I’m happy to report that my very first Washington newspaper column is on the cover of Gig Harbor Now today.
Gig Harbor Now is an all-online news site that operates on the nonprofit news model through the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), complete with a local board of directors.
This newsgroup is made up of freelance reporters, copy editors, editors, and more – many of which have big-newspaper origin stories similar to mine. We’re coming from formerly large publications that were slashed and gutted over the last 10 years as the entire news industry drastically shifted beneath our feet (and continues to do so).
And yet, we persevere. In fact, this particularly enterprising group of journalists started the GHN venture last year with donors, a local board, and a mission statement “to create and sustain a community-supported nonprofit news organization that informs, educates and connects our community.” Readers love it! It has really taken off locally. (Pssst., they take donations, too!)
The column collaboration all began when the GHN editor Vince Dice — wait, pause, how irrefutably Hollywood-level cool is his name?! Vince’s parents know what’s up.
Anywhoo, so Vince walked up to my Uptown booth on Halloween and so graciously said what I do here on Two In Tow is a great fit for Gig Harbor’s local readership. I think he even called it an asset. SO COOL. Then we met up for coffee a few weeks later and that was that! (Well, minus a few Facebook interactions of me totally fan-girling over some of their story posts, but we don’t have to go over all that lol).