Posted on 08 November 2013.
Who We Are: Surprise!
People who don’t already know us personally are consistently surprised when they find out that in fact Inside Bainbridge is run by two writers/editors, Sarah Lane and Julie Hall, and an ad/marketing manager, Lynn Smith. Julie and Sarah launched IB two and a half years ago, in May of 2011. Lynn joined the team in August of 2012. We all live and work on Bainbridge Island, with family here and deep ties to the community.
How We Do This
How have we been able to become what so very many of you tell us is the best, most-trusted news source on Bainbridge Island? How have we earned a daily readership that continues to grow by leaps and bounds month by month, averaging now over 6,300 views a day? How are we able to publish informed, up-to-date community news that often extends statewide and even nationwide?
- We work hard.
- We love Bainbridge Island, which sometimes means taking a close look at unpleasant things that undermine or threaten the well-being of our community.
- We have terrific contributors who bring their smarts and expertise from a wide range of professions and passions.
- We have attentive readers who continuously share information, photos, leads, questions, and feedback.
All of these things make Inside Bainbridge a rare thing—a true community resource created by and for community members.
Our Relationship with The Seattle Times and King5.com
Not long after launching our community news website, Inside Bainbridge earned the distinction of being the only news source from Kitsap County invited into the Community News Partner program of The Seattle Times. The program is unique in the nation and reflects the vibrant hyperlocal news blog scene that exists in the Seattle region.
As one of the program’s valued, go-to community news partners (which amount to about 70), IB has its articles selected regularly to appear on the home pages of The Times and King5.com, typically several times a week. We also have earned the honor of being consistently included among the few chosen partners to be featured in The Times Sunday print section. No money is exchanged in the relationship, and no editorial influence occurs. We simply provide them with more news to offer their readers, and they simply provide us with a broader audience.
What Have We Done for You Lately?
Inside Bainbridge is a small company with big heart and brains. Since the beginning we have not asked readers to pay for the news and community coverage we offer, despite the trend in online news publishing to do so. We feature your events, highlight your businesses, share your accomplishments, and tell the stories of your lives week after week with integrity, fairness, and compassion. We work very hard to get it right. We don’t enjoy being in the line of fire, but we are willing to stand up for what is right because it is our job and because you ask us to every day, even when many of you are not willing to go on record with your stories and concerns.
Please Make a Contribution
Our sole source of revenue is ads, which is not enough money to sustain even our small crew. We work full-time plus and get paid full-time minus. Simply put, we cannot continue to run IB without more community support. If we have covered an issue you care about, provided you with practical information during a traffic jam or storm, publicized your business or event, trumpeted your cause, informed you of an opportunity you might have missed, made you laugh or made you think, please consider making a donation to IB to compensate us for the valuable resources we provide to you every day.
How much is it worth to you—the cost of a dinner out, a sweater, a trip to the movies, a magazine subscription? That doesn’t seem like much for something many of you rely on every day, every week, every month.
Those who have contributed in the past, we thank you and ask you to consider donating again if it has been a while. Those who haven’t contributed yet, we ask you to please chip in so we can keep working for you.
Send Us a Check
Please make it out to Inside Bainbridge and mail it to the following address:
321 High School Road, Suite D3, #209
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Want to Advertise?
Get all those eyes on your ad every day. Contact Lynn Smith at 206-588-5364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading, sharing, and caring!
Photos courtesy of Phil Roeder, mikebaird, Hotash.