Journalism Section

Please welcome Luke Olson as our new Sports Editor!

Please welcome Luke Olson as our new Sports Editor!

Luke Olson, a recent graduate from the Journalism program at Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR), has stepped in as the new Sports Editor – our first ever – for South King Media.  Growing up in... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Real Change is a first-rate example of a ‘street paper’

CLIFF’S EDGE: Real Change is a first-rate example of a ‘street paper’

The first item to catch my eye in this particular newspaper was a column written by the newspaper’s founding director. He is writing from a conference of “street paper” representatives from around... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: The topic is preservation of local news media

CLIFF’S EDGE: The topic is preservation of local news media

I hope Scott Schaefer is reading – or has already read – this along with you and all the others who pay attention to The B-Town Blog. (Actually, I’m pretty sure he reads each of my weekly rants... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Las Vegas shooting, journalism & local student’s experiences

CLIFF’S EDGE: Las Vegas shooting, journalism & local student’s experiences

Considering the millions of words published and voiced since the shootings last Sunday in Las Vegas, one might think we know precisely why and how they happened. But we don’t. We do know that in our... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: In defense of journalism.

CLIFF’S EDGE: In defense of journalism.

I believe my flaws are few (despite what others may claim), but one I can’t deny is that I’m not a particularly tough disciplinarian. I’m usually willing to grant anyone that second chance. That’s... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: I’m still encouraging students to go into journalism

CLIFF’S EDGE: I’m still encouraging students to go into journalism

A few years back, about the time I retired from teaching journalism, I became comfortable with a question my former newspaper colleagues would frequently ask, often from behind a sneer: Are you still... [Read more]

Meet our newest Big Picture High School Journalism Intern – Devin Otto

Meet our newest Big Picture High School Journalism Intern – Devin Otto

Please welcome our newest Intern from Burien’s Big Picture High School – Devin Otto: My name is Devin Otto, and I’m a Junior over at Big Picture High School. I’ve been working in the journalism... [Read more]

SoKing Internet Radio receives prestigious grant to create Newscasts

SoKing Internet Radio receives prestigious grant to create Newscasts

Four startups – including our very own SoKing Internet Radio – have been awarded $12,000 each in national Encore Media Entrepreneurs funding, J-Lab announced on Thursday (Feb. 5). SoKing Internet Radio... [Read more]

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…