Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Citizen journalism alive in Seattle

Although most of us are well aware of the recent demise of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer print edition, there are many who probably don't know that in addition to keeping the on-line P-I website in operation, Hearst has indirectly spawned a second web-based news source for the Seattle area, the Seattle Post Globe. Hearst's role in helping create this new site, of course, was by firing most of the P-I staff, many of whom are now tying to make a go of this non-profit alternative.  The site is being operated in partnership with KCTS-TV. Post Globe editor Kery Murakami assesses the situation bluntly when asking for donations to keep the site up and running: "the future of journalism is now in your hands."  Among the staffers of the Post Globe are writers Art Thiel and Mike Lewis and Photographer Grant Haller.  

Murikami reports that at this point they have enough funding to operate the site for one month, so success will only come with a quick rise in readership and donations.  I recommend you check out the Post Globe by taking a look at Kathy Mulady's great story, Tracking Down Seattle's Vintage Street Cars.

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