QA Graphics Hosts High School Field Trip

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A high school class from Guthrie Center visited QA Graphics’ office on a field trip to learn more about an educational mobile app developed for a fellow Guthrie Center high school graduate.

Students from Guthrie Center High School (GCHS) visited QA Graphics, Ankeny interactive design firm, yesterday as part of a field trip to learn more about the News Tutor app and how QA Graphics worked with Skewed News Tutor to develop the app.

News Tutor is an educational mobile app, created for use in the classroom to help middle and high school students become more discerning news consumers. The app was designed to put users in the shoes of a journalist and help them learn what makes a good and accurate report. Sophomores, juniors and seniors from GCHS accounting and Microsoft Office classes visited QA Graphics’ office for a Q & A session and to learn about the News Tutor app that the design firm created for client Colleen Bradford Krantz, founder of Skewed News Tutor.

As a former graduate of GCHS, the school was interested in hearing Krantz share her story on how the News Tutor app came to be, from inception of the idea, to budgeting and sales of the end product. Krantz spoke of her experience as a journalist, author and documentary filmmaker and described how she came up with the idea for News Tutor. She also discussed how as an entrepreneur she funded the development of the mobile app, as well as how she is currently marketing the end product. QA Graphics’ creative team discussed how they worked with Krantz to create this mobile app and make the dream a reality. The team described the design and development process and how they created a solution that met Krantz’s needs and stayed within her budget.

The News Tutor app is available for purchase in the App Store at for use on iPads, and for iPhones. An Android version is expected to be released at a later date.

About QA Graphics
QA Graphics is an Iowa-based creative design company specializing in interactive applications, 3D design and animation, mobile app development and other multimedia. The company is also a leader in the building automation and green building industries, providing HVAC graphic development services and energy dashboards to help organizations educate occupants about building performance and sustainability.

About Skewed News Tutor
Skewed News Tutor was founded in 2012 by journalist Colleen Bradford Krantz, of Des Moines. The company creates multi-media products to promote media literacy. Becky Waller Bausman, of San Francisco, is chief strategy officer. Des Moines middle school teacher Ed Moody serves as educational advisor to Skewed News Tutor.

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