Your RVP Needs YOU.

Fall Membership Drive Kicks-Off Today: Your RVP Needs YOU!

Dear Readers,

Some of you may know that – despite our sophisticated look, comprehensive coverage and generous content contributors – your RVP is powered by not much more than an ultra-dedicated Rainier Valley mom with an old laptop and a passion for informing and engaging the community.

And while it’s a pleasant surprise to have gained such a dedicated following, wealth of community support and numerous paid advertisers over the last three years, your humble editor/publisher has even higher hopes for the south-end’s only independent daily source for news, information, events, discussion, opinion and community building that has drawn so much attention to our remarkable community.

For instance:

  • Hire youth interns and freelance writers to cover community issues
  • Provide video of south-end community meetings, such as Crime Prevention Council, Southeast District Council, etc.
  • Create new & improved Eat Page with regular Rainier Valley restaurant reviews and Customer Service Challenge
  • Conduct Best of SE Seattle Readers Choice Poll 2010 & Rainier Valley Shop Local Challenge 2010
  • and much more!

But I need your help. In order to grow and continue to provide the community coverage that so many of you have come to rely on, I need you to please take a moment to make a non-tax deductible donation.

Every little bit helps, and we’re even offering membership benefits and thank you gifts in appreciation for your support in securing the future of your RVP. Please see those details below.

In gratitude & appreciation,

Amber Campbell
RVP Editor/Publisher

RVP Membership Levels
Members enjoy discounts and specials from participating RVP sponsors, as well as thank you gifts indicated below.

  • $25 =  Friends With Benefits (FWB) – RVP sticker
  • $50 = Best Friends For Now (BFFN) – RVP mug
  • $100 = Best Friends For Life (BFFL) – RVP hat + two-week ad space
  • $250 = Best Friends Forever (BFF) – RVP hoodie + one-month ad space

Don’t do PayPal?
Snail mail check to Rainier Valley Post, 7641 46th Ave. S., Seattle WA 98118. THANK YOU!

15 comments on “Fall Membership Drive Kicks-Off Today: Your RVP Needs YOU!

  1. Community news is useful if the news is truly useful, educated and informed. That is — it is not manipulated by those with political power or money, in positions of authority (including out of the public eye), who work to move forward their political agendas via well-meaning, everyday people. Especially through those who choose to run a community news hub and have no formal training in journalism or how to conduct objective journalistic research.

    The intent here is surely good. I believe there is room for improvement, if you are **really** passionate about this community. What I see here is a regurgitation of information that is handed down from political players from up on high. I see little in-depth research. I see few or no questions of the “story” that’s handed down.

    I see no examination here of the fact that South Seattle has been chosen by the United Nations as a sustainable development incubation site, or who the ringleaders are in our community who are pushing this very (!!) well-funded political agenda. How did you think this was going to affect the community once the US dollar finally collapses ?

    I see no examination here of where the drugs are imported from that end up in this community. I see no examination of how much money this represents to the local economy, or who’s hands this money flows through.

    I see no examination of the possibility of the bribing of public officials by corrupt organizations in South Seattle, such as the Asian mafia or international gangs that reside here. It has happened before, Why not now? How is it that we have health officials writing tickets to local food businesses while obviously corrupt gambling dens serve food with no food permits of any kind? Just one example…

    If you want to report in the hard-hitting issues, you are going to have to stick your neck out. This likely isn’t going to happen with a mom with no journalistic research or investigative background.

    What you need to do is begin asking for help from folks who do care about the community, who are not political players, not leading members of nonprofits organizations, not folks from local political party groups, or radio hosts, or popular bloggers, who are not already feeding from the hand of higher authorities or powers — and this includes govt employees. You need people who challenge the status quo — or nothing is ever going to change for the better. Many of the people who are happy to give direction are already on the payroll of big political players, and may of them don’t even know they are being manipulated.

    If you are passionate, you take risks for what you believe. That’s real journalism and that’s what this community needs. You want a following? Take on the big issues, and they will come. In droves.

