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seattle's best outlets for community input into the media are through its public radio stations

Seattle has one large daily newspaper, The Seattle Times, since the extinction of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in March 2009. It is a hybrid between a McClatchy chain paper and a family owned dynasty (Blethen). While there is some support for investigative and in-depth journalism and the current editor is an advocate of net neutrality, the business model for this newspaper limits the ability for any kind of wide scale community forums and feedback, though there is an opportunity to respond via internet blogs on most stories.

Radio is a better avenue for community participation, as two large public radio stations, KUOW-FM and KPLU-FM, both listener supported, have good news staffs and public affairs programming. There are a few other smaller publicly funded radio stations that also provide an outlet for local and community produced programs. These programs are available over the internet and in HD as well and the websites on these stations are interactive. Talk radio in Seattle has a variety of outlets with all ends of the political spectrum represented.

Commercial television is probably the least accessible medium to the public. With the exception of the local PBS station, KCTS-TV, all other stations are corporate owned. With the switch to digital programming, not much locally produced programs have surfaced. KCTS-TV produces a few quality public affairs programs on its own, but compared to 20 years ago, it is a small slice. The FOX, CBS, NBC and ABC local affiliates have almost no outlet for community produced programs. The so-called "news" programs are often shameless plugs for reality TV programs that are aired on the affiliates and while some investigative journalism is done on a couple of the networks, compared again to 20 years ago, independently produced documentaries and thought provoking issue-driven programs are pretty much absent. While these stations run websites that supposedly elicit viewer interaction, the stories and links posted are more of purpose to give these stations profiles on who is using the websites and to target advertisers into that demographic. The local PBS website

The Seattle area possesses a sophisticated computer savvy audience that produces a wide array of issue driven blogs and locally produced cable programs. Forums on the media are generally well attended as well.

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