California Launches Online News Hub

Curious about what news the State of California is making right now? Want to see the latest YouTube videos or Twitter activity at-a-glance? California’s news hub, news.ca.gov, aggregates content from more than 200 sources from across state departments and agencies into one place.  Launched today by State Chief Information Officer Teri Takai, the news site is part of the newly redesigned CA.gov portal that receives 7.3 million unique visitors each month.

“Governor Schwarzenegger is committed to increasing transparency and citizen engagement, to keep Californians informed of all that is happening with their state government,” said Teri Takai, state chief information officer.  “The State is publishing a vast amount of news and information every day. With social networking sites and automated information feeds, state agencies are making it easier for news to reach the public.  We have taken the additional step of creating this continuously updated news hub, a one stop destination for Californians to see what is happening in state government -- all at a glance.”  

With more official sources being added daily, the news hub scoops up real-time feeds from across State government, including 83 Twitter accounts, 40 YouTube channels, and nearly 100 RSS feeds. The homepage features quick and easy access to all of the latest news, including aggregated, up-to-date RSS, Twitter, and YouTube feeds. Clicking on the topical areas such as business, education, government, health and safety, family, and visit provides users a view into news items organized by category.

News.ca.gov features up-to-the minute news, and was created using syndicated web feeds. The use of feeds to drive the news channel creates virtually no added manpower to manage it. As state departments and agencies publish their RSS feeds, make Twitter updates, and post YouTube videos, the site is automatically updated with new content. 

The news hub is part of the newly redesigned Web portal, CA.gov, launched on June 2, 2010 with enhanced search capabilities to make services and information easier than ever to find. The portal includes a new mobile site with more than 40 applications designed for smart phones and searchable maps with data on thousands of state government facilities including field offices, state parks, public schools, universities, libraries, hospitals and more. CA.gov organizes more than 76,000 web-based services, including more than 700 transactional services provided by agencies throughout state government.

Contact:  Bill Maile (916) 549-2845

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