Journalism Section

Highline Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield Receives Journalism Award

Highline Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield Receives Journalism Award

Highline Public Schools announced Thursday (Nov. 29) that, in recognition of her “unwavering support of students’ rights and scholastic journalism,” the Journalism Education Association honored Superintendent... [Read more]

B-Town Blog Awarded ‘Best Hyperlocal Website’ for Second Consecutive Year

B-Town Blog Awarded ‘Best Hyperlocal Website’ for Second Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, The B-Town Blog was named “Best Hyperlocal Website” by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at their annual awards banquet Saturday night (May 19). “This... [Read more]

Thanks Readers – Over 58,000 Unique Visitors to the Blog in February 2012!

Thanks Readers – Over 58,000 Unique Visitors to the Blog in February 2012!

We’d like to take a brief, self-indulgent moment to send a huge shout-out to all our Readers for another great month of traffic (enough to make us leap…) – The B-Town Blog had over 58,000... [Read more]

Society Of Professional Journalists Names B-Town Blog ‘Best Hyperlocal Website’

Society Of Professional Journalists Names B-Town Blog ‘Best Hyperlocal Website’

My Oh My! – Saturday night (May 21st) at Safeco Field, The B-Town Blog team hit a major home run when it was named ‘Best Hyperlocal Website’ by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)... [Read more]

SeaTac/B-Town Blog Photojournalist Michael Brunk to Speak at PowellsWood

SeaTac/B-Town Blog Photojournalist Michael Brunk to Speak at PowellsWood

Michael Brunk, B-Town Blog Photographer by Greg Wright I’ve known Michael Brunk a long time, and he’s a man of many talents: Boeing technology guru, actor, director, webmaster… and photographer. For... [Read more]

Aviation High School Gets Grant To Train Students As New Media Journalists

Aviation High School Gets Grant To Train Students As New Media Journalists

The Highline School District announced Tuesday (March 29) that students from Aviation High School “will become reporters, photojournalists, content creators, editors, and publishers of a multimedia... [Read more]

Meet Our Newest Big Picture High School Intern: Philip Benais

Meet Our Newest Big Picture High School Intern: Philip Benais

We’d like to welcome our newest Intern to The B-Town Blog, Philip Benais, a 16-year old student at Big Picture High School in SeaTac. Philip will be working as a Writer, Reporter, Reviewer and more,... [Read more]

We Have Taken The “TAO Of Journalism” Pledge

We Have Taken The “TAO Of Journalism” Pledge

This week, our decision to “take the pledge” to the TAO of Journalism came to fruition, and we’d like our Readers to know about it. The “TAO of Journalism” is, quite simply,... [Read more]

An Open Letter To KOMO And Fisher Broadcasting

An Open Letter To KOMO And Fisher Broadcasting

by Scott Schaefer Recently the B-Town Blog’s business model was soundly endorsed by Seattle’s KOMO/Fisher Broadcasting, when they launched numerous “local blogs” of their own. We,... [Read more]

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 4

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 4

[EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 17, 2009, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition, completing a more than 145-year run. Its online presence continues. We at The B-Town Blog, while excited about the future of neighborhood blogs such as ours, lament the folding of great US newspapers, particularly those with such rich histories and stellar legacies as the P-I.

Scott Schaefer and Mark Neuman, of the B-Town Blog, worked together on their high school newspaper, The West Seattle High Chinook, a few decades back. They were fortunate enough to have as their advisor and journalism teacher a lady who truly is one of the very best in the state of Washington, Miss Dorothea Mootafes, known a little better as Dorothy, and affectionately as Miss Moo. Miss Moo has been retired from the Seattle School District for over twenty-five years, lives in the Roosevelt area of Seattle and is quite active in her church and various teacher organizations.

We recently asked her to reflect on the passing of the P-I, and let us in on her P-I memories…

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 3

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 3

[EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 17, 2009, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition, completing a more than 145-year run. Its online presence continues. We at The B-Town Blog, while excited about the future of neighborhood blogs such as ours, lament the folding of great US newspapers, particularly those with such rich histories and stellar legacies as the P-I.

Scott Schaefer and Mark Neuman, of the B-Town Blog, worked together on their high school newspaper, The West Seattle High Chinook, a few decades back. They were fortunate enough to have as their advisor and journalism teacher a lady who truly is one of the very best in the state of Washington, Miss Dorothea Mootafes, known a little better as Dorothy, and affectionately as Miss Moo. Miss Moo has been retired from the Seattle School District for over twenty-five years, lives in the Roosevelt area of Seattle and is quite active in her church and various teacher organizations.

We recently asked her to reflect on the passing of the P-I, and let us in on her P-I memories. Today we continue a four-part Sunday series by Miss Moo…

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 2

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 2

[EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 17, 2009, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition, completing a more than 145-year run. Its online presence continues. We at The B-Town Blog, while excited about the future of neighborhood blogs such as ours, lament the folding of great US newspapers, particularly those with such rich histories and stellar legacies as the P-I.

Scott Schaefer and Mark Neuman, of the B-Town Blog, worked together on their high school newspaper, The West Seattle High Chinook, a few decades back. They were fortunate enough to have as their advisor and journalism teacher a lady who truly is one of the very best in the state of Washington, Miss Dorothea Mootafes, known a little better as Dorothy, and affectionately as Miss Moo. Miss Moo has been retired from the Seattle School District for over twenty-five years, lives in the Roosevelt area of Seattle and is quite active in her church and various teacher organizations.

