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  • Goodbye and thank you from Seattle PostGlobe

    3:16 pm on July 29, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Farewell article via Sally Deneen -PostGlobe Co-founder and Curator

    We started as a nonprofit news site created by laid-off staffers of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer after the 146-year-old paper printed its last edition on what for others was a festive St. Patrick’s Day in 2009. More than 100 journalists lost their jobs as the paper scaled down its staff and went online-only. Some ended their journalism careers that day, as newspaper jobs nationally continued to evaporate – nearly 15,000 other print journalists lost their jobs that year.

    A recap of some of our major enterprise:

    (Photo by Mike Kane)
    * Eric Ruthford explored how gangs are turning from selling drugs to selling girls for sex as part of a special series on teen prostitution in Seattle.
    * Our reality check on the King County 10-year plan to end homelessness revealed shortcomings; no one could think of a single homeless program that will close for lack of demand.

    * We broke the story about City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco getting a $40,000 bonus from the city.  It’s impossible to know if another reporter would have discovered that eventually. But we may never have known had we not been there.
    * We broke the story of how Seattle might ban smoking in parks.
    * We “ truth-squaded ” the proposal by King County Council members to have Seattle pay for the downtown bus tunnel and were the only ones to report Metro believes Seattle was already paying its fair share.
    * We were the only ones first to report a bit of Seattle history – the sale of four old ferries that cruised Puget Sound for decades. And we were the only ones to chronicle their departure for a scrap yard in Mexico.

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  • WSDOT – using social media to get the word out on transportation

    3:13 pm on July 26, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
    Tags: Online News Assocation,

    via ONA / SPJ Meetup.com page

    Hello all,

    Heading over the Cascades? Trapped in your car during #snOMG? Figuring out a way to get around summer road closures? WSDOT aims to help you navigate through all of it with innovative and responsive use of social media. Jeremy Bertrand, web manager and media strategist of Washington State Department of Transportation, will chat with us about how he developed this government agency’s policies and practices at the next ONA-SPJ Seattle Meetup Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at Jillian’s.

    This is our fourth in a series of the #Newsnext meetups, where we’re talking to interesting locals working in the digital space. If you’re interested in gathering with writers, editors, photographers, producers, developers, designers, engineers and anyone else with an interest in the production of news, Jillian’s will have a cash bar and some great space to meet with like-minded digital professionals.

    Any questions, feel free to let us know.
    Hope to see you there!

    Monica, Tiffany, Mark, and Paul

  • Seattle Social Media Day 2011 - June 30

    11:24 am on June 27, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink

    More info and RSVP at Eventbright


    Banyan Branch & Seattle Interactive Conference are hosting the

    Seattle 2011 Social Media Day!

    banyanbranch SIC

    Join us at HG Lodge on Capitol Hill (722 E. Pike St., Seattle 98122) on Thursday, June 30th from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. for drinks, music from DJ Marty Mar, prizes & lots of networking with Seattle’s vibrant social media community.

    Skillet will have their food truck parked outside HG, and Molly Moon‘s truck will have your afterparty treats at 7:30p.m.

    PopChips will have their famous chips and a social photobooth on hand.


    Prizes include:

  • BarCamp Seattle 2011 - June 24-26th

    8:27 pm on June 23, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
    Tags: BarCamp

    from http://barcampseattle2011.eventbrite.com/

    BarCamp Seattle is a one of a kind event where you are the conference and the content is only as good as the attendees. If you have never attended you need to know the basics. BarCamp is an open-format conference where the attendees are the presenters. Our subject matter will be directly tied to what ideas people bring to share with the community.

    This years event is in a smaller space than in the past and so we have some limitations but limitations are what makes BarCamp great. Some people will want to give a presentation, but discussion groups, round tables, Q&A, brainstorming together are also options. The only expectation is that its expected that everyone be prepared to talk about their passions and ideas.

    Read more here:


  • #NewsNext with Rand Fishkin – CEO of SEOmoz – June 23

    12:53 pm on June 22, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Event info & RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/ONA-SPJ-Seattle/events/20734901/

    Who’s hosting? Mark Briggs, Monica Guzman, Paul Balcerak, Tiffany Campbell

    How to find us: Jillian’s, 731 Westlake Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109-4322

    Hello all,

    It’s been suggested by some in the digital world that in the era of social media, search engines could wither and die. Rand Fishkin, the CEO of Seattle’s SEOmoz, thinks they’re just going to make search better, more powerful, and more relevant. We’ll be chatting with Rand about the art of SEO – search engine optimization – and why it matters for your next story at the next ONA-SPJ Seattle Meetup Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. Bring your questions about white-hat SEO, social media, SEO tactics and more to Jillian’s on Westlake.

