For anyone fighting against the rise of misinformation, sensationalism, and biased news, the Ground News Mac app will help you easily compare how a story is being covered by thousands of sources from across the political spectrum and from around the world.
If you are like the many people who feel overwhelmed and under-informed as they piece together patchwork information from social media and conflicting news sources, Ground News will empower you with an array of visualization and comparison tools that makes it simple to analyze, understand, and draw your own conclusions about a developing news story. Unlike traditional news aggregators, which utilize crowd-sourcing and algorithms that reward clickbait and reinforce pre-existing bias, Ground News helps users understand the news objectively based on media bias, geographic location, and time.
Ground News is the world’s first news comparison platform that will help voters make better-informed decisions, drawing from more than 40,000 news sources worldwide and featuring an average of 30,000 news stories per day.
Also, included in the Mac app is our new Safari extension. Try out Ground News Bias Checker for Safari. Whenever you read a news article, our browser extension will show you who else is covering the same news story and compare how other sources from all across the political spectrum are reporting on it.
- Full functionality of Ground News included in this version!
Ratings and Reviews
Great, but can do without the comments section
I like Ground News a lot, because as a news aggregator it is effective at what it does and the free access isn’t super restrictive. It allows you to do exactly what a news aggregator is supposed to do, allow you to compare, and contrast reporting and track news stories. On top of that it lets user to tailor it to the topics and regions you are most interested in.
What I think would make it better is if they did away with the comments section. Taking one look at the toxicity of most comments there, it is distracting and detracts from the positive experience to be had on the app. I know they allow you to turn comments off, but I still strongly think they ought to be removed. The focus should be solely on the news and not people’s two-cents. That’s what social media is for and not a news aggregator.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the in-depth review! We appreciate that you took the time to dive into the app and leave your candid thoughts. We have noted the bugs you mentioned and our dev team will look into them and work on a fix.
It's also worth noting that we have a feature where you can turn off comments from other users. Simply go into the app settings (top right), scroll down and under the “preferences” tab you will see the option to “hide all comments”. After you enable this, you will no longer see comments. Out of sight, out of mind :)
Essential App for Media Literacy
This app is a huge public service. At a time when traditional media institutions have taken sides on some issues, it is imperative that to see the whole picture and make an informed decision yourself. That’s what this app provides, especially when it comes to the blind spot feature. A right leaning news source may omit coverage on one development when it doesn’t fit their narrative, while a left leaning news source may omit coverage when it doesn’t fit their narrative. The app’s side-by-side compassion also shows how coverage can be slanted. Overall, this app has provided additional insights towards helping me becoming more informed. As an independent who reads across the spectrum, I find this app to be credible. I’m a fan of its layout and glad to have stumble across it and have since subscribed to the premium version. I had a question on the app’s search functionality, and the team responded to my question and helped me locate coverage of a story I was searching for while still being relatively new to the app.
My recommendation for gathering your news
I’ve been using the app for a while now and I can say that the service this team provides is great.
I worry about being trapped in my own information bubble on the internet, getting sources and articles curated to appeal to my interests and biases in how they are told. This app helps prevent me from getting stuck in such a bubble! The comparison ability is not a first among news services, however Ground News does it very well and I additionally appreciate the ability to see how much a side of the political spectrum reports on a story, which shows the level of importance an issue is to a side or if the story itself may be told in a twisted way.
I eventually paid to get the Pro version of the app to support this service. The small team personally reached out to thank me and told me to contact them for any recommendations on how to improve the app. That level of involvement was extremely nice to see.
I agree with some others that the comment section of the app isn’t really needed, I personally ignore it. I feel this app’s purpose doesn’t really mesh well with the commenting feature. Though Ground News makes this feature easy to ignore if you wish, yet accessible if you would like to contribute to it.
Overall I really enjoy this service, haven’t had any problems with it software wise, and would recommend supporting the team if you enjoy it too by subscribing to one of the paid models, since they’re so cheap.
Developer Response ,
Hi, thank you for the kind review! It's great to hear that you enjoy our service and resonate with our mission. Subscribers like yourself sustain our team, and we hope to continue improving the app, so please do reach out if you have any suggestions in the future. :) We would also love to hear more about your thoughts on the comment section: if you're interested in chatting more about it, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
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- 8.2 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
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- In-App Purchases
- Ground News Pro Monthly $0.99
- Ground News Pro Yearly $9.99
- Ground News Premium Monthly $3.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.