News Browser – Aggregator

Aug 6th, 2010, in Internet, News, by

An Alltop style news and stories browser; suggestions for sources welcome, over here.


Indonesian News

For a quick glance at the main headlines of the day - http://indonesia-today.indonesiamatters.com/ - only problem so far is the Jakarta Post/Globe feeds often don't work, they have errors in their syntax, but the next day the error is gone; then it's back again.

Any suggestions for sources to use welcome, particularly in the categories "News", "Business", and "Features". These are the current categories:

  • News (English)
  • Berita (Indonesian)
  • Asia (regional news)
  • Business
  • Features (longer, magazine type articles, op-ed)
  • Blogs
  • User-Generated (twitter, etc)

There's room for three more categories, or existing categories could be split up.

http://indonesia-today.indonesiamatters.com/.


8 Comments on “News Browser – Aggregator”

  1. avatar Chris says:

    Good idea!

    Another one I regularly use is: http://www.abc.net.au/news/tag/indonesia/

    They even have the odd video, too.

  2. avatar David says:

    Great I put that one in.

    Although it is pretty funny, right now on that page there are four versions of the same piece

    • Schapelle’s sentence may get slashed
    • Court recommends Corby’s sentence to be cut
    • Judge recommends cut to Corby sentence
    • Court recommends sentence cut for Corby

    Obsessed with Schapelle

  3. avatar rustyprince says:

    I like this news browers assist. I’m on a GPSR connect of invariable speed, thus making it a right pain to navigate all these sites individually, and being a tad indolent IM’s opinion columns had become my prime source of wider affairs/debate concerning Indonesia. This being primarily because I reasoned Yourself, Ross and the other regulars would bring to my attention the relevant debates/berita that would interest a bule. So cheers!
    But, the main problem as I see it – from 2months here – is the dearth of commentary particularly from Indonesian nationals; and I’m just afraid the aggregator may further diminish the direct input into I’m.

    I wonder does anyone know the English print-run of Tempo magazine. I don’t believe its that insubstantial and there must be some avenues open to encouraging its readership to contribute here. Also GPSR connections are widespread around the Nusatara and well there must be many bules isolated from the ‘Salon’ public discourse of Jakarta/Bali who need an outlet eg all those pentecostals in Eastern Indonesia would have loved the recent debate on the Aceh missionaries….. So how to increase awareness of IM

    Further in relation to Ross’s RRA, it started off with what in my opinion was a boil of hatred – Australian Aborigines, The Irish, Gays and most infuriatingly, IMHO’,supporting the FPI abuse of the PDI lady – so I very principally remarked that I wouldn’t lend a contribution to its success. But he’s a cunning laddie Ross, adding the viewership no’s. So with the evidence of my silent participation my continued boycott seemed rather pointless. And well one does tend to get used to him, and he is a foil to some very scantimonious Sages, plus as I remarked above he brings to my attention interesting berita

  4. avatar David says:

    Thanks rusty for your thoughts. The news browser is me running up the white flag to some extent, it’s simply impossible to match the breadth and volume of stories that news sites put out. The one area where that browser doesn’t work too well is the “Berita” section, because Indonesian language sites have astonishing daily volume in every category of news, I can show at most 10 stories from each feed, it’s just a very small sampling of what’s out there each day; for the English news sites it works better though as they’re pretty small time in their output.

    the dearth of commentary particularly from Indonesian nationals

    Yes, lots of possible reasons but I think blogs are in decline in Indonesia, this one shares in that, it’s all Facebook, and then major brands, which if news means the major outlets like Kompas, et al. Also when I started this site there was only one English newspaper, and it had a terrible website which allowed for no interaction like discussion; now there are two English papers and they both have good websites…..my thinking at the moment is to move more towards travel/tourism issues, I’m definitely weary of politics and especially religion stuff. With travel as well, quite frankly, it can pay off, literally, news stuff there is no way of monetising it and again frankly this site has got to pay its way or it’s hard to justify keeping on doing it.

    I wonder does anyone know the English print-run of Tempo magazine. I don’t believe its that insubstantial and there must be some avenues open to encouraging its readership to contribute here. Also GPSR connections are widespread around the Nusatara and well there must be many bules isolated from the ‘Salon’ public discourse of Jakarta/Bali who need an outlet eg all those pentecostals in Eastern Indonesia would have loved the recent debate on the Aceh missionaries….. So how to increase awareness of IM

    I’ll try to find out on Tempo unless somebody else knows. I’m out of ideas right now on how to get more people involved…

    Ross, yes well don’t really know what he’s doing over there, he’s quite capable of writing good quality stuff, he’s done it for Java Kini apparently, and for other websites, but on his own site he chooses not to do quality interesting stuff, beats me, although if I stop with the news type posts then there might be a place for it over there with him.

  5. avatar Chris says:

    Rusty Prince reminded me, there is this Tempo news site (that also publishes some of its magazine articles for free there):
    http://www.tempointeractive.com/

  6. avatar Chris says:

    Bisnis Indonesia’s website also has an English News section now too: http://www.bisnis.com/en

  7. avatar David says:

    I had tried tempointeractive, unfortunately they don’t publish an RSS feed so there’s no way I can pull the posts; they used to; BisnisIndonesia I would love to use their English section, but the English section is the only one where there is no RSS feed. In both cases this is probably a measure of how non-important news companies here view the English side of their work.

  8. avatar Winmar says:

    For what it’s worth, this is the main site I come to for discussion on major issues in Indonesia. I check the Jakarta Post and Pikiran Rakyat sites from time to time, but otherwise this is my first stop.

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