About

2013 TeresaWelcome to My Edmonds News! Here’s what you should know about our community’s longest-running, Edmonds-based online news source.

Mission statement: You can find it at the top of the My Edmonds News home page: “An online gathering place for neighbors and friends.” I’m delighted that people regularly share their ideas and opinions by commenting on stories and submitting letters to the editor.

Independently owned. My Edmonds News – founded in October 2009 — is supported by online advertising and reader donations, and the money raised stays in the community; it’s not sent to a New York- or Seattle-based corporation. My freelance writers and photographers live in Edmonds too.

Seattle Times affiliate. I am proud to be affiliated with The Seattle Times as an online news partner, which means they include story summaries and links to My Edmonds News stories. The Seattle Times carefully screens the sites that they associate with, and all Times news partners are expected to follow a code of journalistic ethics.

Live video broadcasts. My Edmonds News provides live broadcasts of our local high school sports, an idea that I launched to provide our high school athletes with local recognition and allow their fans both near and far away to watch the games. Best of all, a portion of the advertising dollars generated from that program is donated back to the high school sports booster club.

Community service. I was raised in Ellensburg, population 10,000, and I understand the value of being in a community where people know your name and care about your well-being. My dad was a local small business owner and served as Ellensburg’s mayor in the 1960s, and was always giving back to his community. He instilled in me the value of selfless community service. I currently sit on the Edmonds Historical Museum Board and the City of Edmonds Economic Development Commission, in addition to running My Edmonds News. I also have provided reduced cost or free advertising to deserving community organizations, and work with local high school and college journalism students.

Commitment to journalism. I grew up during the Watergate era and was captivated by the idea that journalism could play such a key role in exposing government wrongdoing and influencing change. I wrote for my high school newspaper and was a journalism major/political science minor at Seattle University, after which I began working for community and small daily newspapers and a wire service. Journalism is an essential cornerstone to American democracy and in a small town, it connects people to their neighbors and the institutions that they value: their schools, city government and community organizations as well as activities and events.

Commitment to value for my advertisers. My Edmonds News is an incredible value for local businesses looking to get the word out about their products and services. Our readership continues to grow month-after-month and our pricing is very affordable when compared to other advertising opportunities.

Recognition. Three years ago, I was selected to participate in an online news entrepreneur “boot camp” offered in Los Angeles by the schools of business and communications at USC. I have attended national conferences focused on online community journalism and my work on My Edmonds News has been written up in several national publications, including the Columbia Journalism Review. Last spring, I was honored as the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club 2013 Professional of the Year.

How to connect. I welcome you to connect with me and our community by commenting online at My Edmonds News. You can also send me an email at teresa@myedmondsnews.com. And of course, you are welcome to show your support by making a donation using the “Donate” button on the home page.

I look forward to your ideas and your feedback.

Sincerely,

Teresa Wippel, Founder and Publisher
My Edmonds News

Contributors


Larry Vogel, reporter/photographer

Larry Vogel

Writer and photographer Larry Vogel covers a full range of community news and events for My Edmonds News, and has also authored a number of in-depth investigative reports. Larry also serves on the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission, including three years as Commission chair, and on the Edmonds Historical Museum Board of Directors.

Emily Hill, arts writer

Emily ~ Square jPeg

Emily Hill

Artfully Edmonds columnist Emily Hill is an author and long-time resident of Edmonds. She is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. Contact Emily at arts@myedmondsnews.com.

Harry Gatjens talks about financial crisis facing cities on ‘Public Exposure’

Harry Gatjens

Harry Gatjens, contributor

Edmonds resident “Citizen Harry” Gatjens, an accountant and Edmonds resident, provides regular reports to My Edmonds News on the workings of the Edmonds city government and the city budget. Contact Harry at citizenharry@gatjens.com.

David Kaufer, Edmonds Kind of Dad columnist

David Kaufer

David Kaufer is a fun-loving Super Dad of 7-year-old twin sons, an insane Oregon Ducks fanatic (follow him on Twitter @DavidKaufer), advocate for green/sustainability and autism issues, and connoisseur of Northwest microbrews. He and his wife Renee moved to Edmonds in 2005 to raise their family (and enjoy the gorgeous views).

Michael Schindler, Edmonds Military Wire columnist

Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include  “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.”

