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The Seattle Times: News Partner Network

September 9, 2011 in Community, Craft, Resources, Technology

“I’ve read a lot about The Seattle Times and the News Partner Network, a collaboration between The Times and more than 40 community news sites to share story links and photos among the sites. In 2009, The Times was one of five news organizations that received funding through J-Lab to build a local news network involving at least five community news sites.

As you can see, The Times took that project and ran with it, building what is likely the most extensive collaboration network involving a newspaper and community news sites. In discussions last week with Bob Payne, partnerships and audience engagement editor at The Times, and representatives of four of the partner sites, I heard both what makes the network work and where some of the ongoing challenges lie.

Bob makes it clear that this is about collaboration, not about The Times trying to big-foot the community sites. The Times highlights the work of the community sites on its website and links to the stories. That means The Times doesn’t get the web traffic; the pageviews and unique visitors accrue to the community sites, not the newspaper’s site.

The Times doesn’t want to substitute its own news judgment or editorial practices for those of the sites. The site publishers are the experts in their communities, Bob said. The benefit The Times derives from the partnership is extended reach; Times readers are able to connect into community news that the newspaper would never cover, or that it would cover only in brief. In this way, The Times burnishes its role as a news and information hub for Seattle.” Source: Janet Coats, The Patterson Foundation

Seattle: An Information Community Case Study by the New America Foundation

April 25, 2011 in Resources

“Seattle has been at the center of an explosion of alternative news outlets, especially online, which has created a critical mass of information portals for geographic and social communities.”

This comprehensive write up offers an inventory of demographics, emerging channels, new players in the field, evolution of existing leaders, economic, technological, operational, public information access, place-based media markets, and policy implications.

The piece asks in conclusion: “Do [Seattle’s] citizens and communities have all the information they want and need?” This helpful “lay of the land”, released in June 2010, was written by Jessica Durkin Tom Glaisyer, and Kara Hadge for the New America Foundation.

The foundation’s Media Policy Initiative is informed by fellows and staff who research, analyze, and promote policies that advance the public good.

Source: Journalism Accelerator

Seattlest

April 14, 2011 in Community, Craft, Resources, Technology

Seattlest was launched in January 2005 as a local blog of local happenings. It is part of network of similar sites in major cities, including New York and London.

Puget SoundOff

April 14, 2011 in Community, Craft, Experiments, Resources

Puget SoundOff is an online space “created by and for youth” to encourage young people to be involved in their communities.  The site appeals to youth with a call to action:

“It starts with one voice speaking out on an issue, then finding others to collaborate with and taking action. You can be that voice. You can get involved. You can make change happen.”

It was developed in 2007 by an inaugural PSO Youth Council with the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, University of Washington Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and Metrocenter YMCA.

Patch.com

April 14, 2011 in Craft, Experiments, Resources

AOL’s Patch network of local news sites was operating in 14 Washington State communities roughly along the I-5 corridor from Tacoma to Everett, as of February 2011. Its first site was launched October 10, 2010, in University Park. Its Seattle regional editor is Mike Lewis, formerly with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

MyNorthwest.com

April 14, 2011 in Community, Resources, Technology

The news on MyNorthwest.com is mostly from the Associated Press. The blogs are from three Bonneville broadcast outlets – News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM, 770 KTTH The Truth talk radio, and 710 ESPN Seattle.

InvestigateWest

April 13, 2011 in Community, Craft, Experiments, Resources

InvestigateWest says it “rose from the ashes of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer” but prides itself on not being “limited by those roots.” Founded in July 2009, it is a nonprofit organization dedicated to investigative and narrative journalism whose mission statement says, in part:

The old model for supporting and conducting public service journalism has collapsed. Thousands of traditional journalism jobs have simply vanished in this region, and along with them the opportunity for the kind of in-depth, investigative reporting and memorable storytelling that keeps citizens engaged and informed about changes shaping their lives.

InvestigateWest continues the reporting essential to democracy. Our passion for investigative journalism is paired with the ambition to find and connect with new audiences using the new tools of the digital revolution now available to journalists. Investigative reporting and storytelling takes time, resources and talent that many traditional news outlets can no longer afford.

InvestigateWest was started by a group of accomplished journalists with a track record of producing investigative stories and, with them, change in public policy and corporate practice. Our mission is to cut across the old media borders to reach and engage audiences by new and powerful means. We harness the synergies of the printed word with the evocative power of photography, video and audio to produce reports used and distributed by a wide variety of news organizations, whether online, print, television or radio.

InvestigateWest is led by executive director and editor Rita Hibbard, formerly an assistant managing editor and investigative editor at the P-I. It got a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in February 2010 and another in February 2011. Other funders include the Brainerd Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation, the Russell Family Foundation and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. It also solicits finds from the public.

More than 20 national and regional media partners, including MSNBC.com, AOLNews.com, The Seattle Timesseattlepi.com and The Oregonian, have distributed its work.

The Columbia Journalism Review published a first anniversary review of InvestigateWest, which it called “new pioneers of the west.”

HistoryLink.org

April 6, 2011 in Community, Resources

Founded in 1998, HistoryLink calls itself the “free online encyclopedia of Washington State History” and says it is “the first and largest encyclopedia of community history created expressly for the Internet.” With more than 5,550 original, sourced essays as of March 2010, it is an incredible public resource. The nonprofit site says it serves an average of 5,000 unique visitors a day, one third of whom are K-12 teachers and students.