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Investing in local journalism is investing in your community reporting staff

COURTESY PHOTO - Brittany Allen has been the Sandy Post reporter for three years. I'll admit it. When I was 15 and decided I was going to be a journalist, it was a rather dispassionate decision.

"I want to write, and I want to take photos. Better be a journalist," I thought.

But it's been with a lot of passion that I've progressed forward in the news industry, working hard to constantly educate myself, provide high quality community journalism and overcome the modern challenges facing local news companies.

I love working in community journalism.

Despite the sometimes six-hour city council meetings, treks through the snow on Mount Hood to cover a snowpack story and countless negative comments I receive — either directly or indirectly via social media — that have brought me to tears, I love being your Sandy Post reporter.

And I actually just celebrated my third work anniversary on this desk.

I see the task of informing and supporting the communities I write for as a greater calling for me, as an important job I am happy to have.

But, I can't do it alone.

I've been fortunate to have community partners who work alongside me or make themselves available to me when I need them, like the area's chambers, numerous city staff members, community volunteer organizations. They understand we have a common goal, and in some instances those people have become what I'd consider lifelong friends.

We all love Sandy, Boring, the Mount Hood communities, and want to inform and represent them well.

However, even with those partners, there's a key demographic I need support from to make what I do possible.

You.

A writer is nothing without their readers.

The thing to understand is that no matter how many hours I put in volunteering in the communities — as an unpaid board member of the Mt. Hood Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Hoodland Women's Club, volunteer at numerous other events where I literally split my time taking photos for the paper and helping people — journalism is my full-time job.

Pamplin Media Group hired me to write your weekly edition of The Sandy Post. They pay my livelihood in exchange for the passion I put into every week's newspaper and its online content.

If I sit in a Sandy City Council meeting from 6 p.m. to midnight, they are paying me to sit there, to take photos, to interview people if needed, to go home and sit in my apartment and write up that story before the next morning's deadline. They are also paying my boss to edit the story, our designers to lay it out on a page, our advertising team to sell ads to accompany the story on the page, our press team to print that newspaper and circulation to deliver the paper to you.

My time, my colleagues' time, not to mention the ink, paper and delivery services used to get that end product to you, aren't free to us.

And, if I may be so bold, that means the content I create shouldn't be free to you.

Digitally, or in tangible print copy, my work is worth something. Just like how any other creator's products are worth a price, so is The Sandy Post, and its sister publications across the state.

I won't candy-coat it: For me to continue doing what I love, providing you with informative and entertaining content, I need you to subscribe.

Whether you've realized it or not, I am the only news reporter for the Post. Besides me, we have technically one-third of a sports reporter also contributing to our weekly product, aside from an editor/publisher who oversees three news publications in print and online.

We are The Sandy Post.

We are who you're investing in by subscribing: the people who live and work in your neighborhoods, support your schools, nonprofits and events, and tell your stories.

Can you invest in us?

Go to www.savinglocalnews.com to see how you can help.

Brittany Allen the news reporter for the Sandy Post.


You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.

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