Schindler received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Jen Marx

Jen Marx

Jen Marx, Edmonds Kind of Play columnist

Jen Marx, an Edmonds mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can contact Jen with your local event at play@myedmondsnews.com or find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at SnackMomSyndrome.com. 

Elaine Mattson, Edmonds Booktalk columnist

Elaine Mattson

Edmonds native and book lover Elaine Mattson has worked at The Edmonds Bookshop off and on since she was 12 years old, and has also worked at a book wholesaler, a book publisher, and for the book publishing division of a large local software company. She shares her monthly picks of best books with My Edmonds News readers.

Janette Turner, contributing writer

Janette Turner

Janette Turner

In addition to covering a variety of topics for My Edmonds News, Janette is managing director of EPIC Literary Series and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee. Contact her at janette@myedmondsnews.com.

Lily Jaquith, My Edmonds News calendar editor

Lily Jaquith

A 2011 Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate, Lily is a senior at Western Washington University, where she is majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. At WWU, she’s involved in several political organizations on campus. She also manages the social media for several clubs as well as the Edmonds-based Driftwood Players. You can follow her on Twitter at @LilyJaquith.

Our Code of Conduct

My Edmonds News Code of Conduct

By registering to post on My Edmonds News, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct. While our code is in fact a set of guidelines, any deliberate violation of the following points – especially those that harm other members – will result in a loss of site privileges.

My Edmonds News users agree to not do the following:
– plagiarize the work of others, fail to acknowledge source material, or use images that belong to others without their permission;
– abuse, threaten or verbally attack other members, individuals, or My Edmonds News staff. We do not tolerate bullies, and we’ll do our best to spot them and get rid of them;
– post libelous, obscene or pornographic material or content that contains racist, sexist, homophobic and other slurs;
– deliberately post stories that are untrue, false or misleading or that make false representations about the poster him/herself;

My Edmonds News readers will:
– be accountable for stories they post and follow up by correcting known errors;
– resist attacks, insults and threats and instead remain civil and focused on the ideas being presented rather than the individuals expressing them;
– promote interactivity and dialogue that supports real community collaboration.

Our anti-flaming/baiting policy:
According to Wikipedia, “Flaming is the hostile and insulting interaction between Internet users. An Internet user typically generates a flame response to other posts or users posting on a site, and is usually not constructive, does not clarify a discussion, and does not persuade others. Sometimes, flamers attempt to assert their authority, or establish a position of superiority over other users.”

Flamers tend to end conversations by entering them; they create a hostile environment in which real discourse is quashed in favor of insults and abuse. Deciding who is or isn’t a flamer, and how that contributor will be handled, is at the final and sole discretion of My Edmonds News staff.

Once a user has been pinpointed as a flamer, (one or more instances of obvious flaming, and/or reported flaming from other site users), the following steps will be taken:

1. Send the user a warning indicating that they’re at risk of forfeiting their membership. Sometimes we may also or instead post a comment in response to the comment in question.
2. Observe the user for signs of reform or response. Should the user reform or respond and apologize, they will be given another chance.
3. Should he or she ignore staff or continue the behavior, we will block him/her from posting to the site without further notice. All decisions will be at the sole discretion of the Editor.

The mission of My Edmonds News is to be an online gathering place for neighbors and friends. As such, there is no room for hate speech or abusive or inflammatory behavior to make your point. Remember the golden rule: Treat others as you wish to be treated.

This Code of Conduct is based on guidelines established at NowPublic.com

26 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your entrepreneurial spirit. Looking forward to reading and hearing about ALL the neighborhoods in Edmonds. Thank you for writing about our cause!
    Carol
    Fabric of Life Foundation
    http://www.upontheroofwithcarol.org

    • So impressed by your good works. Please let me know what you need (in addition to donations) so that I can keep folks posted. Hot chocolate? Blankets?

  2. Fantastic! I’ve been trying to get Edmonds merchants to Tweet more (or just start!) so thanks for this! Looking forward to a great place to share…
    Karen Rosenzweig, @incrediblechef

    • Thanks, Karen – please tell others. I look forward to having many people participate!

  3. This is just great! I will share your info, and look forward to more information about “Our” Edmonds.

  4. Great to have another community news site in a neighboring city!

  5. While all of use enjoy reading the local newspapers and many of the local Edmonds’ blogs, this news site so far is getting information out to the public in a non-bias or non-politically spun manner. Keep up the good work.

