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…

Teresa Wippel

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…

Teresa Wippel

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: Saying farewell to the Sound Live Sports Network

A year and a half ago, I wrote a column about how our efforts to live stream local high school sporting events were being compromised by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), which governs high school sports in our state. At the time, I said this: “I am certain nothing will change as a result…

From the Publisher’s Desk: All the news that’s fit to print post

I’ve been thinking a lot about print journalism these days, and what the future holds. I remember being 10 years old in my hometown of Ellensburg and creating my own “magazine,” using sheets of paper and a pencil. I remember my mother — a news junkie in the best sense — reading the Seattle Post-Intelligencer…

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 Edmonds. 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: 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: Anyone want to buy a website?

While this title is a bit sensational, it is in part, true. My Edmonds News and sister sites MLTnews and Lynnwood Today, are “for sale.” Let me explain. This October, I will mark my seventh anniversary publishing My Edmonds News. (I acquired MLTnews and Lynnwood Today a few years later after the founders of those…

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…

Teresa Wippel

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….