Ep. 33: Life and Death in the Seattle/Tacoma Media Market -- Neal Morton, Seattle Times and Sean Robinson, the News Tribune


Neal Morton: Seattle Times K-12 Reporter, School Finance, and Ed Lab Baller, Nevada Native and PNW Explorer

Sean Robinson: Pierce County Council, Government, Crime, Justice, Investigative Super-Sleuth Gumshoe Reporter

Sinclair Broadcasting is the number one owner of media and is shaping our perceptions. We are in a period of transition. The Internet is ascendant. Radio is full of awful conglomerates. Newspapers are struggling. Our story begins here.

5:00 Sean discusses reporting on crime. More lasting than other kinds of stories

6:00 Current State of Affairs in Media? How does it compare with other parts of the country?

8:30 Discussing the Mike Rosenberg Tweet: The Times cut 24 jobs. KOMO cut 10 jobs. NBC shut Seattle based breaking news. Seattle PI is down to 6 people.

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12:00 How are reporters evaluated? How is your effectiveness as a  journalist measured?

16:00 What is it about the Times that you do community engagement events all the time? Readers have a relationship with the paper.

24:00 A discussion of consolidation within US and local media.


37:00 Who are some talented up and coming newsroom persons of color?

40:00 What does the future look like for journalism students?

44:00 Comparing Teacher salaries versus Journalist Salaries.

49:00 How can we support local papers?

51:00 How do we get quality, credible news online without a paywall?


The Five:

  1. Whose byline excites you?
  2. Give a letter grade to the national media.
  3. (Two part question)
  4. What is a story you wish you could cover (given infinite time and resources?)
  5. What is one book every listener should read?



Sinclair Media

John Oliver Sinclair Media



Seattle Times

Tacoma News Tribune


Going Further

Seattle Times: Newsroom is Shrinking

Mike Rosenberg Tweet

The Making of an American Nazi by Luke O'Brien



Ryan Clark

Dahlia Bazzaz

Corinne Chin

Erica L Green, NY Times

Luke O'Brien, The Atlantic


Books We Discussed

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Eric Larson

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power by Andrew Nagorski

Richard II by William Shakespeare


Next #NerdFarmReads Selection

We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang



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