but it’s probably worth keeping an eye on it if it gets traction, since it will clearly develop over time.