Neighborhood-Media.com Launches Two Additional News Operations

June 17, 2008

Neighborhood Media LLC, the parent company of FortBendNow.com, has announced the launch of two new community-based Internet news sites.

InstantNewsWestU.com is now serving residents of West University Place, while InstantNewsKaty.com is giving the Katy and Cinco Ranch areas constant access to the latest news in those communities. The two new sites represent the beginning of the expansion of the successful model created by FortBendNow.com.

The company has plans under way for additional Internet-based news operations in other areas of Houston and across Texas.

Clayton Harris, director of operations for Neighborhood-Media.com, said just as Fort Bend County turns to FortBendNow.com for the latest local news, Katy and West University residents can count on the same kind of news coverage.

“Our focus in Fort Bend has been constantly updated local news, with the launch of our new sites we are providing that same kind of hyper-local coverage for the West University Place and Katy communities,” Harris said. “Our journalists focus on what’s important to the community and then deliver it instantly through our web-based news sites.”

The key, Harris stressed, is the immediacy Internet-based neighborhood news coverage can provide.

“A lot of people have very busy schedules and need the latest news when it’s convenient for them. For those people, people who may not be able to wait until the next television newscast or until the next day or week’s newspaper, we can provide the news they need, when they need it,” Harris said.

Internet-based news also allows Neighborhood Media journalists to delve into issues that larger media outlets may not cover, Harris noted. That, coupled with having intimate knowledge of the communities they cover, gives those journalists the insight needed to cover critical local issues with the depth those issues need.

Both the West University and Katy news sites will use mobile journalists to gather news, just like FortBendNow.com. Each mobile journalist will drive a Chevy HHR mobile production vehicle armed with a laptop, PDA and video camera. The mobile journalist will be able to post news and video instantly from the neighborhoods they serve.

Jamie Mock has been put in charge of the West University site, while John Pape will take charge of the Katy operation. Both will be supported by other members of Neighborhood Media’s team of news professionals.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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