Washington state distributes news by e-mail
- By Daniel Keegan
- Apr 26, 2000
Washington state has launched an e-mail news service for government agencies
to distribute news to subscribers.
Citizens can sign up for the free listserv and receive
state government news for a particular topic that interests them.
"It's a great way to the information out to the right people, said Darlene
Kosoff, enterprise business solutions manager for the Washington's Department
of Information Services, which runs the listserv.
All Washington state and local government agencies can own a list, as
well as businesses that work with the state. Listservs are typically $35
per month, but if a particular group wants several, the cost decreases.
Currently, there are 15 lists to choose from, ranging from state public
policy (with more than 300 subscribers) and ecology law and regulations
(more than 1,000 subscribers) to the Washington State Diversity Outreach
Network for Employers, Advocate Groups and Job Seekers.
Kosoff said several departments plan to buy more listservs, breaking
down news into specific groups. The owner of the listserv is wholly responsible
for its content, although members can respond and start discussions through
the service. Most of the discussions are monitored, Kosoff said, so they
don't get "out of hand."
Kosoff said she expects the number of available lists to grow quickly.