The Wider Image is a beautiful free iPad app from Reuters. The app features slideshows of news stories and cultural events around the world. Open the app and browse through the thumbnails until you find a story that grabs your attention. Then click through to view a slideshow with accompanying text about the story.
You can browse for stories in The Wider Image according to location. The map will show you a connection between the story and the location.
You can save stories and slideshows to your account in the The Wider Image iPad app. Those stories that you save can be shared with others via email, Twitter, and Facebook. Saving and sharing stories could be a good feature for students in a current events class. When I taught a current events course I always had students save articles to bring to classroom discussions. With The Wider Image app your students can do the same by saving and sharing stories with you and their classmates.