Happy National Newspaper Week! I realize this isn’t a typical holiday celebrated in most households, but here at the Sun and in our office, it’s a big reason to celebrate.
If you’re reading this right now, you’re either a subscriber to the Sun, you picked up a copy at the store, or you’re reading one of our free articles online (thanks for reading!). By subscribing or advertising with us, you’re providing much needed support to the tiny but mighty staff at the Sun. Our staff is committed to covering local news including high school sports, city government and school board meetings, and highlighting the small businesses around town.
Rather than just telling you – Hey! Come buy a subscription right now! – let me back up by sharing the importance of even having a local newspaper and three reasons you should join our supporters.
#1 — The Sun is reliable. The obvious reason is… our local newspaper gives you access to real local news that can impact your daily life. Unlike social media content you scroll past, our content is gathered professionally, fact-checked, and edited prior to going to press or showing up on your screen. With social media, you can’t always trust what you read. Picking up a copy of the Sun though? No #fakenews here. We might make a spelling mistake here and there though. 😉 After all, we're only human.
#2 — The Sun is much more than print. Have you had a chance to visit sunnysidesun.com? If not, I really encourage you to. Our website has gone through a huge upgrade and is easily searchable so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. We also share content from our website to our social media channels, so you get the news you need when you want it and how you want it. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and see for yourself.
#3 — Local paper, local staff. The Sun is made up of a group of people you run into at the grocery store, and you might find one of us at popup markets around the area. Job, Debbie, and I are the management team; we all live in Sunnyside. Our sales team, Rachel and Amanda, also live in Sunnyside. Our primary reporter, Kennia, lives in Sunnyside. Our delivery team, Ozzie and Janet, guess what? They live in Sunnyside and Mabton.
As you may already know, the Sunnyside Sun (formerly Daily Sun News) has been operating in Sunnyside for more than 120 years. Since 2018, the Sun has been an independently owned and operated small business. We have been serving the community for that long and have no plans to stop. But we need your help.
If you live in Sunnyside or a neighboring city, subscribe to the Sun. We have a couple options available, including print delivery and access to our e-edition and website.
If you are a business owner in the area, advertise with us. A $22 ad is affordable for you and helps us continue our mission. If money’s tight, give me a call or message me on Instagram. I can personally work with you and come up with a plan that works for your budget.
The Sun makes a difference in your community in many ways, and that’s true every week, not just during National Newspaper Week!
Ileana Martinez is Media + Marketing Director at the Sunnyside Sun. She can help with any questions you have about the Sun at 509-837-4500 ext 115 or reach out on Instagram @marketingwithileana
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