Daily "Recent Prince George's County News" updates were suspended in early March 2016. They were compiled primarily from retweets of news headlines. Those retweets continue, but in unformatted and unarchived form at PG-Politics-Briefs. To follow such headlines on a current basis, follow @pgpolitics on Twitter.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Return of frequent news updates and candidate information (trial)

For several years ending in late 2012 PG-Politics posted frequent summaries of news about Prince George's County.  The format and title varied over time, but generally each individual news item had a title and link to the source.  The service was discontinued in late 2012, as explained in a lengthy message originally posted 26 Apr 2012, and updated 31 Aug 2012.

Among the reasons for discontinuance were declining blog readership and mailing list participation, and increasing numbers of news sources generally available online. 

The demise of the Gazette, reductions in staffing and local coverage by the Post, and the Patches, inactivity of some of the other bloggers who once wrote about politics in the county, and the consolidation of sites now controlled by the Sun, have reduced the number of generally available county-related news sources.

Although PG-Politics does not have the ability to do actual reporting of newsworthy events, the summaries have returned on a trial basis, to help fill the gaps from the reduction in real news sources, and to provide a vehicle for anyone who wants to report on community events or meetings, or fill in when necessary (during periods of travel, etc., reply to this message if interested).  For the present, items being considered for posting can be found here.

PG-Politics also provided coverage of candidates for local offices in 2006 and 2010.  Attempts to continue in 2014 failed--no candidates responded to requests for information or links to campaign events or online sources.    A separate message about plans for identifying 2016 candidates will follow later.

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