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CircleMe

☀☀ CircleMe consists of a motley collection of news stories. I didn’t see a single article in my feed that I was interested in or that seemed important. Instead, I got stories about cars from a Shanghai car show, self-promotions from a company called Starlight PR and a link to the Forbes welcome page. Additionally, some of the top-listed articles were years old. The app runs well enough and the layout is certainly user-friendly, but for journalists the obscure and outdated content detracts from the point of having a news app. It’s available on Google Play and iTunes. Leah Soto

AP News

☀☀☀☀ AP News, “where the news gets its news,” helps users stay up to date with The Associated Press and other trustworthy news sources. Easily explore local, national and global news. Enable notifications and save favorite news stories. In comparison to other news apps, AP News is usually first at getting news out. Another good feature: news is readable in both Spanish and English. Journalists can utilize this tool to quickly be notified of breaking news. The app is available for both iPhone and Android. Nisa Ayral

SmartNews

☀☀☀☀ SmartNews says it can give you all the “relevant” news in one minute. This free mobile news app searches millions of articles for the day’s top stories. The app’s simplicity is a plus. With bold headlines and clever colors, everyone can find their way. The “discover” page streams new and unique content, allowing users to sample different types of journalism. The app’s “SmartView” technology promises fast content delivery, even without wifi. Other reviews tout SmartNews is an “excellent news app,” with a user-friendly base. — Dillion Eddie

Google Play Newsstand

☀☀☀Google Play Newsstand, originally known as Google Currents, is a source for news updates, including hard news, entertainment and science, available online and through an app. The readings are categorized by interest, and though each provides information in both news and magazine form. Most of the content has a fee, ranging from $1.99 to $5.99. If you’re cheap (like I am), this could pose a problem. The hard news section is free, within limits, making it a better choice for journalists on a budget. Keep your favorite sources in one place using “My Newsstand.” — Nisa Ayral

Inoreader

☀☀☀☀☀ Intuitive. Powerful. Fast. Inoreader has blown the competition out of the water as an RSS Reader. Unlike the popular app, Feedly, Inoreader gives all of its users unlimited source subscriptions. It also gives users the ability to read as much as they need, helps them stay organized, and search for any topic in seconds; most RSS Readers don’t offer these for free. Unfortunately, the free version does have some limitations and ads, but the app also offers two paid versions that will let you access the rest of Inoreader’s features. Cat Supawit

Bigvu

☀☀☀☀☀ Bigvu is the future of mobile reporting. With only a phone needed to record a video package, journalists will enjoy the this app. Bigvu allows you to record video, use a teleprompter, share to all social media, and more. Available free on both Google Play and the App Store, IJNet’s review shows the features and functionality in detail. Journalists can use this as a breaking news tool. I plan to keep using it myself. — Cole Feinbloom   

Timeline

☀☀☀☀☀ Timeline, available on iOS and mobile web, is a news app with a twist: it connects past and present. Unlike most news sources, which merely provide the latest headline, this app lets users “travel through time” as they read the historical context of current events. Its uniqueness makes it almost incomparable. Other positive reviews say only Flipboard is as customizable. This could be useful to journalists who want more than a surface level understanding of a story or are doing their own research. With Timeline, they have a way of quickly and visually getting the story beyond the headlines.  Nisa Ayral

Breaker

☀☀☀☀ Breaker is a new free podcast app. It was released March 20, 2017 and it is available for iPhones. You have access to hundreds of podcasts. While you play a podcast, you can use other apps. For example, I listened to a podcast called Space, by Twenty Thousand Hertz and was on Instagram at the same time. This app is beneficial to journalists who want to become involved in podcasting or who want to gain knowledge on certain subjects. — Julia Bashaw

CNN

☀☀☀ The free CNN app provides access to the latest news. You can watch live if your cable or satellite data is provided. It is a popular way to get breaking news on the go. Save your  favorite news stories. Decide if you want to see national or international news. Watch trending videos. I read an article called “White House wants $1 billion for 62 miles of border wall.” If you have questions, go to the CNN mobile help site. The app has a big following and is a popular mobile news sites. Julia Bashaw

Reddit

☀☀☀☀☀ Reddit describes itself as “the front page of the Internet” — and rightfully so. User-generated content is constantly uploaded on every imaginable topic from animal pictures to world news. The app, available on iOS and Android, makes searching and scrolling fast; find funny pictures, read the latest news, or discover intriguing first-hand stories. Journalists can use Reddit to crowdsource information and find untold stories. To post, comment and vote on the site, however, you need an account. Thankfully, the app is free. Cat Supawit