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SeeClickFix Partners with Journal Register Co.


NEWS RELEASE
April 20, 2010


Journal Register Company Launches Major Citizen Journalism Initiative

Announces Partnership With SeeClickFix

Yardley, PA – Journal Register Company, a leading multi-media company in local news and information announced today a major citizen journalism initiative in conjunction with SeeClickFix and that company’s unique program to empower citizens to improve their communities.

Starting immediately, all 18 of the Journal Register Company’s daily newspapers and online publications in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Michigan and Ohio are partnering with www.SeeClickFix.com in the communities they serve.

The partnership provides SeeClickFix portal pages on Journal Register Company websites that will allow users to observe, report and follow issues in their communities. Website users will be able to create watch areas and track items ranging from poor road conditions to blighted buildings in their communities.

Journal Register Company believes this partnership will benefit the communities by:

* Encouraging the audience to utilize the SeeClickFix platform to alert fellow residents of impact issues.
* Empowering residents to work with the company’s journalists to address the needs of the community.
* Highlighting those who participate and make a difference through news reports.



“Our job is to serve our communities through quality journalism. Our partnership with SeeClickFix will help us do our job much better,” said John Paton, Chief Executive Officer of Journal Register Company. “The new ecological system for news recognizes that our citizens, harnessing the power of digital devices, play a vital role in covering a community. SeeClickFix and our websites will provide the necessary tools for those citizen journalists,” Mr. Paton said.

Journal Register Company Launches Major Citizen Journalism Initiative

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The company’s 18 daily newspaper websites now feature portal pages linking to SeeClickFix functionality and the partnership will be extended to all of Journal Register Company’s 150 websites in the coming months.

“The mission of SeeClickFix is to help communities help themselves. It’s that simple,” said Ben Berkowitz, co-founder of SeeClickFix.

The partnership with Journal Register Company represents the largest expansion for the New Haven, Conn.-based SeeClickFix.

“Journal Register Company has such a diverse group of communities it serves and they have diverse sets of issues. The company is showing that they want to enable all of their readers to participate more in their community," Mr. Berkowitz said.

About SeeClickFix

SeeClickFix is a web, mobile web and Smartphone reporting tool that allows citizens to report non-emergency issues to governments and others accountable for the public space. Over 30,000 problems from potholes and speeding school buses to bad drinking water and blighted buildings have been reported on SeeClickFix. Over 40% of those issues have been reported as fixed.

About Journal Register Company

Journal Register Company is a leader in local news and information serving 992 communities in 10 states. The Company's 324 multi-platform products reach an audience of nearly 14 million people each month. For more information visit the company website at www.JournalRegister.com.

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