No News Is Bad News Event #2 tonight

I’ve been remiss about reminding everyone about our second No News Is Bad News event, which will be tonight at 7pm in Bertha Landes Room of Seattle City Hall. Yes, tonight. Told you I was remiss.

So here’s the press release we’ve been distributing. If you’re not doing church, tweetups, or the Slog Happy Hour tonight, please swing on by.

Making It Work: Journalism and Our
Flying Car Future

WHAT: “No News is Bad News — Making It Work: Journalism and Our Flying Car Future,” a community-sponsored town hall discussion on current and near-term models for journalism success in a post-newspaper framework.

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2009, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bertha Knight Landes Reception Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., entrance on 5th Avenue, downtown Seattle.

SPONSOR: Jean Godden, Seattle City Council member and former journalist.

TRANSIT/PARKING: A map showing parking and bus routes near City Hall (the block marked by the green arrow) is here.

SEATING: Admission is free.

Following up on its first community event in February, No News is Bad News now turns the focus to what business models are working or show promise to support journalism in a post-newspaper framework. We've gathered a panel of Seattle innovators who will talk about their experiences in finding and filling news niches, gaining relevance with readers, and showing advertisers the power of local.

The event is free and open to everyone. Free registration is encouraged.

No News is Bad News will feature a panel of speakers, but the focus of the event is on listening to feedback
from the community. Attendees should arrive expecting to be part of a discussion where they can share their concerns and comments. Following the event, a summary of the proceedings will be published online and shared with the community.

For more information about the event, visit, or contact Dylan Wilbanks at


The panel will be moderated by Cory Bergman, MSNBC, an expert on the future of local media through and

Other panelists will include:

Tracy Record of West Seattle Blog: Record is the editor and co-publisher of , the Seattle area's first financially self-sustaining online-only neighborhood-news operation, the only 24/7 news source for the city's biggest neighborhood. She founded WSB in
late 2005 and has been working on it full time since late 2007, when she and co-publisher/husband Patrick Sand decided to try to make a go of it as a business. Tracy also spent more than 20 years in TV news — receiving 3 Emmy Awards along the way — and 2 years with the Walt Disney Internet Group, in roles including executive producer of
She's also been a radio news director, newspaper reporter/editor, and even a disco-radio DJ.

Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade: Khoo is the director of business development of Penny Arcade, the show director for
PAX (the largest consumer gaming show in the United States), and is the managing director" for Child's Play, the largest gamer-charity in the world.

Mike Davidson of Newsvine: Davidson is the founder and CEO of Newsvine, which was recently acquired by He invented sIFR, a technology which has enabled tens of thousands of designers to beautify the web with tens of thousands of typefaces; led the redesign of, the first major media site to support web standards, in 2003; and appears adjacent to Leonardo DiCaprio in their 3rd grade yearbook. Mike has no tolerance for the intolerance of imperfection on the web.

Scott Durham of Central District News and Instivate: Durham is the founder of Instivate, a Seattle start-up providing local news and advertising services, and publisher of, a news and information Web site serving Seattle's Central District neighborhoods.

Rita Hibbard of InvestigationsWest: Hibbard is a former assistant managing editor for news of the Seattle P-I who led a high performing newsroom to national recognition and was instrumental in its transition from print-focused
to digitally driven. As direct editor of the investigative team, her reporters covered issues from corrupt cops to clear cutting Boy Scouts to government officials whose cronyism cost military families housing and taxpayers millions of dollars. Rita is a leader of InvestigationsWest, a new effort to preserve the investigative, narrative, and enterprising core of journalism. With her team, Rita seeks to find new ways to tell the defining stories of the West and engage new audiences in enhancing democracy and community.

Kery Murakami of the Seattle Bulldog: Murakami, formerly a reporter at the Seattle Times and the Seattle P-I, is part of a group of former P-I employees working to start an online news organization in Seattle.

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