California publishes news aggregator for state websites
More competition for the traditional news media?
On Friday, California launched a news aggregator site that pulls together news and information from more than 200 state agency sources, according to Government Technology.
The site can be found at http://www.news.ca.gov.
I think the site is a good idea.It's bringing together 83 Twitter accounts, 40 YouTube channels and nearly 100 RSS feeds -- all into one Website stream.
Sometimes, people just want to learn some of the nuts and bolts of what's going on in their state, and shrinking news agencies are reporting less and less of the "run-of-the-mill" news, such as new programs and services. It won't replace quality, independent, investigative reporting that traditional news outlets specialize in, but kudos to California government for being serious about informing the people of its activities and offerings.
In Maryland, probably the most forward-thinking update we've seen to a state government website involves the Department of Business and Economic Development's site, ChooseMaryland.org. If you're interested in business in Maryland, you may want to bookmark it.
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