The University of California, Merced, has created its own news blog to serve the needs of journalists and others interested in what’s happening at the UC system’s newest campus.
“As our university grows, it’s become more challenging to make sure everyone is able to find out everything happening on campus,” said Patti Waid, director of communications for the university. “Our hope is that the news blog will be a useful tool for journalists covering our campus, as well as members of the public who want to know about our growth and accomplishments.”
Postings will include summaries of UC Merced news releases, story tips, and other bits of news. Though visitors can’t comment on individual posts, feedback can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is just one more way for the public to read the latest news about our campus, as it occurs,” Waid added. “We hope the addition of video and photos will make visitors feel like they are ‘in the know.’”
Perhaps most importantly, anyone wishing to follow the development of UC Merced can subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed, allowing them to see UC Merced news content on their own customized home page through services like Yahoo! or Google. Visitors may also subscribe to be alerted by e-mail whenever new items are posted to the blog.