GeekWire’s Taylor Soper named a New Journalist of the Year

GeekWire is proud to report that staff writer Taylor Soper has been selected as one of three New Journalists of the Year by the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists — a well-deserved recognition for a key member of our team. GeekWire readers know Taylor for his constant presence on the site, posting numerous stories a day on deadline,… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Glenn Fleishman on new iPhones, The Magazine and more

Joining us this week on the GeekWire radio show: Glenn Fleishman, the longtime Seattle-based technology journalist, veteran Apple watcher, and editor/publisher of The Magazine, the popular subscription-based publication for iOS and the web. [Listen above or download the show directly via this MP3 file.] We get Glenn’s take on the new iPhones announced by Apple… Read More


Tableau makes Tableau Desktop free to investigative journalists, letting them keep projects private

Tableau Software is making its premium Tableau Desktop data visualization software free to members of the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) group, helping keep their work under wraps until it’s ready to be published. Many of these journalists have been using the free Tableau Public service, which was designed to be used with public data… Read More


Commentary: Report shines little new light on journalism woes

In the winter of 2009, Seattle was the center of a global maelstrom that has yet to bottom out: the collapse of the advertiser-supported business model that funded mainstream journalism. The Seattle P-I published its last printed edition that March after a flurry of town halls and salons where journalists, academics and news junkies tried… Read More


Two GeekWire weeks, three entrepreneurial lessons

Twice in the span of one month I did something I hadn’t done for a decade — worked in a newsroom. Those two partial weeks that I spent enfolded, tauntaun like, in the guts of GeekWire taught me more about the current state of journalism and entrepreneurship than a year of reading armchair opinions ever… Read More


Ben Huh news startup Circa raises $750K seed funding

Cheezburger Network founder Ben Huh has been uncharacteristically quiet about Circa, his online journalism startup. Now word is out that Circa has raised $750,000 in seed funding. TechCrunch reports that the seed money comes from eonCapital, Quotidian Ventures, TechStars’ David Cohen and David Tisch, Tumblr’s David Karp, Eric Norlin’s SK Ventures, Manesh Arora, Pedro Torres-Picon,… Read More

Mike Daisey

Watch the journalist who busted Mike Daisey report from Foxconn’s iPad factory

Here’s what journalism actually looks like. Hats off to Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz who follows up his truth-squadding of playwright Mike Daisey’s play, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, with this first-hand account of life at the massive Foxconn manufacturing center in China. According to Marketplace, Schmitz is only the second reporter to… Read More

P-I newspaper boxes. Photo Kurt Schlosser

Newspapers take it on the chin as online ad revenue falls into the hands of a few tech giants

Americans are spending more time consuming news, using devices such as smartphones and tablets to track events on the go. But even as news consumption rises, the traditional media companies that have produced the news aren’t necessarily benefitting. The 2012 State of the News Media report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that five… Read More


Office on the iPad? Microsoft claims ‘bad info,’ Daily stands by story, says pics are legit

Microsoft this afternoon took the unusual step of responding to The Daily’s report earlier today that Microsoft plans to bring Office to the iPad — saying the publication was “given bad info” by someone. The story, by Seattle-based tech reporter Matt Hickey, said the iPad version of the Microsoft Office suite had been finished by… Read More


Four ideas from news geeks that all geeks should know about

Nowhere does the idea that news is doomed seem more absurd than at the Online News Association conference. About 1,200 journalists, thinkers and entrepreneurs are in Boston for this year’s digital journalism pow-wow, along with popular evangelists from Facebook, Twitter and other companies eager to secure a place in journalists’ ever-expanding, ever-influencing toolbox. Already, I’m… Read More

Arrington (Randy Stewart photo)

Should startup scribe Michael Arrington invest in startups?

Michael Arrington, the flame-throwing founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, is starting his own venture capital fund. The $20 million CrunchFund includes backing from AOL — which purchased TechCrunch last year — as well as venture capitalists at firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners. TechCrunch covers many of those… Read More


Ex P-I journalists to shutter online news site Seattle PostGlobe

The Seattle PostGlobe — an online news site started two years ago by reporters who lost their jobs at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer — is closing because many of the volunteer staff have moved on to full-time jobs. In a message on the site, journalist Sally Deenan writes that the online news site encountered a number of obstacles… Read More