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A suggestion ... go see the folks at NewWest.net in Billings, Mont. They are doing amazing things with web-based journalism and community building and have a clear focus on environmentalism. From their website:

http://www.newwest.net/

640 Big Flat Road Missoula, MT 59804 406.829.1725

http://www.mediagiraffe.org/profiles/admin/index.php?action=edit&id=91

http://www.newwest.net/index.php/plain/entry/13//

New West is a network of online communities devoted to the culture, economy, politics, environment and overall atmosphere of the Rocky Mountain West. In a time of dramatic change, New West aims to serve as a nexus of dialogue and a smart guide to the news and issues that are affecting one of the greatest places on Earth. We aim to foster a bond among communities that may be distant in geography or occupation, but share common interests and hopes for the region as it wrestles with growth and change. We stand for forward thinking about the big picture and believe that citizen engagement will be instrumental in the development of the region. On our Web sites you will find commentary and original reportage on the big issues, as well as a wealth of fun and useful information on everyday matters ranging from gardening and animals to books, film and travel. You will also find places where you, the reader, can make your ideas and opinions heard through our Citizen Journalism sites. We hope you'll join us in the conversation. Our monthly print magazine will debut next year.


Jonathan Weber, Founder and Editor in Chief

Jonathan Weber, Founder and Editor in Chief

Jonathan was the co-founder and editor in chief of The Industry Standard, a weekly business news magazine and online service that rocketed to prominence in the late 1990s only to crash and burn along with the rest of the dot-com economy in 2001. He had long had ties to Montana - his first job out of college was waiting tables at Chico Hot Springs - and moved to Missoula in early 2002 to serve as a visiting professor at the University of Montana Journalism School. He quickly became fascinated by the myriad issues associated with growth and change in the region, but was also frustrated by the lack of quality media devoted to those issues. In 2004 he began to think in earnest about how the dramatic changes underway in the media world might create an opportunity for a new kind of publication about the Rocky Mountain region, and the result was New West. Jonathan has also served eight years as a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times, and was a co-founder of the Geneva-based international affairs publication World Link. The only living being happier in Missoula than Jonathan is Kaela, his one-eyed Norwegian Elkhound mix and veteran media mascot.

Reach Jonathan at jonathan@newwest.net

Courtney Lowery, Managing Editor

Courtney, a former Lee Newspapers and Associated Press writer and editor, has spent the last five years (all of her writing career, not counting jr. high diaries) covering Montana politics, environmental issues, forest fires, agriculture, and even the music scene. Most recently, she worked as an editor for The Associated Press in Omaha, Nebraska but decided she couldn.t last long without mountains and came running back to Montana to start New West. Her connection to the West stems from the emotional attachment to land she developed as a girl growing up on a farm near the Rocky Mountain Front. She thinks of her home as not only the place where she was raised, but also the place that actually raised her. It is from that intimate vantage point that she has watched the West in its economic, cultural and environmental evolution. She hopes New West will become a place where people like her can come to better understand and cultivate their connection to place . all while she explores it herself.

Reach Courtney at courtney@newwest.net

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