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Magnolia Voice

Posted by jessdrkn on January 19, 2010

Location: Seattle 

Focus: “Daily news for Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood”; information categories include Events, Restaurant, Forums, Coupons

Started: July 2008

Staff: run by journalists Kate and Cory Bergman, who started and founded Next Door Media

Funding: advertising; part of Next Door Media community news and advertising network. Next Door Media network of neighborhood sites include,,,, and The group partners with the Seattle Times in a content-sharing deal


From About:

Magnolia is still small enough that it is likely you will know the name of your Bartell’s checker, the guy at the post office and the kid who just started working at Thriftway.  Magnolia is family focused but there are also many apartments and a growing number of condos and townhomes attracting a younger crowd. is brought to you by the folks behind and, two next door neighborhoods. Magnolia Voice is dedicated to becoming the neighborhood’s community news source. We look to our readers to help us cover the news from the neighborhood with tips and comments. We want to be a spot where you can share your thoughts and ideas as we debate the issues that are important to all of us.

We’ve lived in Magnolia for over 20 years and we feel pretty connected to our little burg.  We both work in the communications world, and to be honest, we are pretty naturally nosy.   Hence the names Gladys and Abner for the famous nosy neighbors on the TV series Bewitched.

Sample stories: “Lane closures on area bridges”; “Home burglary update from SPD (Seattle Police Department)”; “Tina the dog recovering: Coyote sightings continue”; “Reps. Dickerson and Carlyle to host telephone-town hall”

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West Seattle Blog

Posted by jessdrkn on October 11, 2009

Location: Seattle  westseattleblog

Focus: municipal, neighbhorhood news in West Seattle neighborhoods, including accidents, crime, local information; links to West Seattle bloggers; calendar listings; traffic cams; public forums; collaborates with Seattle Times on community coverage

Started: 2005 as casual community observation blog; 2007, news concentration, began accepting advertising

Staff: 2-person startup - co-publishers Tracy Record, editor, and Patrick Sand, business development director (“the sales guy”); 6 contributing reporters

Funding: advertising


From About

We started this in late 2005 with the intention of it just being a little place where we could spout our observations about what’s happening in our rapidly changing community. In the early months, it was a lot more personal, written first person, with a lot more opinion. Then something unexpected started to happen — we began to hear from West Seattle residents looking for information they couldn’t find anywhere else, particularly during the December 2006 windstorm and ensuing days of powerlessness, when thousands of us were sitting in cold dark homes without any official information on when our electricity would be restored. That was a turning point for us, toward a focus more on community news and information, updated frequently, and throughout 2007, and now on into 2008, that focus intensifies day by day.

Sample stories: “Update: Car hits pole, SW Barton closed west of Westwood Village”; ”Video: Human, canine volunteers finish up new Westcrest feature”; “Next chance to help library supporters fight more budget cuts”


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