New app to provide background information on current affairs

A new tablet application called “Reading Radar”, which is set to debut by the end of 2013, will provide news consumers with relevant background context when reading about complex or complicated issues in today’s world.

Jan Bierhoff, who has been working on the project in The Netherlands, told Journalism.co.uk that there is “an enormous amount of information about virtually any subject or theme,” on the internet and that he “hopes to come to the rescue of those who find themselves drowning in information.”

“Journalistic coverage of a number of themes is dwindling,” Bierhoff said, and hopes that his app will highlight and better explain “the complicated backgrounds of current affairs.”

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