Media: New NYT-WNYC Site To Cover New York City
The NYT and WNYC (New York public radio) are joining forces to start a new education site called SchoolBook (@SchoolBook) which it describes as a "comprehensive resource and online forum for parents, teachers, administrators, and experts." It kicks off September 7. Like InsideSchools, one of the first NYC-focused education sites, it will include a page for each of the city's public schools -- and the 800 private schools -- as well as lots of data. Like GothamSchools it will inlude journalistic reporting and breaking news.
At the Times, Jodi Rudoren is the education editor and Mary Ann Giordano will edit the page. She's also the editor of The Local. Presumably Anna Phillips will be the main reporter providing content to the page. At WNYC, John Keefe is the senior producer of news and Beth Fertig will be a major contributor. There's lots more to learn but but SchoolBook sounds intriguing -- if it works. Some previous versions of this kind of thing -- GreatSchools comes to mind -- didn't really take off as much as expected. I'd love to know how the pageviews, workload, and the revenues (if there are any) will be shared, and how much new content will actually be created as opposed to repurposing of regular WNYC / NYT reporting.