Shoreline Area News partners with The Seattle Times

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

ShorelineAreaNews has joined the group of regional blogs partnering with the Seattle Times.  The arrangement is not contractual, but a friendly, working agreement.  The Times will expedite permission for blogs to use staff photos and some other resources, and the blogs will let the Times know when there is breaking news in their region.

In addition, the bloggers are all in contact with each other, with the ability to share local news across boundaries.  The SAN has already made contact, through the Times, with the MyEdmondsNews blog and the MountlakeTerraceNews blog.

The goals of the partnership include:
  • Enhancing communication between the respective sites and The Times to share news tips and perhaps collaborate on news gathering.
  • Linking to and promoting stories on partner sites when it helps fill coverage holes.
  • Exploring tools that might enhance advertising opportunities across the partner sites.
  • Learning about how such a partnership benefits the respective sites.
Editor Diane Hettrick says, "It's helpful to talk to other people who are doing the same thing you are. I've already gotten a lot of technical assistance from one of the new partners. And I'm planning to ask immediately for a nifty aerial shot of Point Wells that I saw in the Times. The SAN budget doesn't cover helicopter rentals."


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