The premise of the event was ... well, I don't remember. But, what it became was a chance for 150ish journalists and a few of their subjects to come together in one room, talk about the state of the industry, pontificate on how we got where we are and who's to blame, and toss around ideas for how to save QUALITY JOURNALISM (not necessarily ink and paper). West Seattle Blog, perhaps more than any other voice in the room, is demonstrating an idea, a business model, and a way to preserve local journalism. They have skin in the game. They're making it work. They're not just talking about it, they're doing it. And doing it well. But they're not saying they've found the digital news solution, either. They've found something that works in West Seattle, not necessarily the rest of the country or even the city.There's talk of a second "No News Is Bad News" forum, and if I had my druthers, all we'd do would be talk to upstarts like WSB and Capitol Hill Seattle, about the challenges of starting an upstart news organizations. Perhaps a few readers and ad-buyers could be on hand, too, so we could hear what readers and advertisers value in their daily paper, and what the rest of us can do to accommodate, and finance quality journalism. And how we can work together.
More thoughts from last night's situation:
-- Angela Dice: "Much was said at last night's No News Is Bad News town-hall style meeting in Seattle -- except good suggestions for new models."
-- Seattlest: It's the End of the News Hole as We Know It
-- And a hell of a lot of tweets