I had never heard of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (MNNS) until I enrolled in my Digital Journalism II course at Marquette University. I began to contemplate why I had not heard of the online publication and many ideas came to mind: there are lots of news outlets so how can I know them all, I am not from the Milwaukee area, I have school, work, etc. All the thoughts, especially the last, are unacceptable excuses because MNNS is not run from some outside corporation but from a single room in Marquette's College of Communication. A place where I spend the majority of my time. The question now is, how did I not know about this news source until now? 

MNNS is a multimedia website that publishes objective, professional reporting on local Milwaukee issues in five specific communities, Lindsay Heights, Clarke Square, and three Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods, Silvery City, Layton Park and Burnham Park. This concept immediately grabbed my attention as many of the websites and publications I read do not focus on specific communities. MNNS is refreshing, orange banner and all. 

When I first visited the site I was happy to see that it was easy to navigate. With the neighborhoods listed on the left column and linked to news specific to that community it was easy to see what news corresponded with what community. Also, the stories are organized in the middle column of the website. This makes for easy browsing with the most up-to-date stories at the top. Additionally, the space between each piece is a nice change to the cramped webpages you normally read from. 

After taking some time to look at the website and articles I noticed MNNS attempts to publish once or twice each day on developments in the local Milwaukee communities. A variety of topics are covered from the Occupy Milwaukee rally to local awards and events. Like many websites, they have included an interactive community page for each neighborhood. Here residents can find information on upcoming events. 


Through video, articles, photographs, audio reports and Soundslides content is shown in various ways to cater to various audiences. However, through the multimedia I would have liked to see a little more in-depth reporting in order to add some more substance to a few of the articles and videos. Yes, they were well written or composed and most of the time accompanied one another, but at times the short pieces needed extra material to make the package seem above and beyond what was called for. 

After researching and reviewing I have grown anxious to contribute to Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and cannot wait to help inform Milwaukee about these specific communities. 
 





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