From the Publisher’s Desk: How do you ‘like’ Facebook now?

In past columns, I have lamented the financial impact that Facebook has wrought on the local news ecosystem. But what about the social and civic impacts? On the money side, the statistics are sobering. The total estimated advertising revenue for the U.S. newspaper industry in 2020 was $8.8 billion, down 29% from 2019. Facebook’s worldwide…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Election season rules

Dear readers: If the recent comments and letters to the editor are any indication, it must be election season in Edmonds. So it’s a good time to go over the ground rules for the next month. Letters to the editor: You are welcome to send letters supporting your candidate of choice — or pointing out…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Saying (a belated) farewell to Harry Gatjens

I’ll never forget the first time I met Harry Gatjens. It was early 2010, a few months after I started publishing My Edmonds News. Harry and I were among the few people regularly attending Edmonds City Council meetings. One night, Harry introduced himself to me. Harry explained that as an Edmonds resident, he had a…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Business and politics

Whether you are a business owner or a politician, longevity is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you gain more experience with every passing year and feel more comfortable in your role. On the other hand, as you become familiar with the ebb and flow of either your business or election cycle, you may…

From the Publisher’s Desk: You can tell it’s election season

Dear readers: Every two years, we have city elections and every two years, I see the following behavior as the ballots hit mailboxes: — A flurry of letters to the editor from supporters about candidates’ accomplishments or opponents of certain candidates about their wrongdoings. — Accusations of campaign signs being stolen or vandalized. — Comments…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Why we value our readers

Dear readers: I have had long conversations today with several people regarding the letter to the editor posted from Val Stewart regarding vaccine safety. I have spoken with readers of the site, those who write for me and independent third parties. I have also talked with the letter writer herself. Based on those conversations, I…

Teresa Wippel

From the Publisher’s Desk: Why I’m grateful for 2020

Dear readers: While I’m happy to welcome 2021, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for all the goodness I saw in 2020. For starters, members of our community stepped up to help others. In the midst of COVID-related layoffs and worries about how to pay the rent/mortgage/utilities and keep food on…

Teresa Wippel

From the Publisher’s Desk: The police chief selection

I make it a practice not to weigh in on city government decisions. For the past 11 years, my mission has always been to report what is happening – to be unbiased and fair. I find it necessary, however, to speak up about the process so far for selecting Edmonds’ next police chief. I want…

Teresa Wippel

From the Publisher’s Desk: 11 years and counting

Eleven. It’s not a particularly magical number — unless it’s the number of years you’ve been slogging through as a community news publisher at possibly the worst time to be a news publisher in modern history. Most of you know the story: News publications going out of business or downsizing is the norm these days, both…

Publisher’s reminder: You’re invited to my TED talk this Saturday

  Dear readers: I hope you’ll join me Saturday, Aug. 29, for my TED talk through the 2020 TEDXSnoIsleLibraries program. My topic: the key role that readers will play in the survival of journalism. While the talks from a total of 15 presenters were supposed to be delivered live with an audience at the Edmonds Center for the…

Teresa Wippel

From the Publisher’s Desk: Revisiting how we engage with Facebook

For years, I have shared with readers my love-hate relationship with Facebook. Actually, let’s flip that: It’s a hate-love relationship. To explain, everything we post to our news websites is also posted to Facebook and Twitter. I used to do this posting individually, by hand, and with three community news websites it was fairly time…

From the Publisher’s Desk: About those T-shirts

As we navigate how to best support each other during a time of great uncertainty, one thing is clear: Now, more than ever, kindness matters. Granted, I have always — to a fault — expected that people were mostly motivated by good intentions. Many of you, I’m sure, can cite examples to prove otherwise but…

Teresa Wippel

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

Community takes on a different meaning during a pandemic. For more than a month, we’ve been telling the stories of COVID-19 and its impact on our community. They are stories of compassion. Of caring. Of survival. Of resilience. How schools are making sure kids in need don’t go hungry and how food banks are feeding families….

From the Publisher’s Desk: Remember to thank a teacher

In my generation of journalists, nearly everyone I know was influenced by a great high school journalism teacher. Someone who lit a fire under us. Who saw some raw talent and encouraged us to develop it. In my case, that journalism teacher was Steve Rogers. Steve started his teaching career at Ellensburg High School after…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Gratitude

It’s hard to believe, but we are almost at the end of 2019. And what a year it has been. Since January, we have been recognized for our work in numerous ways, including MLTnews being honored as 2019 Small Business of the Year and Publisher Teresa Wippel being named Edmonds Citizen of the Year for…

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: Grateful to be recognized, but…

Earlier this week, I was sitting with a group of women — all past presidents of a professional association that I’ve belonged to since college. We gather once a year and everyone takes a turn describing highlights of her life since our last meeting. As it grew closer to my time to speak, I began…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Talk is easy. Listening is hard

A month ago, I had an opportunity to observe a group of people learning how to listen TO each other, rather than talking AT each other. It wasn’t easy. Jim Henderson and Jim Hancock of the 3 Practices Group Method invited me to observe the session in preparation for a similar event I am co-sponsoring…

From the Publisher’s Desk: The joy of being present

Before my grandson Reese was born, several friends told me about the joy of being a grandparent. I was skeptical — how could it be that special? Now, almost two years in, nothing could have prepared me for way this role — and the unconditional love for this little boy — fills my heart. The…