Elderly Access to Digital News

Melody Kramer has been contributing some thoughts to the Neimans Lab blog. Here she talks about how her friend Betty, who is 89, struggles to read the news on her iPad. After proposing a few ideas on Hacker News about how the design of digital news sites could be improved for someone like Betty, she got lucky with a reader called Daniel Davis who built a site for her called News For Betty, which aims to simplify the layout of a page and limit the opportunity for accidental navigational error. The site works as a simple news aggregator which let’s users choose from a limited selection of sources. It might not be perfect, but it is definitely an interesting experiment which raises some pertinent questions about delivering news to an aging population.