Welcome to the My Neighborhood News Network! Here’s what you should know about our online network of South Snohomish County community news websites.
Mission statement: Our goal is to be an online gathering place for Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. I’m delighted that people regularly share their ideas and opinions by commenting on stories and submitting letters to the editor.
Independently owned. Founded in 2009, we are 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.Our freelance writers and photographers live in South Snohomish County too.
Seattle Times affiliate. All three of our websites are affiliated with The Seattle Times as online news partners, which means the Times includes story summaries and links to My Edmonds News, Lynnwood Today and MLTnews 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. We provide live broadcasts of our local high school sports through the Sound Live Sports Network, 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 the My Neighborhood News Network. 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. Our websites provide 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. My work to develop a sustainable online community news organization has been written up in several national publications, including the Columbia Journalism Review. I was also 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. You can also send me an email at email@example.com. And of course, you are welcome to show your support by making a donation online or via US mail. Information on how to do that is located here.
I look forward to your ideas and your feedback.
Teresa Wippel, Founder and Publisher
My Neighborhood News Network