Watershed Post

TaglineNews and environmental reporting for the Catskills
Year Founded2010
Type or CoverageGeneral
Type or CoverageHyperlocal
Type or CoverageScience
StateNew York
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Revenue SourcesGrants
Institutional SupportFord Foundation
Institutional SupportOther Foundation
Staff Size (Business)1
Staff Size (Editorial)1
Active Volunteers1-10
AffiliationsInternational Women’s Media Foundation’s Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Digital News Frontier
Mappin LocationDelhi - New York
Principal StaffLissa Harris
Principal StaffJulia Reischel
DescriptionThe Watershed Post an online news source for five counties in upstate New York made a splash last fall with its real-time coverage of widespread flooding that swept one woman to her death in the Neversink River. Its editors call this back country in the Catskill Mountains a “news desert” mostly bereft of local media coverage but one of the area’s defining features is its invaluable wetness: the rivers and reservoirs that feed water to New York City. “The population is rural and quirky but the watershed means everybody has a lot in common politically and even culturally” says Julia Reischel who co-founded the site. Despite the concerns shared by the scattered and disparate denizens of the watershed there is no media outlet that covers the area as a whole. Instead there are parochial blogs here and there and a few local dailies in the larger towns at the edges. “There are a lot of unconnected silos and hubs of information” Reischel says. “We’re trying to bring it all together through aggregation and our own reporting.”
Profile on CJRhttp://www.cjr.org/news_startups_guide/2011/06/watershed-post.php