I want to introduce my journalism students to the concept of RSS and see what they do with it. The potential impact of RSS on reporting and news gathering is pretty huge, I think, especially for special interest journalists. Since I have my students keeping track of an individual beat, the addition of RSS feeds about their topics would greatly increase their exposure to and consumption of news in their areas. I think RSS has the potential to develop a lot of experts at an early age.
Now the difficulty is that Manila has no built in aggregator yet, and most all of the other aggregators out there require a download of some type. That’s not an easy task with student machines here. I can’t put Radio on every machine in my room. The only web based aggregator I’ve found doesn’t really suit my needs. If I could get NewsMonster on every machine…now that would truly be interesting. Kids could get content even from sites without RSS feeds. (It requires a new version of Netscape, too.) But what happens when classes change and I have new journalists sitting at those machines? It may be nothing more than changing the feeds, but it’s more thinking than I want to have to do.
Anyone know of any web-based aggregators that do a bit more than just update content into a long feed once a day?