What are some ideas for using aggregation and curation to make your news site's topic pages stronger?
Here's what we've already done:
-- Education topic page
: We created a Twitter list
composed entirely of local schools and embedded a widget for that list in the sidebar.
A few things I'd like to do (or at least consider):
-- Politics landing page:
Use Publish2 to gather links from other sources about races of local interest. (We could also embed these widgets in sidebars, which in our system are objects in their own right, and include those sidebars in all stories about the appropriate race.) Due to volume, this might be a feature to add sometime in mid-year, then remove when the election is over.
-- Also on the politics page: What do you think about a widget pulling in a Twitter list made up entirely of candidates for office? Is this risky? Does it run the risk of making us seem to favor the candidates whose names and faces pop up more than others, or would people understand what it was?
Any other ideas we could try? What other topic pages lend themselves well to doing this kind of thing?