The Anchorage Daily News has launched a daily Alaska news aggregation feature that's a bit different than most: the engine behind this one isn't a search or aggregation algorhithm; it's a person, long-time reporter and editor Dave Hulen.
Today's edition of the Alaska Newsreader draws on a number of ADN stories, of course, but also reaches far afield -- to a newspaper in Arizona for a tale of a fallen Alaska soldier (told by his mom), to North Carolina to tie in the Alaska angle on the lost-and-found boy scout, and to D.C. for a slightly snarky take on the Alaska-based "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case at SCOTUS.
Becoming your community's clearinghouse for useful and interesting news is a must. We ought to be aggregating in lots of categories -- news, of course, and opinion and probably many niches. There are lots of ways to approach doing so, and we may need to employ them all. But certainly having a talented, experienced local journalist apply his touch is a giant step forward.
I'd love to hear about other efforts and how they're working; I know Hulen and ADN Editor Pat Dougherty would love feedback, as well.
Dave Hulen, human aggregator. I know for a fact that he's been called worse.