Newsworthy Turns One

One year ago this week, the bot started ingesting Canada’s local news. In celebration of the site’s one year anniversary, I added two new features: continuous scroll – you can keep reading the news forever; default edition – you can now set your default city.

Out of curiosity pulled some stats from the database.

  • Since September 2012, Canadian online media have posted over 140,000 news items.
  • The busiest news day was July 21, 2013 which was the second day of mandatory evacuation during the Calgary Flood.
  • The second busiest day was May 2, 2013 Toronto posted over 860 stories that day, most important story was the Ontario 2013 provincial budget.

If you’ve never been to the site and you love news, check it out: Follow the site on Twitter @newsworthyca.

Site News Websites

Google Reader is Dead. to the rescue! is a project I’ve been working on for the past few months. In a nutshell, it’s a better way to get all the latest local news in one place. Sites like Reddit and Google News are a good way to get the “best” or “most important” stories of the day. But they sometimes fail at surfacing up to date, breaking news. If you’re a news hound like me, I think you’ll find NewsWorthy quite useful.

With Google announcing their intentions to shut down Google Reader, today seemed like the perfect day to pull off the “alpha” wrapper and release it to the wild!

At the moment, NewsWorthy only supports Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. I’m looking for the best ((“best” means, updated frequently and intensely focused on local news)) news source in every Canadian city. If you’d like to recommend sources in your city, feel free to email me.