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Will Olympia continue to have more ‘clean jobs’ than larger areas such as Spokane?

November 30, 2011

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Governing.com posted a “clean jobs” database based on a study by the Brookings Institute and the Batelle Technology Partnership.  The Olympia metropolitan statistical area possesses 6,807 clean jobs, well above Spokane’s 3,935, Bellingham’s 2,119 and Bremerton’s 949. Seattle-Tacoma tallied 31,340, compared to Portland-Vancouver’s 27,489. So what, per chance, is a clean job? You can get all […]

What’s strategy behind occupation of legislative chambers?

November 30, 2011

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I’m uneasy about the way that the Occupy movement has engaged legislators this week. As an example of the narrative being presented in the news media, check out Austin Jenkins’ report for public radio and Crosscut. In saying this I need to admit that my day job has been so time-intensive that I’ve not made […]

What does a journalism-education convergence look like?

November 29, 2011

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Before the advent of newspaper comment threads I switched from being a journalist to a teacher. In the first class I taught, I asked students to read and discuss a series of newspaper articles. I was shocked to see how little they engaged the substance of the readings. The problem wasn’t that most of the […]

Is Internet surfing an addiction?

November 28, 2011

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How many of us tend to surf the intertubes as an escape? What would a public affairs website be like that didn’t try to feed that addiction (re: slow news)?

Olympia, Washington is a long way from Columbus, Ohio — or is it?

November 28, 2011

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“‘We need people to stay here, and to come here,’ Kathleen Clyde tells me over coffee back in Columbus. This is a battleground state. It’s the heart of the country, geographically—nay, spiritually—and the next presidential election probably won’t be won without it. But, as Clyde says, ‘Who’s gonna wanna move here?’ At 32, Democratic state Rep. Clyde […]

The Seattle Times’ thread is smarter and more civil than The Olympian’s

November 27, 2011

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The Seattle Times hasn’t just outsmarted The Olympian with its state budget editorials, but also in the quality of its comment threads. As a case in point, today’s Olympian’s comment thread to its budget editorial suffers from two problems. First, it is once again dominated by a small group of right-wing regulars who do not reflect […]

Seattle Times’ editorials outshine The Olympian’s on state budget

November 26, 2011

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In the long run the only thing that may save The Olympian from becoming a zoned edition of The News Tribune is state capital coverage that online readers throughout Washington come to depend upon. Yet all too often The Olympian lets the Seattle Times steal its thunder. As a case in point, check out the Times‘ […]

‘Participatory journalism’ is transforming newspapers . . . sort of

November 25, 2011

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A book-length study of 10 nations found that newspapers view participatory journalism in surprisingly similar ways. “Participatory Journalism” co-author and University of British Columbia Associate Professor Alfred Hermida stated in an interview with The Canadian Journalism Project that “there was consistency of use, and consistency of practices, in terms of how journalists and editors viewed the role […]

Jacob Needleman: Why we get so little meaning from our public arguments

November 25, 2011

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“We live in a very complicated, high-tech society that gives us Facebook and Twitter, yet leaves us longing for real human connection. . . . Television appeals to the lowest common denominator by portraying social and political debates as people shouting at each other. Everyone on TV exercises his or her right to express dogmatic beliefs […]

Should crass consumption save state from deeper cuts?

November 25, 2011

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Newspapers heavily depend upon advertising to stay afloat. The purpose of advertising is to get people into your store. Black Friday is really important to most retailers. At least on the web The Olympian gave its Black Friday story banner-headline status. Of course, one must capture the sheer enthusiasm of our dedicated shoppers. “We’re going to buy TVs and […]

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