    This is our third in a series of the #Newsnext meetups, where we’re talking to interesting locals working in the digital space. If you’re interested in gathering with writers, editors, photographers, producers, developers, designers, engineers and anyone else with an interest in the production of news, Jillian’s will have a cash bar and some great space to meet with like-minded digital professionals.

    Any questions, feel free to let us know.

    Hope to see you there!


    Monica, Tiffany, Mark, and Paul

  • June 22 GeekWire Launch Party: Get Your Geek On

    9:24 pm on June 18, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Tickets and info here

    Geekwire logo

    Join 600+ startup geeks, tech luminaries, sports fans, rock stars, local heroes and celebrity guests. Great times, from tunes to trash talk!

    Get in the game:

    ·        Challenge a local celeb to a hole-in-one putt-off.

    ·        Got hoops?  Take on a basketball great in a game of G-E-E-K.

    ·        Settle your (business) scores on the astro-turf. Can’t choose between billiards and soccer? You don’t have to. Introducing GeekBall.

    Party stations can transform your business card into fabulous prizes. You may already be a winner.

    Get your Geek On.

  • Monthly Photojournalism Meetup - June 9

    10:27 am on June 8, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink

    From NW Photojournalism Facebook Event

    Next Monthly Meetup – 7 p.m., June 9th at Mulleady’s Irish Pub in Magnolia (3055 21st Ave W.) Mellow session this month – Bring photos/videos on a laptop to share with individuals and small groups

    Find NW Photojournalism group on their Facebook Page

  • 25th Anniversary Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship reception - June 07

    4:15 pm on June 6, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Info and RSVP at Eventbrite

    The Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the Seattle Association of Black Journalists (SABJ) welcome you to the 25th anniversary celebration for the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship.

    Where: KING5, 333 Dexter Ave N, Seattle

    When: Tuesday, 6pm doors open; 6:30pm program starts; 8pm end

    Cost: FREE

    We’ll be serving chicken satay, fresh fruit, red velvet cake and other treats as we honor this year’s students receiving scholarships to pursue their dreams in journalism. Our keynote speaker is multimedia reporter Thanh Tan from The Texas Tribune, a journalism start-up in Austin, and a three-time winner of the scholarship.

    We still have some free tickets left, and they can claim them by RSVP’ing at

    Many thanks to this year’s event sponsor, KING 5 Television.

  • Journalism Needs More Ombudsmen AND News Councils

    2:30 pm on May 30, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
    Tags: Craig Silverman, John Hamer, MediaBugs, Organization of News Ombudsmen,

    via John Hamer of the Washington News Council

    Craig Silverman gives keynote speech to #ONO2011 meeting in Montreal. John Hamer of WNC (bald spot on left) listens along with Michael Getler, ombudsman of PBS (bald head on right).

    “It’s really important that we have accountability mechanisms in journalism. When it comes to our own accountability, most news organizations are doing a pretty poor job, to be blunt.”

    Craig Silverman, in keynote speech to Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO) annual convention, Montreal

    Craig Silverman, a regular columnist for Columbia Journalism Review and The Toronto Star, is also author of “Regret the Error – How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech.

    In his talk to the world’s ombudsmen last week, Silverman cited several studies which found that 40 to 60 percent of news stories contained some kind of error! A comprehensive survey of U.S. newspapers found the highest error rate on record.
    “We’ve been telling people for literally hundreds of years that when we make a mistake we correct it,” Silverman said. But the U.S. study found a correction rate of only about 2 percent.

    “That is pretty outrageous,” Silverman said. “If we’re only correcting 2 percent of errors, we’re not meeting our own standards. It represents a serious failure on the part of news organizations.” (More …)

  • June 3-5 Random Hacks of Kindness #3

    9:24 pm on May 28, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
    Tags: Geeks Without Bounds, innovation, Tropo

    via Geeks Without Bounds

    We’re pleased to announce that GWOBorg is joining forces with Random Hacks of Kindness again to host the RHoK #3 Global Satellite Hackathon taking  place at Microsoft’s Redmond campus near Seattle June 4th and 5th, 2011.  This year Seattle is THE (only) mainstage event in the US; with VIP speakers from Google, Microsoft, City of Seattle, GWOB, and Crisis Commons, all kicking off the hackathon with a reception the night of June 3rd. Entertainment includes Maxx Sundquist, Levity acrobats, and much more.

    What is RHoK #3?

    RHok #3 is global gathering of hackers in many locations around the world,  coming together in real time for a marathon weekend of coding around problems relating to disaster risk management and climate change.

    Sign Up Now to Attend RHok #3

    Attending RHok #3 is free and easy, just sign up on our eventbrite page! For even more information and pre-hackathon mingling, check out our Facebook event page.  To find out about RHoK #3 events elsewhere, check out the Random Hacks of Kindness webpage.

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