April 5, 2011
Readers are invited to discuss newspaper
The Issaquah Press is calling on its readers to tell us how they read the newspaper.
If you have your favorite sections, wish we’d organize the news differently, don’t understand why some things are the way they are, or dislike some policies, this is your opportunity to speak up.
We often hear from readers with an opinion, but one voice is but a whisper among the estimated 30,000-plus people who read The Press each week.
Readers are invited to apply for a spot in our readership focus groups, to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 14, or 1 p.m. April 15. A dozen readers will be selected for each group to meet at the Hailstone Feed Store, the historic gas station, along Front Street North. A facilitator will lead the group through a discussion.
Last year, the Society of Professional Journalists named The Press the best nondaily newspaper in a five-state region. While we are proud of the honor, we get more excited by good, local readership.
We also recognize that the way people get their news has changed dramatically in the last decade, and will transform along with technology in the next decade. For example, would you read a recipe in the newspaper, or just find one online? Are letters to the editor still applicable in print now that comments are attached to stories on the Web? What school news is important, now that schools email newsletters? Do newcomers care about local history? Do long-timers care about growth and development?
We invite you to join us as we adjust our news coverage to keep it relevant. To apply, go to www.issaquahpress.com and click on the application form. Selection will be made to represent a varied demographic mix.Readers are invited to discuss newspaper