  6. Hi Teresa;
    Thank you for posting our Bill Hamilton Memorial Sreet Strut on you blog. It was truely a fantastic event that brought our Edmonds School District community together that raise awareness to the importance of supporting our Public Schools through fun and family fitness. This is the first time I have visited your site, but will pass the word on to friends. This is a great community news source, thank you!

  7. Finally, a great website where relevant news can be found about a place we all love. No longer will I have to wade through silly and senseless stories written for no other reason than fill column space.

    Thank you for taking this on.

  8. Your entry in our local journalism fills a void currently no longer occupied by the Enterprise, which has gone down hill recently with a lot of very slanted journalism. The Beacon, and Pat Ratliff in particular, is doing a very good job and in a fair and balanced manner.

    Its great to have you aboard, I suspect you have a fast growing number of readers and thought contributors.

    Keep up the good work!

  9. Just found your website while looking for something else – what a great resource you are providing for us! Thank you very much. The layout, “signage” and links all help me access what I’m looking for, or, what I didn’t know about that I should, very quickly.

    Appreciate it!

  10. My husband came home from his Rotary meeting this morning and told me about your presentation to the group. I immediately went to the site and am so impressed. This will definitely be included in my daily ‘newspaper’ reading. Thanks for bringing the great community of Edmonds together here at your site.

  11. For years I have bemoaned the fact that Edmonds was an information “black hole.” That is no longer true. We no longer have the excuse that “nobody told me.” Thanks for your hard work, and for making Edmonds news available to everyone. You may have found the future of journalism.

  12. Great to have a local site like yours. Both the Edmonds Beacon and The Enterprise became really tedious to read with all the political crap – a little goes a long ways as do their rambling editorials…Nice to read about the events and I’m looking forward to more of the local sports news and what this fantastic area has to offer besides politics.

  13. All Edmonds must be pleased with your site.
    Thank-you Teresa for your FINE work.

  14. The Best Kept Secret In Edmonds!
    The MS Helping Hands-MSHH Donor Closet recycles used & new durable medical equipment (DME) & mobility equipment (ME) to people with Multiple Sclerosis & others in need for minimum suggested donations. The Donor Closet accepts all used (DME) & (ME). The Donor Closet is located at 409 Howell Way, Edmonds, WA 98020 (425) 712-1807 and is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Mondays thru Saturday.

  15. Great site Teresa. I have had several comments on our (MS Helping Hands-MSHH/Donor Closet) info posted already.

  16. Question. Hello, do you have any info on the Polar Bear Swim on Jan. 1st. Details on the event and time? Have a great year.

  17. Teresa,
    Congratulations on a terrific first year! This is a great Edonds resource. Thank you.
    Carl,
    Just in case Teresa is taking some well deserved time off, here is the link for the Polar Bear event at Matthews Beach. Assuming that is the one you are looking for. http://www.seattle.gov/Parks/aquatics/PolarBearPlunge.htm
    Brrrrrrrrrrrrr. Have fun.

  18. @Carl. Wrong link, that was last year’s event. Here is the 2011 link:
    http://www.seattlechannel.org/news/detail.asp?ID=11310&Dept=14

  19. Time off? Balderdash. The Polar Bear Plunge info is on the home page!

  20. Into the Sound? Yikes!

  21. Wow! Have you grown. You are rapidly becoming essential to the life of our community. As one who has long bemoaned the information black hole that has been Edmonds and the whole of Sno-Cty, I applaud your efforts. I am addicted.

  22. Thanks Teresa,
    Again, welcome ABOARD.
    You are what makes Edmonds a GREAT town.
    Jack

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    Truly a lovely place to live.

  24. Teresa,
    I am on the board of Friends of the Edmonds Library and am in charge of scheduling speakers for our monthly meetings. Our members have requested that I contact you and ask if you would be available to speak at one of our meetings. We meet the 4th Thursday of the month and our speaker is asked to speak for about 20 minutes starting at 1:30pm in the Plaza room above the library. I believe you were able to join us for our luncheon in June. I hope you enjoyed it.

    The dates in 2013 are Jan. 24th, Mar.28th, Apr.25th, May 23rd. Would you be able to speak with our group on any of these dates?

    If you have questions, please contact me at sharron.cramer@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Sharron Cramer

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