Thursday Media Tours

Participants should meet at the media tour desk at the time listed. End times are the approximate time participants will return to the convention hotel. Transportation to media tours will be provided by JEA and NSPA and is included in the price. An Off-site Permission Form is required for each student attending a media tour.

Cascade Public Media • FULL
9:45-11:15 a.m. Limit 12.
If your school runs a multimedia website, or if you wish you did, come tour Cascade Public Media’s multimedia news site, “What’s Good 206”, geared toward millennials. Managing producer Stacey Jenkins and one of her emerging multi-media journalists will speak about careers in new journalism and what it’s like to work in public media. Perhaps you will benefit from their expertise.

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 12:45-2:15 p.m. Limit 25 each.
Take a peek inside KING-TV’s new headquarters, with some of the coolest and most interesting technology in the Pacific Northwest. The city’s NBC affiliate features a giant Microsoft Surface Hub, making it feel more like a tech startup than a TV news station. Inside the studio, which faces the home plate entrance to Safeco Field, robotic cameras can swivel around to create four separate sets. You’ll be amazed by this technological newsroom!

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Limit 10.
KUOW radio is committed to high quality, locally produced public–service programming. KUOW is a founding member of NPR, and affiliate of Public Radio International. Their mission is to “create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.” KUOW supports student journalists by providing a hands-on internship for teens interested in broadcast called RadioActive.

North Creek printing facility • $20
2:15-4:30 p.m. and 3:15-5:30 p.m. Limit 30 each.
Take a tour of The Seattle Times’ printing facility, which includes following the newspapers “hot off the press” through their packaging center and out the door to the trucks. One of the most popular parts of the tour is watching the robots pick up enormous rolls of newsprint and move them to the press.

Pacific Publishing Co. • $20
9:45-11:15 a.m. Limit 20.
High schools all over the Pacific Northwest are familiar with Pacific Publishing Co.’s printing services, but few know their expertise comes from the fact that they run three community newspapers, serving some of Seattle’s most affluent neighborhoods with quality, award-winning journalism. Listen to those who both create papers and print them for others.

Real Change • FULL
9:30-11:30 a.m. Limit 10.
Real Change, an award-winning weekly newspaper, provides both employment opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people by taking action for economic, social and racial justice. By taking on local governments and agencies, Real Change works to build a just, caring and inclusive community, where people are no longer marginalized by racism and classism and have the means to live with dignity. A visit to their newsroom provides an understanding that honest, earnest reporting still makes a real difference in people’s lives.

Safeco Field • FULL
9:30-11:30 Limit 35.
Take a tour of Safeco Field, the home of the Seattle Mariners with Safeco Field Tours. Open and operating since 1999, the iconic building is a pillar of the Seattle skyline and waterfront, located in the SoDo neighborhood. The 19.59 acre outdoor ballpark features real grass, a retractable roof and the largest videoboard in Major League Baseball. The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes and is wheelchair accessible.

Seattle Channel • FULL
9:30-11:30 Limit 15.
Seattle Channel is an award-winning municipal television station that reflects, informs and inspires the community it serves with a local mix of news, analysis, stories and perspectives you won’t find anywhere else. Its programming includes series and special features highlighting the diverse civic and cultural landscape of Seattle, as well as live government meetings and press conferences, in-depth weekly arts coverage, weekly news/lifestyle magazine show and community features. There also are panel discussions and interviews with local leaders and national figures, including best-selling authors.

The Seattle Times • FULL
8:30-10:30. Limit 20.
Visit the newsroom of the largest newspaper in Washington state. Founded by the Blethen family in 1896, The Seattle Times is the winner of 10 Pulitzer Prizes and reaches more adults in the Northwest than any other local media. Those attending this tour need to fill out the waiver found on the convention website and bring it with them.

The Stranger • FULL
12:30-2:15 p.m. Limit 15.
Take a tour of Seattle’s free weekly alternative arts and culture newspaper. Founded in 1991 by Tim Keck, who had previously co-founded the satirical newspaper The Onion, this local paper is distributed to local businesses, newsstands, and newspaper boxes free of charge every week. The Stranger also produces a blog called SLOG. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

UW Daily • FULL
9:40-11:50 a.m. Limit 15.
Since 1891, The Daily, the student-run newspaper of the University of Washington has been one of the most awarded college newspapers in the United States. Published in print twice weekly and online the other three days, the Daily’s staff also works in preparing multimedia content for, The Daily video broadcasts, digital versions of special editions for tablets, available through the iTunes and Google Play stores, and podcasts.