Columbian Publisher Ben Campbell has testified in favor of the bill. For us, the annual savings would be roughly equivalent to one reporter’s salary.
That’s a significant amount of money. Newspapers have been stretched and strained as our traditional business model was destroyed by the internet. Today many, if not most, Washington newspapers are losing money or barely breaking even, and are still reducing news staff to make ends meet. I know many people consider TikTok to be endlessly entertaining, but it won’t keep an eye on corrupt politicians, overreaching government or social injustice. That’s a job for a journalist.
The League of Women Voters of Washington hasn’t specifically endorsed the tax break but last week adopted a position stating, “The League of Women Voters of Washington believes it is the responsibility of the government to support credible local journalism that includes comprehensive reporting which informs the public about the decisions and actions of their government, and which holds civic and social leaders accountable to their constituents.”
“Regardless of any support that might be provided, control of all content must remain exclusively with the news organizations,” added the league’s president, Lunell Haught.
If you want to weigh in, an easy way to do so is to call the Legislative Hotline at 800-562-6000.
If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know that there is a lot of delicious food. But I don’t think I have ever seen quite so many doughnuts in one place as I saw in the newsroom on Thursday.
The Life team is working on an upcoming feature on local shops, and of course that meant trying a few. And, by a few, I mean a few dozen. It’s going to be a fun story, so watch for it in near future. But now, I need coffee.