We are very excited to announce that MLTnews has formed a partnership with the Seattle Times. Today MLTnews, as well as five other neighborhood news sites, are joining the likes of MyBallard.com, CapitolHillSeattle.com and WestSeattleBlog.com by participating in a partnership originated with a grant by American University’s J-Lab. The partnership aims to explore how established media companies can work together with neighborhood news sites.
It is great to see a large media organization want to work with neighborhood news sites rather than competing, which is how many other media organizations see it. The key thing about this partnership is collaboration. The hope is that through MLTnews and the Seattle Times working together, you will get better coverage of what’s happening in Mountlake Terrace.
This is by no means a takeover of MLTnews. MLTnews will remain completely independent and run by Mountlake Terrace residents. It is you, MLT residents, who make this site a success by writing stories, sending in tips and spreading the word about MLTnews to your neighbors.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.
Here is the announcement from the Seattle Times or you can find it at theSeattleTimes.com:
The Seattle Times is expanding its partnerships with local news Web sites with the addition of six more sites today. That brings the total number or partner Web sites to 19. (See the complete list, along with their latest headlines.)
Partnering with The Times today are:
- Aurora | Seattle, and editor Ben Katt
- Beacon Hill Blog, and editors Wendi Dunlap and Jason Simpson
- Eastlake Ave. Blog and editor Curt Milton
- Kirkland Views and editor Rob Butcher
- MLTnews.com and editor Dustin DeKoekkoek
- Redmond Neighborhood Blog and editor Bob Yoder
The Times also announces new topic blog partners, including:
- Seattle Beer News and editor Geoff Kaiser
- Three Sheets Northwest and editors Deborah Bach and Marty McOmber
“We’re thrilled to welcome these new partners to our network of quality sources for neighborhood and specialized news,” said David Boardman, executive editor of The Times and Seattletimes.com. “Together, we can offer this region depth and breadth of coverage that none of us could provide alone.”
The Times’ effort to build community-news relationships began last August with the launch of the Networked Journalism project. Read about that project here.
The other partner sites are: