NiemanLab: Text-for-housing-data service Outlier Media and MuckRock combine to close more information gaps around the country

NiemanLab: Text-for-housing-data service Outlier Media and MuckRock combine to close more information gaps around the country. “Two nimble but powerful organizations are joining forces to continue reimagining journalism as a public service. The three-person team of Detroit’s text-for-housing-info startup Outlier Media is becoming part of MuckRock, the 10-year-old nonprofit news site focused on accountability journalism through public records, they announced Monday.”

Mashable: In the internet era, public libraries are more vital than ever

Mashable: In the internet era, public libraries are more vital than ever. “Back in 2018, Forbes sent Twitter into fury with a now-retracted column. Its big idea: Amazon should replace libraries because it has ‘provided something better.’ The Kindles, Netflixes and Starbucks of the world have rendered libraries obsolete, the author suggested; monetizing libraries would not only save taxpayer money but also bolster Amazon’s stockholder value. Librarians and activists are fighting hard against this idea. In fact, they’re making the case for why libraries are even more important in a world redefined by companies like Amazon.”

National Association of Secretaries of State: NASS Launches #TrustedInfo2020: A Public Election Education Initiative

Another November release I missed, from the National Association of Secretaries of State: NASS Launches #TrustedInfo2020: A Public Election Education Initiative. “#TrustedInfo2020 encourages American citizens to look to their state and local election offi­cials as the trusted sources for election information. Driving voters directly to election officials’ websites and verified social media pages will ensure voters are getting accurate election infor­mation, and cut down on the misinformation and disinformation that can surround elections.”

Parliament: Government e-Gazette to be free to public by end-January, says Iswaran (Straits Times)

Straits Times (Singapore): Parliament: Government e-Gazette to be free to public by end-January, says Iswaran. “By end-January, all publications on the Government e-Gazette website will be made available to the public for free, said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran. In a written parliamentary reply to Workers’ Party Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera on Monday (Jan 6), Mr Iswaran said this includes publications that have been published for more than five days.”

Route Fifty: A State’s Sassy Approach to the Social Media Game

Route Fifty: A State’s Sassy Approach to the Social Media Game. “With a ‘your mom’ joke and a lot of state-specific content, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s digital team tackles Twitter in a whole new way (while also getting serious when the news is serious).”