The “Sea” in “Sea Beez” comes from the “Seattle” and the “Beez” symbolizes the bees in a hive of hyperlocal news. Sea Beez will become the third website in New America Media’s ‘Beez” series for hyperlocal ethnic news. Its predecessors are the LA Beez in Los Angeles and the Nola Beez in New Orleans.
Sea Beez is an online collaboration of ethnic media organizations featuring hyperlocal news content covering the diversity in the Greater Seattle area. Some of our local media members currently in the network are:
It’s mission is to strive to empower ethnic and minority, immigrant and refugee communities by organizing capacity-building workshops and networking opportunities for local ethnic media outlets, which in turn can create stronger forums for these ethnic communities throughout Seattle.
The Sea Beez network is a project under NAM-Digital Divide Initiative, funded by The Ford Foundation. The New America Media-Digital Divide Initiative aims to assist ethnic media in improving coverage of their communities and neighbors through citizen journalism and online multimedia development. More specifically, the goals are to help this media group developing a viable, robust online presence with trained contributors who could produce stories more efficiently and comprehensively, and to open up new lines of communication among and between ethnic and immigrant communities. For more information about Sea Beez, please contact Dr. Julie Pham, media monitor in the Northwest for New America Media at (206) 723-4666 and JULIE@NVNORTHWEST.COM.