I’ve been approved as a publisher on Apple News, the new news-aggregating app that will soon be launching on all Apple devices. It’ll bring together material from major mainstream sources – the New York Times, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Vice – and material from independents and bloggers. The latter sets it apart from what Flipboard does, which is a great news aggregator that I’ve used for a while.
At the very basic level, you’ll be able to follow updates on this site. But I’ll be doing other things too.
Before I became a full-time writer – books and screen – I used to be a journalist. You could find my work in The Guardian, The (London) Times, The Telegraph and some of the leading magazines, in the UK and in the US. Once you’ve worked in that sphere, you never lose the addiction to things happening out in the real world. And now that they’re happening faster than ever, reportage has never been more exciting. I plan to be writing a lot more comment and reporting on things that interest me. If you like the books, if you like the TV and film stuff, you’ll probably like this.
I already publish occasionally on Medium, which is a great platform and brings in lots of readers.
Most people these days don’t go to one source. The future isn’t the BBC or The Guardian or the Washington Post, because one source can’t be comprehensive in the 21C. It’s Apple News or Facebook News or Snapchat, which bring together the news that you want. A personalised service. I’m interested in being a part of that.
Some people have complained about the terms and conditions. Not a deal breaker for me, but we’ll see how this pans out in the long run. More soon.