The Trentonian Launches Homicide Watch Partnership
Site Will Cover Every Homicide From Crime to Conviction
New York, NY (September 24, 2012) – Digital First Media, which operates MediaNews Group, Journal Register Company and Digital First Ventures, today announced a partnership between The Trentonian and Homicide Watch.
The partnership marks the first time Homicide Watch has licensed software to a media partner to carry on the sites’ mission statement to: “Mark every death. Remember every victim. Follow every case.”
“Traditional crime reporting has been a ‘just the facts’ approach. This partnership goes beyond the names, time and location of the crime and delivers context,” said Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief of Digital First Media.
“Homicide Watch is known for covering every homicide from crime to conviction and Trenton deserves that level of commitment and The Trentonian – through this partnership – is making that commitment,” said Mr. Brady.
Homicide Watch was founded in Washington, D.C. by Laura and Chris Amico. The pair focused on community-driven reporting to cover every murder in the nation’s capital by using original reporting, court documents and social media to cover every homicide in the city.
The Trenton-focused Homicide Watch site features a database of all homicide victims including photos, profiles, related stories and a section for comments. The site also features a homicide map, a suspects’ page, photo galleries and a section dedicated to arrest and court documents.
“We believe this is a model that can work in any community where people are looking for a better way to understand and talk about violent crime,” said Chris Amico. “Homicide affects so many people beyond those who show up in most news stories, and this platform provides newsrooms new tools and methods to better include new voices.”
About Homicide Watch DC
Homicide Watch DC is part of a growing network of Homicide Watch sites across the United States. Homicide Watch DC was recognized as a notable entry in the 2011 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism, was named an “Open Gov Champion” by the Sunlight Foundation, and has been covered by publications such as Nieman Lab, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Atlantic.
About Digital First Media
Digital First Media (www.DigitalFirstMedia.com) is headquartered in New York City, and jointly manages MediaNews Group and Journal Register Company. Digital First Media reaches 61.5 million Americans each month through more than 800 multi-platform products across 18 states.
About MediaNews Group, Inc.
MediaNews Group, Inc. (www.medianewsgroup.com) is the nation’s second largest newspaper company as measured by circulation, with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. MediaNews Group and its affiliated companies publish 57 daily newspapers and more than 100 non-daily publications in 11 states.
About Journal Register Company
Journal Register Company is a leader in local news and information in 10 states. The Company’s more than 350 multi-platform products reach an audience of 21 million people each month. For more information visit the company website at www.JournalRegister.com.
About Digital First Ventures
Digital First Ventures (DFV) is focused on helping media entrepreneurs incubate, accelerate and validate their start-up companies in the news, content, sales and audience development space. As a division of Digital First Media – which operates more than 800 media products serving 61.5 million customers each month and annual revenues of more than $1.4 billion – DFV is ideally suited to accelerate value creation for media start-ups.
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Vice President Media Relations & Employee Communications
Digital First Media