1999-2000. The PUSH Journal was developed by my team at InterScience, London (a life-sciences communications consultancy) in response to a need expressed by journalists who received Rockefeller Foundation sponsored training on increasing and deepening their sexual and reproductive health reporting. We worked with a firm specializing in unique information technology applications, and designed an early news aggregating system that would allow the end-user to tailor their personal news feeds based on geographical and topical preferences. PUSH, an acronym for periodic updates on sexual and reproductive health, is now housed at the Communications Consortium Media Center and populated from a daily Lexis/Nexis feed.
Over 10,000 users now subscribe to The PUSH Journal; the vast majority of the subscribers are journalists and the remainder comprises professionals and academics working in a variety of disciplines. It is delivered by email in either plain text or HTML daily. All subscriptions are free. Some 17 topic areas are available, paired with 15 UN-defined geographical areas.
For more about The PUSH Journal, visit www.pushjournal.org.