Friday, November 30, 2007

Topix: History in the News

From time to time, I have seen traffic come to the World History Blog from a website called Topix. I finally went and checked the site out. It is a news aggregator which allows people to volunteer and select the best stories. The site appears to be very popular.

The About Us page notes, "Topix is the leading news community on the Web, connecting people to the information and discussions that matter to them in every U.S. town and city. A Top 20 online news destination (Hitwise, July 2007), the site links news from 50,000 sources to 360,000 lively user-generated forums. Topix also works with the nation's major media companies to grow and engage their online audiences through forums, classifieds, publishing platforms and RSS feeds."

I like this site. I was particularly attracted to the History in the News page. I often look through news headlines for good history topics to write about. This site easily delivers them up! Quite a few of the articles are false hits and do not seem very history related but others seems good. It looks like a RoboBlogger also posts news stories which probably accounts for some of the false hits.

Anyway, I liked it. I thought I would share as I have found it difficult to get a good source of "history in the news" type of articles without doing a lot of searching through newspaper sites on the Web. Maybe others will find this useful too.

1 comment:

DUQ Student said...

Hello Midland,
I have been reading your blog for the last few years. I am grad student in a Secondary Education program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Although I am not too familiar with TOPIX, I have found another site that may be of use, Digg.com. It works in the same way although polls from a variety of different resources. Most of the posts are related to techie issues, random videos, and politics however there are sometimes very good links to sites that approach current events and history. Currently I am working on a blog of my own that promotes teaching current events with special attention to multicultural education. The blog is a collaboration with two other grad students. It is a class project, but I hope to expand it for future use. Please take a look if you get chance, I would greatly appreciate your input. teachingcurrentevents.blogspot.com
Thanks,
Justin