The app allows readers to stay current with the Standard, displaying news, opinion, resources and classified ads as soon as they are published. Each of these four categories is accessed easily at the bottom of the app screen.
App users also are not subject to social media algorithms or filters that govern what readers see in their feeds.
“With the new app, readers of the Standard don’t have to rely on social media algorithms to show them what they want to read,” Editor Eric Black said. “The app enables readers to see everything we publish and to decide for themselves what they want to read.”
App users can choose to receive push notifications alerting them when articles are published.
“The Standard app is not only convenient, but timely. It provides me with the information I need about faith, denominational and current events,” Darrell Dunton, a member of First Baptist Church in Midland and a member of the Standard board of directors, said.
“I like that news and opinion are separated so you can clearly see the difference,” Allen, a teenager in Plano, said about the app.
“The app is a new venture for us; so, we welcome feedback from app users about ease of use, availability of content, functionality and other ways the app can be improved,” Black said.
App feedback can be submitted by leaving a review in the Apple or Android app stores or by emailing the Baptist Standard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On the Way podcast
In addition to the new app, the Baptist Standard launched a new podcast on April 1 titled “On the Way.” Season 1 ends on July 8; season 2 releases August 26.
Interviews in the second season include: Kathryn Freeman, former director of public policy for the Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission; Rev. Tamiko Jones, executive director of WMU of Texas; Rhoda Gonzales, advertising production manager with Neiman Marcus; and Drayton McLane, former owner of the Houston Astros.
Connecting to the Standard
The Standard desires to keep Baptists connected by informing, inspiring and challenging people to live like Jesus. This desire is grounded in the following core commitments: historic Baptist principles, responsible journalism and the redeeming and reconciling work of Jesus Christ.
The app and podcast—along with the weekly newsletter, website and CommonCall Magazine—are expressions of the desire to keep Baptists connected.
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