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The rebirth of the Neptune Theatre

June 3rd, 2011 by master

It came as sad news to many that the Neptune Theatre would be closing its doors. As one of the few remaining independent movie houses in the city, it was an iconic mainstay in our ever-changing world. The old building has been saved from the wrecking ball, but former employees think the closure could have been prevented. Nonetheless, the Neptune will continue on with a new focus.

Students from the UW Entrepreneurial Journalism class, taught by our partners at the Common Language Project, take a look at the closure and future of the Neptune Theater.

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Codes to Dive By

May 17th, 2011 by master

With the cost of food going up, one group of Seattleites has figured out how to eat every meal for free. They call themselves “freegans,” more commonly known to outsiders as “dumpster divers.” As one freegan says, “People think that food that goes in the garbage is bad.” They disagree. But it’s not just about sifting through garbage, they also forage for food in urban areas.

Students from the UW Entrepreneurial Journalism class, taught by our partners at the Common Language Project, talk with these freegans who say they “eat like kings” on a daily basis.

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Nickelsville: A City on the Move

May 3rd, 2011 by master

Nickelsville, the roaming tent city in Seattle, is facing another move. Just last year they were in the University District before heading to Lake City. Now the nearly 100 residents are preparing for what could be their final move.

Students from the UW Entrepreneurial Journalism class take a look at who the Nickelodeons are, what they’re looking for and the anticipation of the move.

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No more self-contained classrooms for Seattle Schools

April 18th, 2011 by master

A few years ago, changes were made to the English Language Learner (ELL, formerly ESL) program in Seattle Public Schools. These changes have taken non-native speakers out of one classroom and put them in the traditional classroom with native English speakers. Our sister site, MyWallingford, has more on these changes and how they’re affecting students and teachers at Hamilton International Middle School.

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Seattle grapples with redefining graffiti

November 11th, 2010 by master

It’s the question that always spurs heated conversation.  Is graffiti vandalism or art?  A recent survey showed Seattle residents are almost evenly divided on the issue.  Now, there’s a push to start a photo database to track graffiti and amend the city’s municipal code to include stickers.

With the help of the nonprofit Common Language Project and communications students at the University of Washington, we take a closer look at the graffiti issue through the eyes of the people tracking it, cleaning it up, and making it.

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Crime prevention coordinators face layoffs

October 19th, 2010 by master

Unless the budget changes, three of the seven crime prevention coordinators in Seattle will lose their jobs. As for the remaining four coordinators, including the one serving the U-District, no one is sure if they’ll be forced to cut back on their hours or cover larger areas to fill the holes.

Crime prevention coordinators, civilian employees in the Seattle Police Department, work directly with residents doing everything from setting up block watches to going door to door to warn about recent crimes. They’d been part of the police budget up until last October, when the positions then became paid for with federal grant money that runs out in the spring.

With the help of the nonprofit Common Language Project and communications students at the University of Washington, we take a closer look at what the loss of these coordinators could mean to our neighborhoods.

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After the Arson

May 4th, 2010 by master

One day after our sister site Phinneywood was honored with the SPJ award for its coverage of the devastating Greenwood arsons, we’re proud to roll out the fourth in a series of stories partnering Next Door Media sites with the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of the University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class. “After the Arson” takes a closer look at what happened in the aftermath of the Greenwood fires and the people still dealing with the fallout today. In addition to the story, this student project also includes two videos. Click here to read “After the Arson.”

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The Homeless Neighbor

April 29th, 2010 by master

Seattle’s homeless population stretches far beyond downtown.  North Seattle residents and businesses are also struggling to deal with the issue.  To see how the community is trying to find a balance, we take you to the streets of Ballard for a raw and compelling look at the problem. 

 The Homeless Neighbor is the third in a series of stories partnering Next Door Media sites with the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class.  One of the authors of this story is Christian Caple, the editor of this new neighborhood site U District Daily.  We invite you to take a look.

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