Community: A smart investment | Editorial

On Oct. 1, we will begin asking our readers to pay for their subscriptions to the Issaquah Reporter.

  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018 10:08am
  • Opinion

By Josh O’Connor

Sound Publishing President

Good investments are ones that pay off, right? We can all agree on that. At the Issaquah Reporter, we think news is an investment that pays off in many ways.

Our investment covers the cost of reporting, printing and delivering news to households like yours.

After all, local news doesn’t simply flow like water from a faucet. Sure, at times, it seems to stream across the Internet and splash all over our smartphones. But reliable local news — the good stuff, the trustworthy information — originates with dedicated fact-gatherers.

Fact-gathers like the journalists who work at this newspaper.

As a community newspaper, the Issaquah Reporter and its employees get the chance to connect with thousands of local readers, to be front-row observers as our neighborhoods change and grow, and to have mutually beneficial relationships with area businesses.

Of all of these payoffs, the greatest is our sense of belonging.

There are plenty of social media clicks that will take you to cute kittens or stupid human tricks. But how do you learn about Issaquah High School’s standout athletes? The Reporter tells you.

And you’re probably familiar with publications and broadcasters who cover the “Seattle area” — sometimes venturing east of the lake (but often not). But what’s going on in Issaquah’s city government? The Reporter tells you.

Finally, national news outlets produce a drumbeat of news about the White House, Wall Street and international conflicts. But what’s the Issaquah business community up to? The Reporter tells you that, too.

If community news is a smart investment for us, we’d like it to be a meaningful investment for you, too. On Oct. 1, we will begin asking our readers to pay for their subscriptions to the Issaquah Reporter. The annual price will be $39 — and for that payment, you will also get unlimited access to our website, and your Issaquah Reporter delivered to your porch every week.

Just as our newspaper enjoys a sense of belonging, we know that many loyal readers feel connected to their neighborhoods and cities, and care deeply about the future of the Eastside.

Whatever that future looks like, it will be shaped by leaders and informed citizens who understand the issues, the opportunities and the problems. And a lot of them will be regular readers of this newspaper.

Community news is an investment.

We invite you to subscribe at or call us at 1-866-848-0615.

Josh O’Connor is the president of Sound Publishing, which owns the Reporter.

More in Opinion

OPINION What’s your American Dream?

By James Whitfield Special to the Reporter ^ I have a friend… Continue reading

Samantha Pak/staff photo
                                Two indigenous performers embrace during a break in their dancing in Plaza Coyoacán in Mexico City.
Lessons from our neighbors | Windows and Mirrors

Traveling abroad is an easy reminder to check your ethnocentrism.

Samantha Pak/staff photo
                                Maryam Griffin (left) of the University of Washington Bothell interviews art curator Alma Salem during her visit to the school on Feb. 7.
The soul of history | Windows and Mirrors

Syrian arts curator and cultural advisor shares how art can tell the story of history.

A taste of my own medicine

Gratitude mindfulness helps see sun on horizon.

Invest in our rural communities through recreation

A guest opinion by the state commissioner for public lands.

Why public libraries matter more than ever in the information age | Book Nook

Public libraries are places that are free and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 25, 2019

Union perspective; billing timeliness

From left, KUOW’s “All Things Considered” host Kim Malcolm interviews New York Times journalist Jonathan Weisman about the rise of bigotry in the United States. Samantha Pak/staff photo
Combating bigotry | Windows and Mirrors

Author and journalist Jonathan Weisman visited the Stroum Jewish Community Center to as part of the center’s “Words to the Wise” series.

Paying twice for their mistakes | Windows and Mirrors

Southeast Asians are at greater risk of being deported to countries many haven’t been to since they were young or have never been to.

New Year resolution: Love yourself

Love yourself in 2019 and watch the positive changes.

Going beyond the job and caring

Veronica works at Gold’s Gym — she cares about the people she serves.