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Official app for Democracy Now!, a daily independent global news hour with award-winning journalists Amy Goodman & Juan González.
What's New in Version 2.1.8
• Stream today's show while it is live
• Watch video and audio for today's show before stories and headlines are transcribed
• Significant improvements to stability and performance
It's difficult to review the app without commenting on the show's content, so let me get that part out of the way. Democracy Now is, hands down, the best news daily going. Free from corporate influence, relying on grass roots support, they don't have to march to "big money's" drum and come across as the best place for journalists to employ their education and skill with integrity.
The app is perhaps the latest development in making their message accessible, but there's still room for improvement. It's tremendously convenient to access the show simply by clicking on an icon. However, if the viewer has limited access to wifi, it's content is not apparently stored to be obtained without using data minutes. Some of us are privileged, and thankful, for the donations of others to maintain the show's quality and integrity, yet do not have the resources to purchase a smart phone with data minutes. It would work better for us if the app allowed us to store content when within wifi range so we could view it later. Also, the app is geared for smartphone use, but I rely on my iPad. It would work better for me if there was a companion iPad app to make landscape viewing and entry more convenient. Moreover, I've found that some days allow live access to the show through the app but not others. Lastly, the "contact" link sometimes is insufficient in allowing my iPad to move away from and comeback to the entry screen.
Excellent app design
This app is great! It has a clear interface, and I love how I can choose to view video, listen to audio, or read a transcript. And that I can do these things either with an entire broadcast or by individual segment. I haven't encountered any other news/journalism app that is so flexible.
One improvement idea: Provide immediate user-feedback when tapping a button. For example, sometimes I don't know if the app noticed that I tapped the Listen (headphones) button until audio begins playing several seconds later.
Great source for news!
Really great source to get information about what is happening. From what I know, Democracy Now is not owned by any huge corporations...it is an independent organization. MSNBC, CNN, Fox and others are owned by corporations, so they tend to only cover what THEY want people to see. On the other hand, Democracy Now covers everything that the can, here in America and around the world. Delete all the main stream media apps and move to Democracy Now to get unbiased, and unfiltered news reports. Thank you to all of the people who are part of Democracy Now!