SkokieNet is a community-driven online portal for people who live in and care about Skokie. Previously titled SkokieTalk, SkokieNet offers news, opinions, features and information in a variety of media "for the people, by the people." It offers residents a place to interact, discuss local topics and network by way of blogs and photo galleries.
Skokie residents are invited to post:
• News and stories related to Skokie on any topic
• Skokie events, anything from village board meetings to bake sales, choir recitals to debates
• Poetry and other creative writing
• Photography, videos, audio pieces
SkokieNet offers local businesses a place to create a valuable networking community.
Some Skokie teenagers have set up blogs here. See Eh?reca asks u, HSYW: Derek Speaks, and Marylin Shares.
SkokieNet is an online guide to all things. It is recognized by Village officials, the media, and Library patrons as the best place to go for information about Skokie.
Frances Roehm is the SkokieNet librarian. Volunteers: Aleks Krapivkin, Marge Brookstrone, Annette Peters, Manny Bud, Patti Witry, Gill Wolf.
Staff: Michael Buhmann, F. Coady, Erica Mui, Lee Leibik, Kate Belogorsky, Lukie Marriott, Pat Gaines, and Holly Jin.
Sponsored by Skokie Public Library, the interactive elements of SkokieNet can be traced back to GoSkokie, a site developed in 2004 at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
The GoSkokie site was developed by students in Medill's New Media Publishing Project class, part of the school's master's program. The GoSkokie team consisted of six Northwestern graduate journalism students, with advice from their professor, Rich Gordon, and Jeff Jarvis of Advance.net (sponsor of the project).
Northwestern Journalism students who created the forerunner of SkokieNet. (From left to right: Mike, Sara, Vivek, Jason, Gina and Leah)