From the Publisher’s Desk: I have no words…

On Saturday, the mail brought the usual assortment of credit card offers, a postcard notifying me of an upcoming retirement seminar (as if!) and a single envelope addressed to My Edmonds News. Since I’ve started our subscription drive, it’s always an adventure to open the mail. And it’s not just because readers are sending money…

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…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Shopping on Prime Day? Make sure to use our link

Amazon Prime Day is this Tuesday, July 12. If you are planning to shop for deals on that day — or on any day — here’s a reminder to use this link — and help support My Edmonds News writers, photographers, editors, designers and technical support folks. We get a small commission on your purchase(s),…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Thank you!

Dear Readers: Since I made my appeal last week asking for voluntary subscriptions to My Edmonds News, MLTnews and Lynnwood Today, I have been gratified by the responses. I have nearly 60 new online subscribers, bringing us close to 175 total. In addition, more than a dozen more have sent subscriptions or one-time contributions through…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Jesse Jones takes on WIAA sports broadcast issue

A few months ago, I wrote about my growing frustration with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, which governs high school sports in Washington state. See: From the Publisher’s Desk: The WIAA’s takeover of high school athletic broadcasts. To recap, for several years I have partnered with Mountlake Terrace High School’s journalism and broadcast programs to…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Overcoming the ‘b’ word

The “b” word is a euphemism generally used to replace a profane word starting with the letter b. — Wikipedia No, I’m not talking about that word. It’s this word. Blog. Since I started My Edmonds News six years ago, I have heard more than one public official say (with distaste, I might add), “I…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Are you ready?

Last year, one of our readers made a comment that got me thinking. It was after a wind storm hit our area particularly hard, uprooting trees and knocking down power lines. Some folks were without power for more than 24 hours. She mentioned that many people aren’t prepared to survive simple power outages, let alone…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Comments and commentary

A few months ago, I was meeting with a group of writers and photographers and we were discussing all the ways that journalism — and especially print journalism — has changed in the past decade. Gone are the bread-and-butter moneymakers for newspapers — classified ads, large real estate and automobile “sections,” full-page ads from myriad…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Proud to be part of the revolution

Here I am, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, reflecting on the past two months. Yes, it HAS been that long. While I committed to writing this column regularly, life does at times get in the way of my best intentions. I made a trip to Washington, D.C., in early October and in addition to touring all…

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From the Publisher’s Desk: Happy Birthday to us – six years old today!

Six years ago — on Oct. 1, 2009–  I pushed the “Publish” button and My Edmonds News was born. My first story was encouraging registrations for the 5K Street Strut — a fundraiser for Edmonds School District schools. That race is now known as the Celebrate Schools 5K and takes place this Saturday Oct. 3,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Sharing some Edmonds love

Ten days ago, my son Ian tied the knot with the love of his life, Carly. It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Leifer Manor in Marysville, and while the weather was a bit cooler than everyone expected, we were all thankful that we avoided the crazy windstorm that had taken place the week prior….

From the Publisher’s Desk: Our place in history

As you’ve probably heard by now, Edmonds is celebrating its 125th anniversary next Tuesday, Aug. 11 — complete with an afternoon of live entertainment, a time capsule dedication ceremony, cake and an evening street dance. My Edmonds News will be there to capture the day with video and photography, and we’re pleased to report that…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Beyond 5 Ws and the H

This Friday, I’ll drive to Ellensburg for my high school reunion. I can’t comprehend it’s been 40 years since that rite of passage, which launched me out of my small-town comfort zone into college and career in the “big city” of Seattle. I credit my high school journalism teacher, Steve Rogers, for inspiring me to…

From the Publisher’s Desk: What I’d say to my dad

My dad didn’t finish college, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a successful small business owner and community leader. He died in 1991 at the age of 81. I was in my early 30s when he was diagnosed with leukemia, the kind that strikes older adults. While 81 may seem like a long life,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Walk this way

Ever since I moved with my husband to the Lake Ballinger neighborhood nearly 30 years ago, the scenic road that winds along the Edmonds side of the lake has played a key role in my life’s story. Married without children, I often walked the route with our two cocker spaniels. After my son was born,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: No exit strategy here

Last week, an acquaintance of mine from North Carolina, publisher of two online community news sites there, surprised the online publishing community when he announced that, after nine years, he was ceasing publication, effective immediately. After reading David Boraks’ farewell message, I have to say that his reasons for leaving weren’t at all surprising. In…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Everyone needs a dugout

My son played baseball from T-ball through college, and I became very familiar with the camaraderie that developed among the players sitting in the dugout. Not only did those players cheer on their teammates and engage in (mostly) good-natured heckling of their opponents, they also became problem-solvers, helpers and even arbitrators of unacceptable behavior. Over…

From the Publisher’s Desk: There’s no place like home

A sense of community. When I describe to people why I love living in Edmonds, that’s the phrase I return to. People really do, as a rule, take care of each other here. The importance of community really struck me during the short trip I took to New Orleans last week. I had a chance…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Connecting the dots

I used to be a busy parent of young children and I remember the juggling act between working full-time, preparing meals, helping the kids with homework, driving them to sports practices, meeting with their teachers, taking them to the dentist, and on and on. I barely paid attention to anything outside that family- and work-focused…

From the Publisher’s Desk: The small-town lesson I live by

On Sunday, I had lunch with publishers of two other Puget Sound-area online news sites: Exit 133, which covers Tacoma, and the West Seattle Blog. Both of these news websites have been around a lot longer than My Edmonds News, which celebrated its 5th anniversary last October. It’s always good to exchange “war stories” with…

From the Publisher’s Desk: It’s a marathon, not a sprint

I’m not sure who coined that phrase, but it’s one of my favorites, along with “It’s not how you start but how you finish,” and “You never learn anything in life unless it costs you something.” I thought about my personal marathon as I was sitting at the Edmonds City Council meeting last Tuesday night,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: True confessions about the lousy job I do

For the past five years, I have been able to wake up each day and say, without reservation, that I love my job. I’m able to write about the community where I’ve lived for 30 years, where neighbors and friends kept a watchful eye as my kids grew up and celebrated their transition into successful,…