From the Publisher’s Desk: Our virtual dust is starting to settle…

Dear readers: Thanks very much for your patience during the past week as we’ve been working out the glitches that occurred during our website redesign. We still have a few more wrinkles to smooth out, but I want to assure you that the reason for doing this — in the end — is to provide…

From the Publisher’s Desk: I’m ready to push the button — are you?

Sept. 30 2009. That was the date that I pushed the purchase button for the domain name MyEdmondsNews.com. Every year around this time, I’m asked whether I want to renew my domain name. It’s also a good time to ask myself — am I ready to renew my commitment to My Edmonds News, MLTnews and…

From the Publisher’s Desk: A tale of three cities, and why local news coverage matters

As the publisher of digital news outlets for three neighboring communities in south Snohomish County, I have observed first-hand the strengths, weaknesses and challenges facing all three cities –Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. The cities are unique in terms of geography, population size (Edmonds and Lynnwood are very close, at around 40,000 while Terrace is…

From the Publisher’s Desk: We all can do a ‘little bit of good’

On Wednesday, I attended the YWCA’s 20th anniversary Snohomish County luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Naomi Tutu. The speech was amazing on many levels, coming from a Tutu, the daugher of South African religious leader Desmond Tutu. As a black woman who grew up under apartheid rule in South Africa, Naomi Tutu spoke passionately about supporting…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Local graduates making a difference

Much has been written about today’s young people, and a lot of it hasn’t been terribly positive. Pampered. Spoiled. Unmotivated. Self-centered. The criticism goes on and on. But if the alumni who spoke at Mountlake Terrace High School Friday morning are any indication of the next generation, we are in good hands. I was one…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Why Net Neutrality matters to local news

It’s likely you’ve seen soundbites lately on Net Neutrality, and an upcoming FCC vote on whether to repeal it. Let me assure you that this is more than a national headline on CNN or Fox News. The threat is very local and very real. On Monday, I was proud to be included in a statement…

From the Publisher’s Desk: The art of the ask — and the reply

One of my favorite activities at the annual Edmonds Center for the Arts gala is the Heads or Tails contest. Common at many fundraising auctions, during this event participants are asked to place their hands on their heads or their behinds. The auction emcee then proceeds to flip a coin and announce whether it lands…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Giving back and looking ahead

During a recent column regarding the ongoing challenges of local journalism, I pledged to donate 10 percent of all subscriptions through April 30 to help students at our two local high schools — Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace — who have been selected to perform in this May’s prestigious Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York…

From the Publisher’s Desk: We ♥ our sponsors

Let’s talk about love, shall we? It’s almost Valentine’s Day, after all, and there’s no better time to show some love to those who make online community news possible in Lynnwood. I’ve been giving love recently to our subscribers — those who contribute financially on a regular or one-time basis to support our work. (Learn…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Let’s get ‘ReadyTogether’

Many of you know that disaster preparedness is one of my favorite causes. Last spring, I worked with Snohomish County Fire District 1 and other organizations to sponsor a “Count Me in When Disaster Strikes” presentation at Edmonds Community College — with the goal of starting a conversation with Southwest Snohomish County residents about preparing…

From the Publisher’s Desk: A local solution to the ‘fake news’ fight

On Friday morning, I’ll be giving a “TED Talk” of sorts to high school students and staff at Mountlake Terrace High School. The talk will be part of a morning program organized by longtime MTHS journalism instructor Vine DeMiero. The topic? “CLEAR! Defibrillating Journalism Before It Redlines.” I have spoken in the past to students,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Now more than ever, local news matters

It’s an understatement to say that many of us were stunned by the results of Tuesday’s Presidential election. Much has been written by people of all political persuasions regarding how the media didn’t do its job in capturing the mood of the public who decided — via our electoral college system — the race. How…

From the Publisher’s Desk: It’s all about trust

Since starting My Edmonds News in 2009, I’ve attended numerous national seminars aimed at helping journalists become more entrepreneurial. In recent months, I have come to realize that much of what I learned is the reason why journalism is in such trouble. Nearly all of us in those seminars — funded by prestigious national journalism…