We recently asked her to reflect on the passing of the P-I, and let us in on her P-I memories. Today we continue a four-part Sunday series by Miss Moo.]

by Dorothea Mootafes

Just as the other P-I departments had something for everyone, sports had a fishing expert, Ken McLeod; a hunting specialist, Cliff Harrison; a bowling enthusiast, Blaine Freer, who also covered skiing at times. The P-I sports also provided public services for young people with fishing derbies, ski schools, and swimming lessons…

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I

[EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 17, 2009, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition, completing a more than 145-year run. Its online presence continues. We at The B-Town Blog, while excited about the future of neighborhood blogs such as ours, lament the folding of great US newspapers, particularly those with such rich histories and stellar legacies as the P-I.

Scott Schaefer and Mark Neuman, of the B-Town Blog, worked together on their high school newspaper, The West Seattle High Chinook, a few decades back. They were fortunate enough to have as their advisor and journalism teacher a lady who truly is one of the very best in the state of Washington, Miss Dorothea Mootafes, known a little better as Dorothy, and affectionately as Miss Moo. Miss Moo has been retired from the Seattle School District for over twenty-five years, lives in the Roosevelt area of Seattle and is quite active in her church and various teacher organizations.

We recently asked her to reflect on the passing of the P-I, and let us in on her P-I memories. And so today we begin a four-part Sunday series by Miss Moo.]

by Dorothea Mootafes

When Mark Neuman asked me to recall what I remembered about The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, he mentioned the visit of West Seattle High School journalism students to the P-I building on Sixth and Wall Street in the mid 1970s. In the lobby were the words of Thomas Jefferson which continue to imply what the role of the newspaper should be in a free society:

“If it were left to me to decide whether to have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

Jefferson’s words are also on one of the four panels in the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D. C. The P-I always could be counted upon to investigate excesses in government when they occurred and to keep demagogues in line when the occasion arose; but in my more than a half a century of reading The P-I, it has been more than a watchdog of my rights. It has been a source of information, a means of entertainment, and, at times, a needle instantly raising my blood pressure.

No part of any Seattle-area person’s existence was untouched by The P-I. The news pages, women’s pages, sports pages, opinion pages, special features, and even the comics have affected us all. Through the years, the women’s pages were transformed from strictly society news—weddings, engagements, club news—time, date place events; who, what, where, when—into a department exploring significant and controversial issues, adding the why and how to coverage.

Nancy Hevly, a women’s page staff member, recalls it was Susan Paynter who wrote the first stories of the new type. Among the first articles were those on a woman’s right to choose and on a lesbian couple.

Sally Raleigh was editor of the traditional society page and also guided it through its changes. “Lifestyle” was one of the subsequent titles which mirrored the change in content. Sally’s staff included Laura Emory Gilmore, Jean Lunzer and Nancy Hevly herself. Edna Daw edited the club news. If there was a PTA meeting, sorority gathering, etc., members would find the time, date and place in the club column. Groups chose publicity chairmen whose job it was to send notices on their meeting, guests, speakers, or special program to the newspaper.

Prudence Penny was the early title of the Home Economics Department. Food editors later began using their own names and their food pages continued to be popular and useful. Nancy Beardsley sometimes covered special community or church events showing an ethnic or historical specialty the public might enjoy.

Gradually women’s news blended into the rest of the newspaper. Articles under Lifestyle, for example, could be on either men or women. Until World War Two, women did not cover hard news. Lucille Cohen and Eleanor Bell were the first to break the sex barrier.

The name Royal Brougham was synonymous with P-I sports. He was not only the sports editor for so many years; he was also the cheerleader and promoter of every Seattle-based team and outstanding athlete. “The Morning After,” his daily sports column, opened with sections on sports personalities or current happenings, and closed with a final “Chitter-Chatter,” sometimes with an other heading, composed of a miscellany of sports news. Everyone learned much about Husky sports and particularly Al Ulbrickson’s crews, hometown baseball hero Fred Hutchinson, and the Seattle Rainiers. Naming the street across from Safeco Field for Royal Brougham was well deserved as the P-I sports editor long touted major league baseball for Seattle. Like the rest of us, he survived the short stay of the Seattle Pilots in 1969. The Mariners began in 1977, a year before Royal Brougham’s death in 1978.

It was Royal Brougham who started the annual Man of the Year Sports Award and Banquet at the beginning of each calendar year. I attended the event in l957 because my St. Louis Cardinal hero, Stan Musial, was the special guest. When golfer JoAnne Gunderson was named “man” of the year that night, she turned to Royal Brougham and said, “Royal are you sure you’ve got the right man?” Pat Lesser, another woman, had won the award two years before. The problem was solved in recent years with the selection of one man and one woman.

Highline College Honoring Martin Luther King Week 1/19-23

Highline College Honoring Martin Luther King Week 1/19-23

Between Jan. 19th and 23rd, Highline Community College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week will feature nationally known authors and scholars discussing a variety of topics, including diversity, politics,... [Read more]

Continue Celebrating Earth Day With Photos

Continue Celebrating Earth Day With Photos

The B-Town Blog is proud to present some work by local Photographer Cheryl Moorhead, an incredibly talented B-Towner who has taken some amazing nature photos. We’ll be showcasing her work often,... [Read more]