Well it seems as though the Herald isn’t making many friends, as par for the course.
I belong to a facebook community group called Snohomish County Crime and Community Page
I also have my own SnoCo group but it’s for a specific purpose, the other one has something like 36K members with tons of good community info, news, crime reporting, and other tidbits relevant to SnoCo.
That group will always be successful because the Herald cut off the comments sections so people can no longer interact, comment or ask questions so they go to the group to do this.
Humans are by nature “pack animals” they want to be involved, they want to be heard, they want to learn, and they want to have a say.
Most of my readers know I started this “Newspaper” to report on things the Herald wouldn’t or couldn’t. Also to try to shame them into actually reporting the news by giving them a run for their money.
I would define my goal as Activism Journalism, pay to play journalism has it’s place if it is reporting relevant and meaningful stories. Not spoon fed PR for the county and the city actors.
We have the readership, but it is only me and a few guest authors, whereas the Herald has an entire staff and innumerable resources.
They also have to pay for all those resources and all those people. All I have to do is pay for records, travel, hosting, and web development.
This SnoCo group often posts stories from the Herald, but they include the stories with the link to the Herald. This “editor” likens the SnoCo group to shoplifters saying that Facebook earns revenue from the Herald stories, but the truth is that since the Herald has closed it’s online paper so that you have to subscribe to read, they are simply upset that someone got news for free…
I have been in the group for some time and I have never seen them post a story without a link back to the Herald, ever.
The group admins spend hours everyday doing what they do for free to help their community, they do this for free, comparing them to a thief is hardly a correct response. They are also the very definition of community advocates/activists.
I’ve seen many stories in this group that popped up the next day in the Herald so maybe they need to thank the group admins for the leads, but they don’t.
It has come to our attention that sharing Everett Herald stories in their entirety is a violation of their respective copyright & violates Facebook’s rules. An example of this would be to copy and paste the news story into a post or comment. You/We are still allowed to share news stories via links to the Everett Herald’s social media content. Thank you for your understanding, SCCC Admin
I’m in 100% support of the Herald for requesting to take their content down and requesting subscription payment for access. Journalists should be paid for the content they are producing…See More