Re: [govtrack] GovTrack Insider launches
- Congratulations, Josh. This sounds great and I am looking forward to it.
-TiffiniyOn Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM, Josh Tauberer <tauberer@...> wrote:
GovTrack Insider Launches
Today begins a new experiment in online journalism and
government oversight. GovTrackInsider.com is a spin-off of
GovTrack.us that complements GovTrack with original and syndicated
reporting of the U.S. Congress.
After five years of running GovTrack.us, I saw a need to move beyond
data. As we've seen over at the OpenCongress.org blog, reporting is an
important part of following the legislative process, staying ahead of
the game, and understanding the ramifications of procedural events.
GovTrackInsider.com puts a focus on grass-roots reporting of the
GovTrack Insider has hired a small team of paid freelance reporters to
cover congressional committee meetings. This is the earliest
point in the legislative process that we can observe directly, and
it's going to help us get an inside look like we've never had before.
We'll also be syndicating coverage from OpenCongress and elsewhere. In
all of the articles we run, the focus will be on legislation and policy.
We'll be leaving politics and gossip to the old media.
Insider is an online newspaper, but one with some unusual pages.
For articles on many topics you'll find on the right side a topic
dashboard. There you can connect with other readers in a variety of
ways, such as a Q&A system, link submission, and a community notebook (a
In time we'll be integrating Insider with GovTrack.us so that if
you're tracking a bill over on GovTrack you'll get a notice
whenever it's mentioned in an article in GovTrack Insider.
I hope you'll join us on this experiment. Happy reading.
(GovTrack Insider was built with the help of Josh Sulkin (of
- Josh Tauberer
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falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
Tortoise (in "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)