New News event in Seattle

I am in Seattle today attending Day 1 of the Journalism That Matters event: “Re-Imagining News & Community in the Pacific Northwest,” which runs from today through Sunday.

Twitter hashtag: #jtmpnw, and I’m @jessdrkn.

This “un-conference” intends to explore new relationships between journalism and communities. This event is unlike traditional events or conferences with line-ups of experts telling attendess what they are doing — this is about attendees talking to each other.

I am hosting a table for my website on hyperlocal and community news start-ups,, and for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, of which I’m a director.

Seattle and the Northwest has become a hotbed of community/hyperlocal startup activity.  Some participants at this event are:

  • Seattle City Club
  • The B-Town Blog (from Burien)
  • The Salish Sea Network
  • The Tyee
  • West Seattle Blog
  • Xconomy
  • YES! Magazine

Other event attendees setting up their tables alonside me in the commons area are:

  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • Cascadia Times
  • Common Language Project
  • Countywide Community Forums
  • Department of Commnications, University of Washington
  • Instivate
  • Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in Democracy
  • KUOW Public Insight Network
  • LocalHealthGuide/Seattle
  • Master of Communication in Digital Media, U of W
  • Media Island International
  • Natural Oregon
  • News 21
  • Pedro De Valdivia — an artist who uses trash or discarded items for his Modern-Ecoism work
  • Reclaim the Media
  • Seattle Times
  • Sustainable Seattle
  • Washington Coalition for Open Government
  • Washington News Council

Jessica Durkin is the founder of, a site that tracks independent community, local and regional news start-ups. She is interested in entrepreneurial journalism and the new paradigm. She is the mid-atlantic director (Region 3) of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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