by Cathy Resmer
There's a new media aggregator on the block — Newsvine launched yesterday. Haven't spent much time there yet, but it basically aggregates content from local and national news sources like local bloggers and the AP — and eventually Seven Days, I guess — onto one web page. Like a little online newspaper.
To find local news, you can click on our region, Burlington/Plattsburgh. Up there now are some AP stories and a blog post by beta tester Gahlord Dewald (husband of Seven Days calendar writer and 802 guest blogger Meghan Dewald). Apparently, placement of stories is user-driven (there's a rating system), and anyone can post their own stories or articles they like from other sources.
I don't have a review yet, since I'm still in the process of creating my account, but I think it has a lot of potential. The founders have experience at Disney and EXSPN, and they've been building this for awhile. A site like this makes a lot of sense on a lot of levels. I wonder if it'll get mobbed by partisans or interest groups, or if it really will be a reflection of the community? Anyone try it out yet?
UPDATE: John Cook of the Seattle Post Intelligencer gives some background on Newsvine here. And keep in mind this is just one of several news aggregators popping up.
UPDATE II: Speaking of news aggregators, I want to put a plug in for one I like, altweeklies.com. It compiles some of the best stories from the alt. weekly newspapers across the country. Occasionally you come across some really great stories that you wouldn't otherwise see.