Cutting the crap and the ads. 30-DAY TRIAL; $15/MONTH | WWW.INKL.COM
The Inkl service has been around for a while. Essentially a platform for global news outlets, Inkl curates stories from reputable sources into one place and filters them into themes and topics. It’s part RSS feed, part caped crusader, as Inkl recognises the value in actually paying for news rather than relying on a race-to-the-bottom, advertisingsupported system.
You pick your topics and news sources from an impressive (but not yet comprehensive) list, and watch as your feed becomes populated with the news. It encourages discovery, presenting alternate points of view from competing articles and directs you to other topics, or subscribing to a theme to find out more. You still have the power to cull the sources you don’t want to hear from, too. The first 30 days are free, with a caveat as more premium outlets like The Wall Street Journal are locked away behind a paywall, and the cost to access them initially seems steep. If you baulk at paying 10c per article, there is a subscription model for $15/month, or $25/month for as much as you like. For the money you get a clean interface, with the Inkl app acting as a skin and formats all news to look like it was published on the Inkl site. (You can visit the original site if you wish.) Crucially, it cuts the advertising, it kills the clickbait, and tabloid trash and that is glorious.