Missouri School of Journalism Senior Helps Create One of the First News Apps for the Apple iPad

Columbia, Mo. (April 22, 2010) — Missouri School of Journalism convergence journalism student Tony Brown, along with University of Missouri engineering student Peng Zhuang, has helped develop one of the first 100 news applications for Apple’s new iPad.

Tony Brown
Tony Brown

This is the second app the two students have developed for Newsy. An iPhone app became the fifth highest-rated news application on the iTunes store in the week following its launch last October.

The Newsy app for iPad is a multisource video news service that analyzes the world’s news coverage. It is available to download for free from the App Store and sets a new standard for watching and sharing news videos on the iPad. Users experience fast loading, high quality Newsy videos, which highlight the differences in how global media outlets report a story.

Newsy’s iPad app allows users to drag and drop videos to build customized playlists, easily share videos through e-mail and social networks, read and post comments on the fly and drill down deeper into a news story by exploring the sources Newsy analyzed.

iPad News App
A screenshot of the iPad news app.

“It’s really exciting to be at the front of the wave of innovation that the iPad has created,” said Brown. “Not only will news consumers be more familiar with the Newsy brand, but other developers will look at our app’s success and try to build from it.”

Brown, who will graduate in May, plans to return to the Missouri School of Journalism this fall to pursue a master’s degree in journalism.

Newsy.com, founded by Jim Spencer, MA ’91, relocated to Columbia from San Francisco in the summer of 2008.

Updated: May 8, 2020

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