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Media Policy Initiative

Seattle's Information Community

In May 2010 we completed the first version of our case study of Seattle's information ecology, which we submitted to the FCC alongside our comprehensive comments on the "Future of Media." Since then, we have returned to our initial analysis and incorporated feedback from individuals in government, media, and nonprofit roles to augment our original findings. We found Seattle to be a city at the forefront of change in the national media landscape. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer was the first daily metro newspaper to cease print in favor of online-only publication, and the city is served by hundreds of local and hyperlocal blogs, list-servs, and other online communication tools. The city government has been quick to adopt open practices in providing information to residents through their online portal, and national news outlets have recognized Seattle as one of the country's most connected in terms of broadband use.

Nonetheless, Seattle's information ecology is neither completely comprehensive nor wholly equitable. Digital divide problems still persist, and not all subsets of the city's population are served equally by the information provided by the city's various media. Just as the city's information ecology remains fluid and open to improvement, so too does our study, and we welcome further feedback. If you would like to suggest additions or corrections to our research, please e-mail Tom Glaisyer.

Read the report: Seattle: A digital community still in transition (See the original version here.)

We've blogged about our research process, too:

We're also adding our research to Wikipedia's entry on Seattle media and encourage others to do the same.