As Bellevue’s local news source, our mission is to educate, inform and enlighten, and to strive to be the voice of and for the community.
Every day our goal is to tell the stories that matter to Bellevue, and to provide insight into what’s affecting our diverse and evolving city and the people who live and work here.
Part of that mission also means expanding lines of communication within our community — with our readers, business leaders, community leaders, local officials, city officials, politicians, partners and staff. When times are good and there’s positive news, we want to be the first ones to hear about and share it with the community. It’s equally true when the news isn’t so positive, or when we report on a tragedy or loss with sensitivity.
In this busy, ever-changing world, it’s also paramount that the Bellevue Reporter gets the news to you as fast as possible. But accuracy, fairness and balance will always trump speed.
The Bellevue Reporter wants to do an even better job. We also want to know what we should be covering that we haven’t yet. What have we covered that you’ve enjoyed? Where can we make a bigger impact in the community? Who or what is something we should profile, investigate or explore?
Over the course of the next several months we’ll be rolling out new features, both online and in print. We’re also be compiling lists of topics that examine the health, politics, crime, education, arts and businesses of the area. Articles that go beyond just the who, what, where, when and why, and truly dive into the story being told.
But it is a two-way street. For the Bellevue Reporter to truly be the community’s news source, we need to hear from you. Our readers are the extra eyes, ears, and noses in the community and often they provide tips, knowledge or background critical to a story. As we shape the next chapter of the
Bellevue Reporter, we want our readers to be a part of how we create it.
We’ve also begun developing the outlines for a community advisory board. Ideally members would meet once a month for an hour or so and discuss what’s going on in the area along with what’s coming up ahead.
We would share what we’re working on and our advisory board partners could bring ideas to the table for future issues and or discuss something already written. Let us know who you think should join us on it. We also want to know your thoughts and ideas about any topic you think is newsworthy. Write us a letter to the editor, send us an email, post on our Facebook page, give us a Tweet, give us a call or send us a carrier pigeon. We like telling the story of Bellevue, and we want to hear and to learn from you!
Editors note: William Shaw is the Publisher of the Bellevue Reporter. His professional career includes the Bellevue-based JournalAmerican, the Eastside Journal, and the King County Journal,. He was on staff when the Bellevue Reporter published its first edition.