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Sherman Alexie on How Trump is Turning the US Into a Reservation
“My mother was a dictionary,” he began. “She was one of the last fluent speakers of our tribal language. She knew dozens of words that no one else knew. When she died, we buried all those words with her.”
americanindian  seattle  washingtonstate  memory  poetry  writing  language 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Your city sucks! (And so does mine) –
For the record I’ve lived in three legitimate technology hubs: Seattle, San Francisco, and Boulder. Additionally, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Portland. Each one of them had its benefits and detractions. Ultimately, I’m settling down in San Francisco (after moving to it, away from it, and subsequently back 3 times now). Why? It’s simple, despite all of the bullshit that is involved in this incestuous, crowded, echo chamber of a dirty ass city, it is Mecca for nerds. Period. All of the pieces of the proverbial startup pie are here: money, history, talent, schools, partners, clients, press, etc. I don’t have to wait for any part of that ecosystem to grow or blossom. It’s already here and I’m far to lazy too grow or foster any part of those for an entire city.
seattle  sanfrancisco  portland  oregon  california  washingtonstate  technology  creative  business  western  cities 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What “engagement” means to Tracy Record and West Seattle Blog « RJI
A lot of her traffic comes from people who are curious about what they’re seeing or hearing. They’re seeking facts. And by the next morning, they’re not still interested in whether there really were orcas off the coast nearby. They want to know what’s going on now, in a hollering-across-town-square sort of way. They want to holler back about what they know or have observed. The blog hardly ever ASKS people to holler back, as in “tell us what you know, dear readers.” But the culture of the site is known to invite participation, and so people participate.
media  journalism  seattle  news  online  attention  communication 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Seattle Post Globe: Confessions of a former online producer
I, like most bloggers and formerly employed journalists, am now writing for free, and that is not a sustainable social model for finding, investigating and sharing information about the powerful, the greedy and the downtrodden.

Unless local users conscientiously seek and support local substantive journalism with money, real local news will continue to be spotty at best, barely afloat in a sea of nearly-naked celebs.
newspapers  postpaper  afterpaper  seattle  washingtonstate  online  celebrity  local  media  journalism 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Sleepless in Seattle : CJR
You need deep curiosity, the intellectual bandwidth to range across a broad spectrum of issues, analyze documents, research, interview, interrogate, relate to people, gain their trust, behave appropriately for whatever situation confronts you (interviewing a trauma victim versus covering a politician, for example), keep your sense of humor, help colleagues, and info-share, follow your gut instincts, be tough and compassionate—sometimes simultaneously—and then weave all this material into a layered, intelligent, multi-faceted, unbiased, truthful piece that holds people’s attention.
journalism  media  newspapers  seattle  washingtonstate  identity  work  jobs  writing 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
kplu news: Keith Seinfeld: Residents Imagine a Post-Paper Seattle
[...] Even within newspapers, some sections subsidize others. It's all bundled together -- sports, entertainment, weather, business, local news. At The Seattle Times' Web site, it's still together, but readers don't necessarily take the whole bundle. Director of Content Cory Haik says the Web allows her to know exactly what's making money and what's not - and it's not stories about local policy and politics.

"Entertainment: tons of money," she says. "People click on those stories, those display ads are making money. Not so much necessarily for, say, something like the meat and potatoes like local news. People aren't necessarily that interested."

So how do you subsidize meat and potatoes journalism on the internet -- which operates like an a la carte menu? The bundling and the cross-subsidies are all disrupted. [...]
seattle  news  newspapers  media  journalism  washingtonstate  internet  online  attention  marketing 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Seattle Paper Advances Plans to Turn Into Online-Only Publication -
Many of the journalists being asked to work for an online-only P-I are young and have experience blogging and covering breaking news, staffers say, a sign of the direction the P-I may take as an online-only publication.
newspapers  online  blogging  media  journalism  business  hearst  corporations  seattle  washingtonstate 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Seattle Named 'Most Wired' City by Forbes - PC World
Despite its reputation as a hotbed of tech, California didn't land a single city in the top 10. San Francisco came in at No. 11, a significant fall from last year's No. 4 ranking. While the City by the Bay is tops in broadband adoption -- a good indication of a Net-savvy citizenry -- it has relatively few Wi-Fi hotspots or companies providing high-speed Internet access, Forbes reports. San Diego, Los Angeles, and Sacramento were ranked No. 12, 13, and 19, respectively.
wifi  california  web  online  seattle  washingtonstate  sanfrancisco  sandiego  losangeles  sacramento 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Seattle P-I put up for sale
P-I online reporter and blogger Monica Guzman cried at her desk with her head in her hands. She had just sent a Twitter post to the Web, saying, "Please, let us be O.K."

"It doesn't feel real," she said. "You hear about the problems in the industry all over the country and you start to think, 'Well, nothing that bad has happened to us yet, so maybe it won't.' You know it's naïve. You know it's stupid. And then it happens."

She said the need for journalists hasn't gone away.

