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Another interesting university partnership

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The independently-run student newspaper at the University of Washington, The Daily, is partnering with a network of local news sites to create a hyperlocal site to cover the University District neighborhood.

“Our partnership with Next Door Media serves the mission of The Daily in multiple ways,” said Kristin Mills, publisher of The Daily. “It allows student journalists from The Daily to develop the new media skills they need to be competitive. It provides a real business model that allows for enterprise in our student advertising and marketing department. Plus, we have an opportunity to serve our community with real-time information.” (Next Door Media groundbreaking partnership)

The “About Us’ page of the new news site, The UDistrict Daily, explains that the project is a collaboration with editorial and advertising students, updated daily, using WordPress MU. I don’t see any formal relationship with any faculty or courses at the university.

It will be another interesting experiment to watch. What experiences will students get working on this site that they don’t get working on a campus newspaper? How will the neighborhood be better served? Will anyone systematically study the partnership to learn for future experiments?

Written by Donica

April 27th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Posted in Community,J-Students

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