As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded over the last several months, there’s been a relentless flood of information shared. The World Health Organization has defined this as an “infodemic,” or “an overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.”
While this “infodemic” has certainly been heightened by COVID-19, information overload is not a new challenge for policy professionals. In 2019 we surveyed over 1,000 policy professionals and learned your four main professional challenges include:
- Your job is complicated due to partisanship and information overload
- You struggle to find relevant and accurate reporting
- You spend too much time piecing together information from disparate sources
- You find it difficult to build context around rapidly changing policy developments
In direct response to this feedback, we’ve launched 4 new features to help you address these challenges:
Traditionally, policy professionals use a number of different resources to research and track policy. Switching between resources makes it difficult to keep up with fast-moving policy developments. Now, you can use POLITICO Pro’s new Dashboard to get a quick overview of what’s new and important across all the tools and resources available to you through the Pro Edge platform. Your Dashboard will alert you to any new developments across the issues you care about, so you can act quickly and confidently.
The Dashboard features:
- A personalized newsfeed
- Bill and rule updates for the items you’re tracking
- Events and transcripts
- Premium analyses (if you subscribe to our Premium plan)
- And more
2. NEWS AGGREGATION
Finding relevant and accurate reporting on the policy issues you care about is a constant struggle. POLITICO Pro not only provides you with unparalleled reporting from a policy-first perspective across 22 policy areas, but now we’ve added news aggregation, so you can see a curated list of related news from other reliable, non-partisan sources vetted by our legislative and policy experts.
3. STORY TIMELINE
You need to understand and contextualize policy movement the moment it happens. Our new story timeline pulls together a brief history of events and news related to the story you're reading. You can see how our reporters have written about a developing topic over the course of days, weeks, or months and see related bills or rules, so you can dive deeper when you need to.
4. PREMIUM ANALYSIS
The complex nature of today’s policy environment requires that you become a fast expert on policies and issues that are quickly emerging and rapidly changing. Our new content type, Pro Analysis, gives you all the relevant context around issues important to you. Pro Analysis pieces are 3-page briefs that help you get up-to-speed quickly on emerging topics and understand how we got here, what’s at stake, who’s involved and likely next steps. Pro Analysis is part of POLITICO Pro’s Premium plan, which includes DataPoint, Pro Bill Analysis and Pro Analysis.
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