This week, California Watch staffers crowded into CIR’s tiny conference room to meet with two guests, Laura Scott and Katherine Lawrence, who had arrived from Denver for the day.
They’re principals in PingVision, the Web design firm we have chosen from among several excellent candidates to design and develop California Watch’s new Web site. PingVision’s clients have included BlogHer, Popular Science, the New York Public Library, the Stanford University Center for Internet and Society and Red Blue America.
There was a sense of urgency in the room – and not just because Laura and Katherine’s plane had been delayed. The launch date for our Web site – and the formal launch of California Watch – is set for early November, which gives PingVision about a month to get the site up and running.
The Web site will be the only one devoted to statewide investigative and other in-depth reporting about California.
Mark Katches, California Watch’s editorial director, articulated a broad and ambitious vision for the site. A major focus would be to highlight solutions. It would showcase the blogs that all California Watch bloggers will begin writing in the next several weeks.
“We want this to be a place that people will check in on several times a day,” he said.
The site also will house searchable databases and be a “one-stop center” for anyone seeking information in California on state and federal campaign contributions, lobbying, business licenses and more.
The countdown has begun. Watch out for our new site in a month or so from now.