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Portland Afoot
Portland-based transportation advocacy
PORTLAND, OREGON — In a culture where the car is often the primary mode of transportation, the web/print hybrid Portland Afoot has set out to inform Portland citizens about the wide world of transportation alternatives. After leaving his job as a reporter for The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash., founder Michael Andersen felt that he could attract a devoted audience for a new journalism venture by providing locally focused coverage of an under-reported niche topic. In June of 2010, Andersen established Portland Afoot in response to what he believed to be a gross deficit of accessible information about regional transit options. Stories might include features on efficient cross-town bike routes, reporting on transit cuts, or even a piece about a pedicab entrepreneur who traveled from Portland to Chile using buses and other forms of public transportation.
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Name: Portland Afoot
City: Portland
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Principle Staff: Michael Andersen, founder and editor-in-chief.
Affiliations: Portland in the Round
CMS: MediaWiki (for the online guide) and Wordpress (for the site blog and marketing pages).
CJR on Portland Afoot:
12/14/10: We Are Not Alone: News Startup Community-Building - Michael Andersen and Barry Johnson
12/07/10: The Sweet Smell of Failure (Or Success) At a News Startup - Michael Andersen and Barry Johnson
11/30/10: Startup Rocket Science - Technical specs for a modern journalism business - Michael Andersen and Barry Johnson
11/23/10: How to Tackle the Sales Demon - Michael Andersen and Barry Johnson
11/16/10: Why Journalists are Terrible at Time Management - Michael Andersen and Barry Johnson
11/09/10: Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon - Two news entrepeneurs explain why they struck out on their own - Michael Andersen and Barry Johnson
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