When I asked if they ever covered national/global news, they said that they would cover national news on a local level. If someone in Kirkland is affected by a national news story, they’ll cover it. Carrie mentioned the BP oil spill as an example. I also asked them what their main competitors were. Their main competitor used to be the Kirkland Patch but they’ve apparently been having some problems. The competition never really impacted their revenue since only 7% of the Kirkland Reporter’s revenue comes from their online portion, and the Patch is online only. I also asked about community contributors. It seems like a lot of the contributions are from parents who write about their kids on sports teams. Sometimes those will get used if they can get enough information about the game. I believe they said that they get 1-2 contributors a week.
Contributed by Jason Herold