"I just hope that someone will always do it with the dedication and the passion that I've seen in this newsroom," she said. "It's hard to look around at so much talent, potential, and know it could all end."
journalism  seattle  newspapers  media  business  corporations 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Under the Needle: The old drinks are here with him in spirits
"J.P. Morgan drank a Manhattan at the market's closing every day," Clarke said after a slow sip. "What did his Manhattan taste like? That's what I want to know -- what history tasted like."
drinking  alcohol  seattle  history  beverages 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Reader | Hot Type | Chicago Needs a New News Model : And here are a couple ideas—just add cash.
"The big evolutionary hurdle is the one between one or two people fiddling around with some cheap, ubiquitous software and the next step—producing credibly sourced, professional journalism and attracting some audience. You can do it with few people and a small budget, but you’ll remain in some kind of political newsletter zone. Moving from quixotic start-up to serious organization—that’s not easy.”
journalism  media  newspapers  seattle  vancouver  britishcolumbia  chicago 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Local News | Keep up with The Times: Big changes coming today | Seattle Times Newspaper
If this were the popular HBO series "The Wire," this is where the newspaper editor would say, "Less is more," and that we're making the paper smaller to save you time in your busy lives.

But I'm in the truth-telling business. We are making these changes because we are reducing our two largest newsroom expenses: staff and newsprint.

Less is less, and we won't be offering you quite as much content. That said, we're committed to sustaining the high quality of what we publish. And we're confident we will give you a newspaper well worth every hard-earned penny you spend on it, each and every day.
newspapers  seattle  media  business  journalism  washingtonstate 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
More Hockey Less War: The Future of News
These guys have some distinctly different ideas on the future of the newsroom, and, more importantly, how it will be funded.
news  media  journalism  newspapers  business  toread  portland  seattle 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
An anarchist review of Battle in Seattle - Anarkismo
"[...] For all its errors, Battle in Seattle provides a fun opportunity to return to the question of why the WTO protests represented such a massive victory, and what we as anarchists should focus on in our political work nearly ten years later. [...]"
politics  seattle  cinema  film  protest  activism  washingtonstate  hollywood  story 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Working the web at the Seattle P-I - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle):
"It’s about a bigger thing. It’s about my position, not me as a person. So I really don’t feel entitled to have a say.”"
journalism  newspapers  seattle  media 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jerry Large | Our layoffs are your loss too | Seattle Times Newspaper
"Web producers want material they can trust, so where else are they going to get it? "Journalists aren't perfect, but most work hard to get things right. It isn't just a job for most of us. We believe we play crucial roles in a community's conversation."
journalism  media  newspapers  seattle  washingtonstate  business  community  identity  blogging 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
P-I must arbitrate online dispute
"A federal judge ruled Monday that the Seattle P-I must arbitrate a union dispute over its online reporter position. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly's ruling favors The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, which represents most P-I nonmanagement employees.
unions  work  labor  jobs  seattle  law  justice  newspapers  media  journalism  online 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Starbucks Nation - Los Angeles Times
"In an odd and, I grant, surreal way, Starbucks may be one of the last remaining venues where Americans of different views can fraternize peaceably, united in their jonesing for caffeine. Put that in a memo."
caffeine  marketing  coffee  business  corporations  identity  food  beverages  losangeles  seattle  culture 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Vancouver Magazine: The New Seattle
"[W]ealth here was generated by scooping up minerals, knocking down forests and, since 1986, harvesting the last of our non-renewable natural resources: water-view real estate."
vancouver  canada  seattle  washingtonstate  travel  identity  cascadia  immigration  environment 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Don't Leave Me, Debra Dickerson! | Slog | The Stranger's Blog | The Stranger | Seattle's Only Newspaper
"I’m confident that the lessons you learned reading about more extreme kinks in my column—lessons about kindness, compassion, mutual respect, a sense of fun, and being open to possibility—will apply."
sex  counseling  behavior  writing  seattle  relationships 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Business & Technology | Could Times-Hearst battle end with P-I strictly online? | Seattle Times Newspaper
"If I were running Hearst, I'd consider it. That's because I'm reckless. The people who run newspapers are generally very conservative. But the future is going to be invented by someone who is reckless."
newspapers  media  journalism  seattle  washingtonstate  hearst  online  www  corporations 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Washington, D.C.: [New Slogan Goes Here] -
"What's really important to recognize is that people have more choices than ever . . . so just like a toothpaste manufacturer or an automobile dealer, you have to market who you are in a very special way."
marketing  cities  usa  urban  aesthetics  creativity  seattle 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Anchorage, Alaska: Coffeetown, USA » PopMatters | News and Commentary | PopWire
“One of my favorite stories is this big beefy roofer, like 6-foot-5, deep voice, he walks up to our bar and he says, ‘I’d like a wedding cake latte please.' "
caffeine  beverages  alaska  identity  seattle 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Publisher from B.C. makes inroads into Seattle suburbs
"They're not bad papers, but for the most part they're not exciting papers either. They're more about making money than breaking big stories."
newspapers  journalism  media  canada  seattle  corporations  community 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Seattle Times: Local News: Some coffee stands get steamier
"If I'm going to pay $4 for a cup of coffee, I'm not going to get served by a guy."
coffee  marketing  seattle  business  beverages  sex 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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