What is a newsradar?

A newsradar is a stream of news items covering a very specific topic. A newsradar is usually created by aggregating together news feeds from a multitude of different sources covering the specific topic selected and adding to the resulting mix content items found through the use of so-called search feeds. Newsradars normally require the use of sophisticated filtering algorithms to eliminate duplicates and to include and exclude content based on a number of variable factors.

In more technical terms a newsradar is nothing else but an RSS feed which is the result of aggregating, mixing and filtering a large number of source-specific and search-based RSS feeds.

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What is needed to build a newsradar?

Contrary to what most people may think the hardest part of building an effective newsradar is the search and knowledge management skills required for the newsmaster to set it up. A newsmaster is a professional who is dedicated to the task of continuously improving and refining queries, sources and filters utilized to create a top quality newsradar on a specific theme or topic.

Next in importance is the fact that newsradars require software technology that allows the newsmaster to aggregate, store, mix, filter and query the RSS-based content sHe has gathered.

Until now only a handful of tools have been available to do this, and they all required considerable technical knowledge to use them effectively.