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RegBlog redesign serves a growing worldwide readership

November 11, 2013

RegBlog, a student-edited website sponsored by the Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) at Penn Law, has been redesigned and relaunched to better serve its expanding readership of scholars, analysts, government officials, and business executives from around the world.

The redesigned blog now has its own domain – www.RegBlog.org.

In less than four years of operation, the blog has become the leading daily online source for news, analysis, and opinion of regulatory matters, featuring work by Penn faculty and students, as well as by scholars at other leading universities. Its writers and contributors annually publish hundreds of posts that attract readers from all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and more than 180 countries.

“RegBlog capitalizes on expertise and energy from across the university community – students, faculty, and alumni – to encourage intelligent dialogue about important policy issues and the complex regulatory process,” said Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Penn Program on Regulation. “The website fills a unique need for balanced, penetrating coverage of regulatory issues for the general reader as well as the scholar and practitioner. The redesign is intended to enhance the user experience and make it easier to navigate voluminous content from our expert and student contributors.”

Since its launch in 2011, RegBlog posts have been cited in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Yale Law Journal, Florida Law Journal, Google Finance, Open Congress, and many other outlets and publications.

Coglianese founded RegBlog as a means to provide a neutral forum to address a range of regulatory and related research issues, while creating an innovative legal education tool.

Building on Penn Law’s cross-disciplinary strengths, students involved in RegBlog learn both about law and policy, often from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. RegBlog also provides students with practical experience, offering an opportunity to hone writing and editing skills in the course of producing a valuable professional resource.

Visitors from the U.S. and foreign governments who use the site include staff from the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Federal Trade Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Executive Office of the President, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Operations, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Energy, and Comite Gestor da Internet no Brasil (Brazil’s Internet regulatory body).

The site has also been incorporated into course curricula around the country. RegBlog posts have been assigned as required reading in an administrative law class at the Law School, an environmental studies class at Penn, as well as courses outside Penn.

A post by Prof. Coglianese and Editor-in-Chief James Hobbs L’14 describing RegBlog’s next chapter is available here.

 

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