The Local Angle is an application that helps content curators and consumers discover articles that may be of local interest even if they don’t originate locally. The application associates articles with information such as a newsmaker’s birthplace or a company’s headquarters city.

The goal is to spot content from around the web that may be of particular interest to a city or town no matter if it happens somewhere else.

In this initial iteration, the application uses Google News to scoop up current news stories, AlchemyAPI to identify the people mentioned in each story, and DBpedia to identify a geographical tie.


Finding the local angle in national news, Shawn O’Banion, Larry Birnbaum, and Scott Bradley, Northwestern University Intelligent Information Laboratory. In Proceedings of the companion publication of the 2013 international conference on Intelligent user interfaces companion.