Well here it is, my final NewsTrack!
I’ve been following The Seattle Times for a semester now. Over the past weeks I’ve been blogging about everything Seattle Times; use of social media, video production, and editorial sensitivity have all been subjects of my commentary. As a journalist, this has provided me with a wealth of examples of what professional journalism looks like. As a Seattle native, this has just been fun. Following the Times has allowed me to stay connected to what’s happening at home while I’m here in Boston (and with a city as quirky as Seattle, there’s always cool stuff going on!). In that sense, this blog served double duty as both business and pleasure.
Overall, I’ve been very satisfied with the content the Times produces. Whether they’re discussing world, national, or local issues, the articles are always well-written and bolstered by top-notch photographs. The Times also has a penchant for using interactive graphics (like the panorama in the Mt. Rainier article) that makes their articles stand out. I think including these extras online well suits the industry-wide shift from print to digital journalism. That’s another thing about the Times; online presence is something they do well. Their content works very well on the web. They’re also super active on social media- they’re even on Pinterest! Mobile users would have no trouble accessing and engaging with the organization.
The local news is always my favorite. It’s colorful and zany, just like the city itself. But It can also be serious. Most recently, the Times produced their own version of Hiroshima in their coverage of the March mudslide in Oso, WA. Since March, the Times has been interviewing survivors, rescuers, and friends and family of the deceased. The resulting articles, photos, and graphics provide a comprehensive account of the disaster that left 43 dead and dozens homeless. When I say comprehensive, I mean comprehensive. A lot of work went into this coverage. Just like Hiroshima, the Times recreates the before and after of the disaster through the eyes of those who were there. It’s definitely worth a perusal.
The Seattle Times is a tour de force of top quality journalism. Now that the semester is coming to an end, I can say that I’ve learned enough from following them to feel comfortable dipping my toes into professional journalism. Combined with what I’ve learned in class, I have more of a grasp on what journalism looks and sounds like and what I should strive to produce. So thanks, Seattle Times, it’s been a blast.