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Welcome to My Edmonds News! Here’s what you should know about our community’s longest running, Edmonds based online news source.Mission statement: You can find it at the top of the My Edmonds News home page: “An online gathering place for neighbors and friends.” I’m delighted that people regularly share their ideas and opinions by commenting on stories and submitting letters to the editor.Independently owned. My Edmonds News founded in October 2009 is 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.Seattle Times affiliate. I am proud to be affiliated with The Seattle Times as an online news partner, which means they include story summaries and links to My Edmonds News 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.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 am a former member of the Citizens Economic Development Commission. 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. My Edmonds News is 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. I received the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club Business Professional of the Year in 2013, based on 1) Aspiring to high ethical standards in her occupation; 2. Recognizing the worthiness of all useful occupations and 3. Contributing her vocational talents to the problems and needs of society. We received organizational recognition through the Washington Journalism Education Association award in 2014 for the unique partnership between the My Edmonds News affiliated Sound Live Sports Network and high school students. Our Sound Live Sports Network award for the 2013 “Best Live Broadcast” in the Premiere Development League for coverage of the North Sound SeaWolves FC, a semi pro soccer team formerly based in Edmonds. In addition, My Edmonds News has been written up in several national publications, including the Columbia Journalism Review.How to connect. I welcome you to connect with me and our community by commenting online at My Edmonds News. 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. Larry also serves on the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission, including three years as Commission chair, and on the Edmonds Historical Museum Board of Directors. She is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. He is also a keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include to Battle Ready Your Relationship or Your Mother in Law Didn Tell You. received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time.Elaine MattsonEdmonds native and book lover Elaine Mattson has worked at The Edmonds Bookshop off and on since she was 12 years old, and has also worked at a book wholesaler, a book publisher,
and for the book publishing division of a large local software company. She shares her monthly picks of best books with My Edmonds News readers.