28 January 2009

Washington Who’s Who Launched

The Washington Post has unveiled a website dedicated to the people and personalities that make up the city’s political class.

WhoRunsGov.com has currently launched in a beta version, boasting in-depth profiles of America’s senators, representatives, Pentagon officials and administrative staff.

For example, each senator profile provides a career biography of its subject as well as information on their views, voting records and key collaborators.

According to PR Inside, the aim is to provide a free online resource holding policy biographies on all the key decision-makers working in politics, law, and the military.

In addition, the site notes that the first group of profiles has been created by a dedicated editorial unit within the Washington Post.

The website’s creators plan to enable users to upload their own profiles of government figures in the future when the resource becomes more of a moderated wiki.

“The site gives political, business and opinion leaders, as well as students, educators and engaged citizens, a destination for crucial, real-time information on Washington’s key players,” said Rachel Van Dongen, the editor of WhoRunsGov.com.

She added: “This is the first phase of a new venture to create a uniquely collaborative and rich information resource that demystifies the individuals behind Washington’s policy-making process.”

The site also includes a regularly updated Washington politics news blog entitled The Plum Line.

[HT - Editors Weblog]

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