News Partner Network
The Seattle Times has formed journalism partnerships with more than 50 of Seattle's most highly regarded local news sites.
WHAT IS IT?
- In an effort to provide readers with the most comprehensive and up-to-date news from throughout the region, The Seattle Times has forged partnerships with a number of local news Web sites. Together we're looking for ways to complement each other's coverage.
- With the help of constant communication, partnership members look to share story links between sites. The coverage offered by each site is unique, and the cross-linking helps bring more news to both Seattle Times readers and the readers of the local sites.
- We look for ways to build collaborative news projects, with the local sites providing varied perspectives to the coverage.
- We consider ways to enhance partnerships through advertising and marketing relationships.
- The cross-linking has helped raise awareness of the local news "blogosphere" among Seattle Times readers. Here's a reader comment from a recent survey: "I strongly support these partnerships! It legitimizes news coverage in these neighborhood blogs, and provides a pathway for the Seattle Times to expand on the brief coverage from blogs. Neighborhood blogs add immediacy, local voices and perspective to stories, and address issues that I would not expect the Seattle Times to cover (a shop closing, a relatively small crime or an odd neighborhood incident)."
- Photo swaps have been helpful for both The Seattle Times and the local sites in situations where one site was not on the scene of a big event. On several occasions, The Seattle Times has used a breaking-news partner-site photo as the centerpiece image on its homepage.
- There have been two collaborative news projects so far -- on graffiti and family homelessness -- that have been well received by the community.
- The Seattle Times and the local sites have worked together on training sessions for partnership members on topics such as mobile reporting and video editing.
FIND OUT MORE
- The Seattle Times is working to establish and build cooperative relationships with other news sites in the area that meet our journalistic standards. If you have a community or topic site and want to learn more about this project, contact Bob Payne, Seattle Times Editor for Partnerships and Audience Engagement.
MAP OF NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS
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