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We're experimenting with a couple of new packages on dailyherald.com.

One of them is something we're calling NCAA Hoops Extra.

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If you like college basketball, and especially as March Madness arrives, you might want to check it out.

It's designed, through our Associated Press news service partners, to provide added coverage for the in-depth fan. More game coverage, more photos, more analysis and features. And a ranking that lets you rate the teams too.

We're trying it out this spring to see how well it works and how well it's received, and if it's successful, we may try the same approach with other sports categories in the future.

Another experiment is a project we're testing with the Knight News Innovation Lab at Northwestern University.

In our election section on dailyherald.com, we're aggregating other political coverage of the races for U.S. representative on the congressional race pages. Here's an example from the 8th District page.

On the profile pages for suburban congressional candidates, we're also including a snapshot of sources of campaign contributions and the candidate's Twitter posts -- two features that also were developed by the innovation lab. Here's an example from Raja Krishnamoorthi's profile page of what that looks like.

The intent is to try to provide more texture on the races, and we hope to refine the approach for the general elections in the fall.

If you have suggestions for improving either feature, or criticisms of them, or ideas for other features we should introduce, please pass them along.

(We encourage you to talk with the editor by clicking on the Comments widget and providing your response to today's column. We want a provocative discussion but one that also abides by general rules of civility ... Please also consider friending John on Facebook by searching John Lampinen Daily Herald and following him on Twitter @DHJohnLampinen)

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