We love Burien.
And we’re not ashamed to say it.
That’s because we live here.
We work here.
We shop (and spend our money!) here.
And we believe in this city of nearly 50,000 people, where our mission is:
- To help make Burien a more awesome place by being the leading news media source.
- To report news from a “location-based” perspective, that is, if it happens in/near Burien, we’ll cover it.
- To cover Local News, Events, Arts and more quickly and efficiently than any other website.
- To inform, engage, entertain and educate our Readers using thoughtful editorial integrity.
- To allow a Forum for our Readers to civilly Comment and share their thoughts on the stories we cover.
- To be involved in our community, via ongoing memberships in Discover Burien, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations that involve local businesses.
- To remain pro-Burien, pro-business, and to help our fellow businesspeople market their products and services as best we can.
- To actually do more than “just report” local News by assisting with and even holding our own Fundraisers to help our neighbors.
We abide by the journalistic practices and editorial integrity that were first instilled into Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer by high school Journalism Teacher Dorothea “Miss Moo” Mootafes, who taught Schaefer and numerous other locals – like Dow Constantine, Mark Neuman, John Carlson and many others – at West Seattle High School.
UPDATE 2/14: Founder/Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer was featured as “the face of 98166” in Seattle Magazine.
UPDATE 3/3/13: Schaefer was named Discover Burien’s 2013 “Business Leader of the Year” at the organization’s annual awards dinner.
UPDATE 6/6/11: B-Town Blog Founder/Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer was interviewed by ‘Street Fight‘ magazine on ‘Hyperlocal’ journalism and the blog – read it here.
UPDATE 5/21/11: The B-Town (Burien) Blog was award the “Best Hyperlocal Website” by the Society of Professional Journalists for their 2010 regional competition, which includes Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana!
The folks behind Burien’s original and first local blog include:
- Scott Schaefer, Founder/Publisher/Editor: With three National Emmy Awards for Writing on “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and over 25 years’ experience in TV/video, multimedia, marketing/advertising, technology and the internet, Scott started The B-Town Blog as a hobby and has since turned it into a full-time business. His other credits include as a Director on “Penn & Teller:Bullsh*t!” (Showtime), “The Arsenio Hall Show” (Paramount), “Sightings” (Paramount), “Totally Hidden Video” (Fox), “America’s Funniest People” (ABC), Fox On-Air Promotions and KING-TV’s “Almost Live!” where he got his start in 1985. Most recently he Directed and Produced an award-winning 30-minute short film called “The Maury Island Incident.” Connect with Scott on LinkedIn here.
- Theresa Schaefer, Sales Manager. Scott’s wife is the newest member of the team, having joined in April, 2012. Most recently she served as a member of the Victorinox Swiss Army Sales Management team. Theresa is a veteran sales and marketing professional who is ready to help your business! Email her for our Media Kit!
- Michael Brunk, Photographer/Technical Guru. With a love of photography that spans more than 20 years, Michael has fond memories of film but wouldn’t give up his digital SLR for anything. His checkered past includes stints as a monthly columnist for a nationally published magazine on telecommunications and technology and several years reviewing movies. He’s also been known to dabble in community theater. His main qualifications are a large camera and free time. He also builds and maintains the code that runs our sites.
- Jack Mayne, Associate Publisher/Senior Reporter. Jack Mayne has done about all there is to do in print journalism. He has been city editor of the Seattle P.I. back in its glory days, edited the Journal American in Bellevue and Valley Daily News in Kent in the 1990s. Before that he was a freelance international journalist and reported from South Africa, China, visited over 80 countries and even covered a colonial war in the 20th century between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the desolate Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. He got his start at the Vancouver Province, thence to The Associated Press, becoming chief of the New England bureau, but a desire of AP to send him to Buffalo, N.Y., drove him back to Seattle. With writing for print becoming quaint and dated, he is now setting his sights on Web journalism and has written several stories for the B-Town Blog and plans many more.
- Ralph Nichols, Senior Reporter. Ralph specializes in public policy and legal issues, medical matters, and business profiles. For several years, he was an editor, reporter, and columnist for the Highline Times. Previously he worked in the Seattle area, Alaska and Idaho as a reporter for daily newspapers, United Press International, and trade publications; as a state capitol bureau chief and columnist; and a public relations writer and project manager.
- Mark Neuman, Writer/Marketing: former real-world Journalist, TV Host, Producer and Marketer, Mark is an old friend of Scott’s going back to when they worked on their high school newspaper together (West Seattle High’s “Chinook”). Mark has interviewed two US Presidents, cops, cooks and cartoonists, authors and artists, senators, singers, scholars and senior citizens, along with the first Mayor of Burien and a local man running for State Superior Court.
- Shawn Underwood, Humor Columnist: Twenty-five years of living in Burien gives this Humorist much fodder for her writings. All of her stories are true, or at least have a grain of truth with no added embellishments.Or something like that.
Aside from striving to be the main (and most timely being that we update several times per day) News Source for the Burien area, the B-Town Blog does something few other local blogs do; we actually strive to serve and help our community!
Over the last two years, we’ve helped raise more than $13,000 for needy area residents ranging from two local food banks to victims of a fatal apartment fire and more.
This is part of a network of blogs produced by South King Media, which includes:
- NEW: SoKing News Podcasts – all original local news audio reports delivered on weekends.
- The Waterland Blog – covering our lovely neighbor to the south, the community of Des Moines, WA.
- White Center Blog – Diverse Community + Interesting People = This Blog about White Center, our neighbor to the north.
- SeaTac Blog – “Everywhere’s Possible” with this blog about SeaTac.
- Normandy Park Blog – all about (you guessed it) Normandy Park.
- Tukwila Blog – a local news/events blog for Tukwila.
Remember, a blog is only as good as its contributors and participants, so please email us or call (206) 248-2565 with any story ideas, event listings, business directory listings or other B-Town-related stuff.