Seattle 911—A Great Beat Blog
– Seattle 911 is considered a beat blog, because it focuses on a very specific niche. Inthis case that niche is crime in the city of Seattle, Washington.
-This blog has created community around the content it posts. People share the stories that go up on the blog via Twitter and Facebook. There is also commenting that occurs on each story using Facebook.
– Something this blog does well that student journalists and media creators can take away from viewing it is that they tie social media into every post. The option to share content is embedded in every post. They make it easy for people to spread their posts.
– Seattle 911 does a good job of localizing content. Their posts include maps to showSeattle residents where crimes occurs.
– Another thing the blog does well is that it streamlines information. It is not an extremely flashy looking blog but it makes content easy to digest. Something the blog needs to do differently is that it should not allow any of its advertisements to expand to a full screen view when people first get to the site.
– This blog is changing the game by putting slide share style photo albums in their posts.
– They use lots of visuals in their post as well as text which makes posts easier to read.
-This blog has security camera video from crimes. This is interesting to watch.
Posted on February 23, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged beat blog, blog, Crime, crowdsourcing, journalism, open sourcing, Pro-am Journalism, Seattle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.