Dear U.S. Government Community,
My news service NewsRoom America is about to relaunch our site, and an important part of this will be publishing press releases from the private and public sectors in real-time. We have capacity for up to 100,000 per day. It will be free to contribute and free to access, and we are interested in information at federal, state and local level.
We believe such a service will enhance the democratic process as it allows everyone to see the same information at the same time, and is not subject to editorial selection or space restraints of traditional media. As traditional media become more polarised and opinionated, it will also become more important in the future for organisations to get their messages directly to the public as quickly as possible.
We have done considerable research on information offerings from US government departments and while some are excellent some are left wanting, and there does not appear to be one central place where journalists or the public can sign up to email feeds. (RSS is not preferable because it is not “real time” delivery.) Gov Delivery is sort of helpful but doesnt not have an easy to access and comprehensive list, that we can find anyway.
What we find most useful is real-time email lists we can join, but these are often “B” lists online. The ideal is to be on media email lists so we can get the info in real time, and it is then automatically posted to our web site as a press release from your organisation. You can add your organisation to our feed by putting the email address [email protected] on your media list.
I have nearly 15 years experience in Internet media and 25 as a journalist, and sold my New Zealand version (www.newsroom.co.nz) of what we now plan to do in America to the New Zealand stock exchange NZX in 2007. It revolutionised government communciations in New Zealand.
In exchange for help I am happy to share my knowledge on online communications and help provide a better platform for US government information to reach its intended recipients. We would be happy to feed this information back into govloop as well as a way of enhancing you great community.
Please feel free to contact me on [email protected]