News App for Semi-literate Indians

by post_author

Hello everyone,

The homepage aims be simplistic. A user clicks the big “go read” icon to read news. The news that show up are randomly selected from the categories that appear on the homepage. A user can choose to delete a category by holding a category icon, and click a delete button that appears afterwards. A user can also choose to add a new news category by clicking the plus button at the bottom of the screen. If a user wishes to read only one category of the news, simply click any small icon on the homepage.  The homepage aims to bring a user to read the news with fewest steps. Just click to read.

By default, the categories are as shown below, because I feel that these
categories can attract a wide range of semi-literate Indians. I try to give a lot of space to light topics such as sports, technology, entertainment and miscellaneous topics such as local crime etc. My assumption is that semi-literate people would not like to spend a lot of time reading economics and politics news which are heavy topics (and would require a lot of text to explain details).

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Regarding the news content, I choose the topic that Indian people can relate to and can be easily presented with graphics. Because Zika virus is an epidemic that affects their well-beings, it is likely that this content will alarm them. It is  also the topic that readers want to share to their friends, to tell their friends of a potential threat to their lives. I try to use easy English sentences that are easy to understand and try to make sentences as concise and possible. 

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News sources:
http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/india-falls-in-the-most-dangerous-zone-for-zika-virus-and-we-can-thank-the-dengue-mosquito-for-it-249995.html
http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/new-year-new-public-health-threat/article8058917.ece

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