Updated Feb. 20, 2013 — I get a lot of questions about why I started iLoveKent.net and what I get out of it. I started it as a simple blog last summer, but moved it to a larger, friendlier format a couple of months ago because it was getting more attention and I saw the need for information in our community growing. I wanted to provide a venue to talk about some of the businesses, events and people in Kent that I think are great but aren’t getting the exposure they deserve. Some that I’ve written about are clients, but the majority are not. When writing about a client, I will disclose that fact.
I’m not sure where the site is headed or what I eventually want to accomplish with it, but for now…
- The site is a free, community-based website.
- I post content on the site as I have time. I do it on a voluntary basis as a community service.
- I receive some advertising and sponsorship money for the site. It covers my hard costs, but not my labor costs. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the support of local businesses.
- Readers and members of the community occasionally send me items and events to post. I do so as I have time and at my discretion. I am the sole editor and publisher of the site and reserve the right to include or omit content as I see fit.
- When receiving information or photos from another source, I will ensure that I have permission to use that information and will provide credit to the original author/photographer.
- Readers comments are moderated the first time they submit a comment. After they have had a comment approved, future comments are automatically posted. I reserve the right to delete inappropriate or offensive remarks. This is a family-friendly site, and I intend to keep it that way.
- I invite members of the Kent community to submit guest posts and editorials for consideration and publishing. The original author will retain the copyright to his or her work, but grant permission to iLoveKent.net to publish the post or editorial.
- Occasionally, I hire staff to help keep the site updated. I oversee the content, so quality control is up to me.
- Any errors or omissions are strictly my own. If you find something that is inaccurate, please contact me at email@example.com, and I will make the corrections as soon as possible.
- As a member of the Kent community, I am frequently invited to political fundraisers such as campaign kick-offs, victory celebrations, etc. As a rule, I do not attend any such functions. I follow the Code of Ethics developed by the Society of Professional Journalists, and want to avoid the perception of any potential conflicts of interest. Since I may cover a particular candidate or official on iLoveKent.net, it is important that I maintain neutrality.
I welcome your input, feedback, content suggestions and ideas. I want this site to show some of the great things that Kent, Washington has to offer. Your input will help to make the site more useful, so keep those ideas coming! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dana Neuts, publisher