Building a National Newswire for Higher Education and the Independent Sector

Building a National Newswire for Higher Education and the Independent Sector

In the mid-1990s, the University of California system identified a need for a newswire service that would disseminate information from educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. With support from journalists, communications professionals, computer systems specialists, and others, the UC working group began developing AScribe Newswire, which has since transmitted more than twenty-five thousand releases from six hundred educational institutions and associations, foundations, and other nonprofit and public institutions. A new white paper, Building a National Newswire for Higher Education and the Independent Sector (12 pages, PDF), explains why these groups need their own wire service, examines the trends in journalism and technology that led to AScribe, and discusses how the service was created. It also provides an overview of AScribe's measurement and evaluation efforts after nearly five years of operation. Prepared for a national conference on communicating scientific news, the paper can be downloaded after filling out a short form on the AScribe Web site.