New Buzz app will give students national news at their fingertips


La’Markus Bragg | Reporter
Aug. 23, 2016; 3 p.m.

Photo courtesy of USA Today
Photo courtesy of USA Today

National, local and campus news will be available for Lindenwood students through a new news app starting this fall.

The Buzz app will be available for download by mid-September in online app stores. It will include news from USA Today and student media — the Legacy, Lindenlink, KCLC and LUTV.

The app will replace print versions of USA Today, the New York Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which used to be provided for free on campus. The Legacy will still be available on news racks around campus.

Angie Royal, director of Student Involvement, said the change was made in part because many students already access the news from electronic devices.

“We wanted to make certain we were bringing the news to students in the format most useful to them, and we agreed electronically was the way to go,” Royal said.

Royal said she has been impressed with what she has seen in the app.

“What’s great is that it is available year-round to students,” she said. “The papers were only available fall and spring semester. Parents, alumni and basically anyone can access this app.”

The app already has launched at several other state colleges, including: Maryville College, Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri, Webster University and Truman State University.

Richard Reighard, associate professor in the School of Arts, Media and Communication, said the Buzz app will revolutionize the way students consume media.

“There’s a whole new generation of people who don’t understand the tradition of ‘dead tree media’, as we sometimes call it, and they want everything electronic,” he said. “So us keeping up with the times a very good idea. I’m all in favor of giving it a try.”