For nearly three years now, I have had the privilege of serving as your online local news source. What started as a sincere effort to save local news in Alameda at a time when it looked very much like newspapers were in danger of imminent failure has grown beyond my wildest expectations.
In less than three years we have built a steady monthly audience of around 10,000 readers, with coverage that has grown from a simple blog post several days a week to three or more items – news, real estate, kids’ sports, events – every weekday. Our growing collection of dedicated, local writers has chronicled the wild world of City Hall politics, the fiscal crisis facing our schools, the comings and goings of beloved businesses and the amazing people who populate the Island we call home. We have also worked to be a community partner, donating money and advertising space to local nonprofits and offering editorial space on the site to promote everything from kids’ sports to efforts to resolve differences over the school parcel tax now on the ballot.
For our efforts we have been recognized by individual readers, won local honors from Alameda Magazine and the Peninsula Press Club and been afforded the opportunity to have our work featured off-Island, on The Bay Citizen website and even in The New York Times. But as we continue our work to improve your reading experience (and we’ve got some great new features coming your way, so stay tuned), I must also ask your help in reaching a critical goal: Financial survival.
If you like what The Island has to offer, we’d like to ask you to consider subscribing by clicking the PayPal button in the sidebar to your right. Subscriptions are $25. Or if you’d like to see what we can do for your business, consider advertising with us. We’ve got something for every budget; you can try us out for as little as $5. The vast majority of the money we take in stays in Alameda – all of our writers live here on the Island, and most of what we buy is purchased here too.
If you’re already a subscriber or an advertiser, I thank you. And if you can’t afford either of those options but you still want to help, spread the word by telling your friends about us. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for breaking news and extras. And keep those op-eds, comments, tips and Tweets coming.
In the meantime, I welcome your suggestions, comments and tips; feel free to drop me a line, at firstname.lastname@example.org. And as always, thank you for your support.