Post Alley is a news website produced by a writers’ collective of 20-50 invited participants. It is writer-driven, peer-edited, with both short items in a blog and longer stories according to the interests of the writers.
Most of the articles will focus on the Seattle region, but some local writers will report on national topics. Writers are drawn from three groups: “displaced journalists” (experienced writers who lack good outlets); experts (including academics and researchers); and “novices” (writers breaking into print or others who have not written much for publication). Publication is continuous.
Other features to be added: aggregation, podcasts, public sessions at which news is generated and debated. Short blog items will be posted directly by members, but longer stories are edited by another member of the group. The managing editor, Doug McLennan, helps schedule the articles and works on such things as headlines, illustration, and tagging. The site uses
Post Alley aims to fill some local gaps (architecture, cultural news, suburbs). It will encourage debate among heterodox writers to
The members of the collective will meet regularly, likely each two weeks, for convivial sessions to talk about story ideas, debate the progress of the site, and to entice new members. (This meets another need of local writers, who miss the lively thrust and parry of newsrooms.)
The first year will be experimental: testing out formats, writers, performative journalism in public, gauging responses. No one is paid during this test-drive. At the end of the year, Post Alley will ponder