Changing the world doesn’t happen overnight, and those who work in politics are faced with the challenge of trying to find means to effectively balance their efforts and time to create the strongest impact on the world around them. Even before they become politicians, students pursuing an online political science degree often face the same time management challenges. Fortunately, in the age of laptops and mobile apps, there are plenty of resources to help budding world-changers make the most of the time.
This free app, available on most mobile devices, allows users to browse up-to-date and in-depth political news. Readers can access information and news articles about the president, Congress, elections, and even lobbying interests. The app seeks to live up its publication counterpart, POLITICO magazine, which seeks to provide exceptional coverage of politics. The app offers users news articles, blogs, policy information, and even videos that feature live online content. With this app, students and anyone interested in politics can maintain an up-to-date and informed perspective about what’s happening in the White House and on Capitol Hill.
Political Time Machine
Any student of political science may love this app, but those who are history buffs may be particularly fond of Political Time Machine. The app allows users to use historical footage to learn about presidential elections. By choosing a president and a date, students can access a collection over 2,500 videos and watch archival footage of iconic and lesser-known presidents. A convenient feature also allows users to quickly share videos over social media.
Congress, with its two houses and hundreds of politicians, is a daunting aspect of politics to cover. However, as the national law-making bodies, the House of Representatives and the Senate are extremely important to the world of politics. Students who want to keep up with the events within both houses can turn to this app, which features daily and weekly congressional schedules and gives live updates from the congressional floor. The app also offers users access to policy documents and voting results.
Real Clear Politics
Based upon the Chicago-based RealClearPolitics.com, this app seeks to provide users with easy access to no-nonsense, unbiased reporting on political news and events, the same sort of coverages that is offered on the company’s politically independent website. The app, like the site, offers news, commentary, and polling data.
Although developed particularly for students studying political science at UCLA, this free app may be beneficial to students at other schools. The app does offer an interface for students and members of UCLA’s Department of Political Science to find updates and news about upcoming events at their school, but the app also offers news about current political events and blog posts from department members about relevant political issues. Students can also find information about potential job opportunities and internships.
Pursuing a career in politics can be daunting, but students can streamline their education and their political interests by taking advantage of these innovative apps. With all of this information easily accessible on laptops and mobile devices, staying informed about the world of politics is now easier than ever.