Screenshots of the new 2018 Midterm US Elections section in the Apple News app on iPhone

Apple today launched a new section in the News app featuring detailed coverage of the US midterm elections, with reporting from trusted sources curated by Apple News editors.

The 2018 Midterm Elections feature is aimed at casual readers and political enthusiasts alike.

Highlights:

  • The new 2018 Midterm Elections section is available within the News app
  • The US-only section will continue through the elections in November
  • It sports The Washington Post’s “Election Now” and Politico’s “Races to Watch” features
  • A weekly briefing from Axios is included as well

Exclusive features

In addition to finding exclusive highlights, analysis and coverage from a wide range of trusted sources such as Fox News, Vox, Politico and other publishers, this new Apple News section will offer the following special features:

  • “The Conversation,” a collection of opinion columns about hot-button issues that are intended to offer readers a full range of ideas and debate about important subjects, from news sources they may not already follow.
  • “On the Ground,” which highlights quality reporting about issues that matter to local constituents on the most important races.
  • The Washington Post’s “Election Now,” a dashboard that brings to life important primary races by contextualizing key data like current polling, what pundits are saying and survey data on voter enthusiasm.
  • A weekly briefing from Axios, featuring analysis of the most important developments as the primaries unfold.
  • Politico’s “Races to Watch,” which looks at a collection of races offering important themes and trends to voters.

It’s all about fact-checked reporting.

Fact-based news

Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News, was quoted as saying in Apple’s press release that this section only includes reporting by “trustworthy sources”:

Today more than ever people want information from reliable sources, especially when it comes to making voting decisions. An election is not just a contest; it should raise conversations and spark national discourse.

By presenting quality news from trustworthy sources and curating a diverse range of opinions, Apple News aims to be a responsible steward of those conversations and help readers understand the candidates and the issues.

With a team of editors tasked with discovering and spotlighting “well-sourced fact-based stories,” Apple News aims to be “a responsible steward” of election conversations.

To access the new section, open the News app on your iPhone, iPad or Mac and hit a banner found at the top of the For You tab, or find it through Top Stories and the Spotlight tab.