All of my friends know I'm a news junkie, I have been the majority of my life, but in addition to my daily intake of the major news outlets I have always been a huge fan of alternative news outlets. Finally, my favorite alternative news source Vice Magazine has launched an app.
If you don't know the name Vice, you really should. Vice Magazine has been published in print form for over two decades and is widely know for in-depth, first-person news articles. Many of the reporters have been sent into some of the most dangerous and war-torn situations around the world to collect true grass roots views from locals, specialists, and the participants of the story.
Into the Heart of Darkness
With its flat black background emblazoned with the white Vice logo, the app gives you the immediate realization that this is not your standard news app. If you're familiar with the content Vice carries this presentation is a perfect fit for Vice Magazine.
Via the menu you can view the Vice Blog, the latest news stories, all of the Vice-produced documentaries, as well as search the archives of Vice for past articles. Each section of the online magazine is represented in the menu. The developers have worked extremely hard to make this app extremely user-friendly and it shows.
A lot of Vice's content could be deemed Not Safe For Work (NSFW) but the strength of the articles, and the willingness of the journalists to put themselves in harms way, is what sets it apart from all other news agencies. This app mirrors that ethic perfectly.
News, Videos, Reviews: It's All Here
A few years ago Vice Magazine decided to move away from print publication and move solely into a digital format. Vice has always been ahead of the curve, and this is just another example of how it is at the forefront for alternative news agencies.
The move to digital has spawned a YouTube channel, independent documentary films, and articles from all aspects of the world. Coverage involves large social movements to small sub-culture groups and everything in between.
The Vice app brings all of what makes Vice Magazine a head above the rest and places it perfectly in one place.
Pros and Cons
Very straightforward and basic design
Extremely easy to search articles based on genre
Access to all of Vice's text and video archives
There is nothing negative to say about this app
I am admittedly a news junkie, and have multiple news apps on my iPhone that I use on a daily basis. The Vice app is easily in the top three I use, not only because of its content but also the layout and amount of information provided in so many formats. If you are a news hound, and really enjoy Alternative News agencies, the Vice app is exactly what you need.