Here are some common questions asked about Ground News
What is Ground News?
Ground News is a News Aggregation platform that helps users expand their view of the news and easily compare how a story is being reported across the political spectrum. We identify all news articles written on a story and arrange the organizations reporting on the event into categories of political bias, geographic location, and chronology. News is aggregated from over 50,000 news sources, including many alternative, independent sources that aren’t confined to the mainstream news narrative. This puts our community in a position to choose and easily compare the news they want to read, not just have it pre-selected for them by algorithms designed to drive clicks.
Who owns and operates Ground News?
Ground News is a small team of 11, based in Ontario, Canada. Ground is backed by independent individual investors, with no ties to corporate media, big tech, or government affiliations. Ground News is co-founded by siblings Harleen Kaur and Sukh Singh.
In addition to our team, Ground is supported by our community of subscribers who resonate with our team’s mission to improve the online news environment.
Ground News is not a news publisher, nor do we editorialize any news. Ground News provides tools to help readers compare how different news sources are covering the same story, making it easier for you to feel more informed about the news you’re consuming. The Ground News community can conveniently see how a story is being reported according to a source’s political bias rating, geographic location, and when it was published. These features can be used in the free version of Ground News, but we offer subscriptions for news junkies and anyone else dedicated to seeing past the partisan spin.
How does Ground decide what news stories to show me?
Ground endeavors to make users easily, clearly and fully informed on the most important news stories of the day as well as the news most relevant to their personal interests.
Widely reported news can be found in the Top Stories tab. Every user on Ground sees the same Top Stories according to the Edition of Ground that they’re using. Users can opt-in to the International Edition of Ground to see Top Stories from around the world, or they can opt-in to the US Edition for Top Stories based in the US.
The My Feed tab offers a personalized collection of stories which is algorithmically curated based on stated and observed reading behaviors, and reflects what media sources and interests you’ve followed within the app. Any changes you’ve made to what topics/source you’re following will be reflected here.
Ground reveals the user’s own reading behaviors in the feature “My News Bias”. With this feature, news sources are selected for each story to show a full and balanced set of coverage of the event.
How can I see news that’s relevant to my country?
Our goal is to offer an app that curates relevant news for users all over the world, and from all walks of life. To see news more relevant to your country, you can follow more news sources based in your country, including smaller, local sources. These changes will be reflected in your “My Feed” tab. The more sources you follow, the more relevant your My Feed will be.
Where does the news on Ground come from?
The news on Ground comes from 2 sources: directly from over 50,000 major news publications (newspapers, news TV channels, news magazines) from around the world, and trending social media (including select blogs). If you don’t like the mainstream perspective, you can always find the independent one by swiping through sources or by following your favourite publications.
If you cannot find your favourite news publication on Ground, you can submit it for review within the app by going to Settings > Support > Suggest News Source.
How does the rating system on Ground News work?
The Ground team takes no part in evaluating a Bias or Factuality Rating on news publications or stories – we leave that to the experts. Bias and factuality ratings are averaged from the published ratings from three third-party independent news publication monitoring organizations, when available: All Sides, Ad Fontes Media, and Media Bias Fact Check. These organizations each have their methodology listed on their respective websites if you’d like to read more about them.
To learn all about our methodology, read more here.
Ratings are not static and can evolve over time. If you disagree with a rating, you can always select “Edit Bias Rating” on a news source to add your input to a 4th bias rating based on user consensus.
Ground has no political agenda and avoids judging the news or user comments. We do not censor any news, nor do we publish or editorialize any of our own. News is sourced from publications across the political spectrum and flagged with a Bias Rating in order to make their bias explicit to readers and allow them to come to their own conclusions.
The Ground team is happy to receive users from all walks of life, but the platform operates independently of users’ political preferences.
Ground does not offer any in-app ads, but many publishers included in our aggregation run ads and paywalls on their websites. Ground is not responsible for the content of external websites, and as such we cannot remove paywalls or ads from those websites, but we have developed features to make for a smoother reading experience.
1. Opening articles in the external browser makes for a smoother news reading experience, especially for articles that are inundated by unfortunate pop-up ads. To use this feature, click on the icon in the top right corner of the article that you’re viewing (next to the share icon).
2. Any news source that uses a paywall is indicated by a dollar sign icon in the top right corner of the source logo. This makes it easier to know which publishers offer free access to a story when swiping across sources to compare how the story is being reported.
I have a suggestion. How do I give it to you?
All Ground users can submit feedback and suggestions through the “Feedback” feature from the “Support” section of the in-app settings. Whether you’d like to recommend a news source, suggest an improvement, report a bug, or have a few questions about Ground, we’d be happy to receive it at our feedback channel: email@example.com.
Developers regularly review feedback to improve the app experience. We thank you in advance for your suggestions!
Ground News Pro or Premium subscriptions are purchased through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store's in-app purchases. Subscribers have the option to select annual or monthly billing.
For more information about features included in Ground News Pro, or for information on how to purchase or cancel the subscription, please visit the About Subscriptions page. For issues in activating or using your subscriptions please see our Subscription Troubleshooting page.
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How do I subscribe?Ground News Subscriptions are purchased through our Website or through the Apple App or Google Play Store's in app purchasesSubscribe NowFor more information about features available from Ground News, or for information on how to purchase or cancel the subscription, please visit the Subscriptions page. For issues in activating or using your subscriptions please see our Subscription Troubleshooting page.