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Seattle Weekly braces for dramatic changes

Last August, the publisher of the Seattle Weekly approached the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Mark Baumgarten, and told him, "We've got to do something about the Weekly." The decline of revenue, which began after…

Ferguson movie rings true (even if you were there)

Years before white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, I was moving from Los Angeles to St. Louis. The year was 2014 and I had a somewhat less pessimistic view…

Coming soon to KOMO: More editorials from ex-Trump official

Seattle, meet Boris Epshteyn. You're about to see a lot more of him. Epshteyn is many things: a banker, a communications flack for Republican campaigns, a…

KOMO employees will take on Trump-friendly bosses

Fearing for their own reputations, local journalists are pushing back against their station's corporate owners, arguing that higher-ups push far-right content that borders on propaganda. Last…

Was KOMO just bullied into airing right-wing rhetoric?

Here's something you don't see every day on local TV news: An attack on mainstream media delivered by someone running the largest TV broadcast company in…

Trump is axing NPR, PBS money

The Trump administration plans to eliminate all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the federal budget that is expected to be released…

How one newspaper resisted internment

When September 11, 2001 occurred, some of us argued that a second date would now “live in infamy.” The first, of course, was December 7,…

Fake news: Been there, done that

It’s time for a confession: I have perpetrated fake news. In fact, I got my start as a writer doing that. And I did it…

Could Trump kill Washington’s public media?

Within hours of Donald Trump’s inauguration, rumors were already swirling that he was going to stanch government support for public media. Among PBS and NPR devotees, it…

A win for local media: The Seattle Globalist lives on

At a time when the news about the news is often discouraging, with buy-outs and layoffs continuing at local media outlets, there have been a…

Seattle media may be a ‘dumpster fire,’ but it can be saved

With the constant news of layoffs, buy-outs, and publications closing shop, it can sometimes seem like the Seattle news media is our own local contribution…

Remembering a legend in Northwest media, Phil Sturholm

  Thanks to Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, discussions have been underway about creating a standing exhibit on the rich history of Northwest TV…

Data dive: Fake Twitter followers abound in local politics, media

Like so much about Twitter, the prevalence of fake accounts on the service is a strange and mostly pointless thing to think about. But because I gravitate…

Independence Day: KPLU playing its own song

In a stunning feat, a community group has successfully purchased local NPR affiliate KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The deal was announced Tuesday…

MTV’s ‘Real World’ returns to Seattle

During “The Real World’s” first stint in Seattle, one of its many detractors made a perfectly reasonable suggestion. “If you want to show the real…

KPLU reaches its massive fundraising goal

The news director of public radio station KPLU, Erin Hennessy, came from a family of funeral home owners in Spokane. As the future of the NPR affiliate…

After time in the wilderness, urban news media is finding its way

San Franciscans have had it with homelessness. The tents and trash in the city’s green spaces. The panhandling and harassment on the sidewalks. The jobless,…

In Seattle’s media landscape, everyone’s a startup

Seattle media is being significantly reshaped, undergoing the impacts of technological disruption every bit as significant as climate change. How people get, digest and disseminate…

Halfway through #SaveKPLU, big hurdles still loom

It was impossible to ignore the irony of last Thursday. On one side of town, a panel of local media giants – including Caryn Mathes of KUOW and Mara…

A guide to engaging Seattle’s vibrant ethnic media

How does one reach the Rising American Electorate? How does she message diverse communities? How can the messages be relevant and culturally competent? For many,…

New hope for saving KPLU

After KPLU was sold last month to competitor KUOW — with no guarantees of employment for KPLU’s staff — the station’s listeners, supporters and staff cried…

An exciting new chapter for Northwest public media

Dear friends, We’re writing today with thrilling news. Yesterday, Crosscut formally agreed to join with KCTS 9 Public Television under the umbrella of a larger,…

KPLU advisory board submits its appeal to PLU

Still angered by Pacific Lutheran University’s decision to sell it’s public radio station to the University of Washington, the station’s listeners want time to raise money…

New film ‘Spotlight’ argues for journalism that can take on a system

“We’re going after the system,” says actor Liev Schriber in the new film Spotlight. Playing the new editor at the Boston Globe, Schrieber is instructing…

Public station, private owners: KPLU sold amid university’s financial struggles

Substitute KPLU with the name of an uncle or a close friend, and Monday’s meeting of the radio station’s community advisory committee would have seemed…