The Issaquah Press invites readers to conversation group

March 16, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 9:45 a.m. March 16, 2011

The Issaquah Press wants to hear from readers about what they read most often in the paper and what components are missing.

Readers are invited to join a conversation group led by a moderator. Two sessions will be held: 6:30-8 p.m. April 14 and 1-2:30 p.m. April 15. Both groups will meet at the Hailstone Feed Store, the historic gas station, along Front Street North. Apply here.

It has been eight years since the last readership focus groups were held, said Debbie Berto, publisher of The Press.

“Times have certainly changed since then,” she said. “We need to hear from our readers about what is important to them today, not eight years ago. The Internet, smaller daily newspaper coverage and other competition has caused us to refocus some of our news space in recent years. But is it what readers want? More important, is it what they want in the future?”

Interested readers need to apply for one of the two dozen spots. Applicants will be selected to involve a range of readers of varying ages, length of residency and various neighborhoods.

Those who are not chosen for the groups will  participate in a survey to get their opinions about various topics.

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