With the pivotal 2018 U.S. midterm elections just around the corner and political tensions still taut as a rope, Apple hopes to provide news seekers with a robust and trustworthy new platform from which to obtain it.
Accordingly, the company on Monday announced a new section in its Apple News app focusing specifically on the upcoming U.S. mid-term elections.
Readers can expect to find timely, trustworthy and important information pertaining to the elections, the candidates, breaking news, and wide-ranging analysis put forth by some of the industry’s most trusted sources — curated exclusively by Apple News editors.
“Today more than ever people want information from reliable sources, especially when it comes to making voting decisions,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News.
“An election is not just a contest; it should raise conversations and spark national discourse. By presenting quality news from trustworthy sources and curating a diverse range of opinions, Apple News aims to be a responsible steward of those conversations and help readers understand the candidates and the issues.”
Keeping with its guiding principle of offering high-quality, fact-based articles sourced from some of the most trusted news providers on the web, Apple News’ new 2018 mid-term election coverage boasts special features with stories curated by Apple News editors from trusted publishers, including FOX News, The Washington Post, Politico and more.
Some highlights, as outlined in Apple’s press release, include a special sub-section dubbed The Conversation — offering up a collection of opinion columns focusing on hot-button issues which are intended to provide readers a “full range of ideas and debate about important subjects” — as well as a section dubbed On the Ground, which is intended to highlight “quality reporting about issues that matter to local constituents on the most important races.”
Other special features, in addition to full-coverage provided by FOX, Vox, and more, include The Washington Post’s “Election Now” section — described as a dashboard that “brings to life” important primary races, adding context like key polling data, what pundits are saying, and analysis of survey data on voter enthusiasm.
Readers will also enjoy a weekly briefing provided by Axios, featuring an in-depth analysis of the most important developments as primary races unfold — as well as a section inspired by Politico dubbed “Races to Watch,” which seeks to analyze and interpret the most important Congressional and Gubernatorial races based on important themes and trends.
Apple News readers in the U.S. can access the new 2018 mid-term election section via the Apple News app for iPhone or iPad by simply opening the app and clicking the banner across the top of the “For You” tab, as well as by navigating through Top Stories and the Spotlight tab.