Medium

Channel Your News Through Medium

Getting news and reading articles is one of the main uses for smart devices these days, with many people checking their phones for their morning dose of news before thinking about turning on the TV. Many apps cater to news and feature writing, but the best ones bring in articles from various sources, to give a broad impression and avoid bias. Medium is a free writing and reading app aiming to do just that, focusing on quality content and community discussion. View full description

PROS

  • Only quality articles make the cut
  • Share your own features and news

CONS

  • A little buggy at the moment

Getting news and reading articles is one of the main uses for smart devices these days, with many people checking their phones for their morning dose of news before thinking about turning on the TV. Many apps cater to news and feature writing, but the best ones bring in articles from various sources, to give a broad impression and avoid bias. Medium is a free writing and reading app aiming to do just that, focusing on quality content and community discussion.

Curated, Valuable Articles

The news and features you find through Medium are curated by both human staff and an algorithm. This hybrid means that you aren’t ever waiting around for a human to decide what you like, so the system can start delivering personalised news immediately, while the human staff gradually perfect the process and add their real judgement. You get news which has been selected for quality, by intellectual and socially conscious people. This fantastic idea makes the app stand out. You can also write and publish your ow words, so it isn’t limited to big organisations. Anyone with a good idea can share it and comment.

Worthwhile but Still Growing

While Medium is a really good idea, it’s still finding its feet. You may find bugs and crashes, such as some reported with searching. Still, the core idea is great and this could be invaluable to writers and readers of quality opinion pieces.

Welcome to Medium, a publishing platform built to connect readers with the stories and authors that matter to them.

With Medium, we have created the cleanest, simplest way to access the stories and ideas shared on Medium.com. Every day, hundreds of new voices publish their unique experiences, views, and reflections, helping create the largest, most diverse collection of writing on the internet.

— A beautiful, dynamic interface guides you through thousands of stories from a refreshingly divergent sampling of writers, from world-famous authors to first-time, first-hand contributors.

— Stories are grouped into collections based on common themes, such as “This Happened To Me,” “Better Humans,” and “We Live In The Future.”

— Sign in with your Twitter account, then swipe through your personalized Reading List, custom-tailored to your interests based on past reading, recommendations, and favorite authors.

— Bookmark, recommend, and share your favorite stories.