    Do that, and people will donate hundreds of dollars at a time. Become a community asset and not just a manipulated information outlet.

  2. Christ bardo, seems like you have a lot of ideas for what Amber should do. You must be really accomplished. I bet your blog gets a lot more interest from the citizens of this community than the RVP, right? What’s it called again?

  3. All that sounds great, but pray tell, where would someone like Amber get the resources for that sort of investigative journalism? Tracking international drug cartels from their source to the streets of S. Seattle, you just signed her up for a project that would cost well north of $200K (at least) and years of work. Well meaning locals with no agenda or political ties aren’t gonna get the job done, though they would be a crucial foundation for such a story.

    Basically, unless you are putting your time and money where your mouth is, I don’t think you are in much of a position to criticize. True investigative journalism is dying and its death is a blow to our society; however, a barebones neighborhood blog does not have the resources to accomplish these projects and shouldn’t be expected to do so. Give to RVP because its good at what it can be good at and strives for something greater. Maybe a few years of strong community support will put Amber in a position to be more ambitious.

    Newspapers were and are split into beat reporters and investigative teams because putting out daily copy is a full time job and so is investigative reporting. You want investigative reporting, give hundreds of dollars to RVP now so that it can start building a staff of reporters. You know why papers cut their investigative staffs first? Because they don’t make any money off of them. Daily copy is what brings advertisers and viewers. You can’t have investigative teams without beat reporters unless you receive large amounts of funding from organizations that don’t require a return on their investment but instead invest money for the good of society. That money is hard to come by.

    Want to see how a non-profit investigative news organization forms, check out InvestigateWest, It is focused solely on investigative journalism from a non-profit model. It also has Columbia City roots. Their success has been no easy task and its future is never guaranteed. All the reporters are professionals from the PI.

    I think RVP is great and will hopefully continue to improve. Thanks Amber.

  4. Anger Mgmt class is working but I’m really bothered that every time there is a call for help, someone wants to point out flaws with the RVP.

    I happen to like my news straight without the coke chaser because I’m fed BS all day from big media and other blogs who are too afraid of upsetting the “man” and his peeps.

    @ Bardo what a punk move to sit back and criticize someone who has been dedicated to giving her guts to this community.

  5. “Anger Mgmt class is working but I’m really bothered that every time there is a call for help, someone wants to point out flaws with the RVP.”

    Tasha, you aren’t the one who stabbed the girl in Bellevue while watching the Dr. Phil video are you? J/K

  6. Jeez, Bardo, you peed in your Cherrios this morning? You criticize the Rainier Valley Post (RVP) for failing to accomplish what the mainstream media do not achieve — and you are condescending and snarky in the process. If the RVP does not meet your lofty expectations, perhaps you ought not be a free rider/free loader.

  7. Dear Third Bardo,

    Why don’t you offer to write an in-depth article for the RVP? If you research and write this article, it will take your time to pull city / court records and trace the flow of the dollars. To be fair, no community website is perfect but it can be strengthened with dedicated writers. And I thank Amber for her dedication!

  8. Okay, laughing over this alone is worth the $25! I wish I had the extra cash to sport the $250 and get the hoodie!

  9. “Okay, laughing over this alone is worth the $25! I wish I had the extra cash to sport the $250 and get the hoodie!”

    Maybe the editor will let you put it on lay away.

  10. Ok, so maybe RVP isn’t but so what? Go to the home page and see the reasons why we love it here.

    I’m a single mom so I applaud her just for being able to operate a site. I can barely put lotion on most days.

    So I will be putting my money where my mouth is and even figuring out if there is something I can do to contribute on some level.

    Let me know when that customer service challenge is…I know where Im headed first.

  11. Dear Third Bardo;

    Thank you for expressing a dissenting opinion. It is your right, after all…to come on here all heated about the UN (ahem, crazy at it sounds to people trying to live their lives and pay rent/buy food whilst not getting shot or mugged by an armed toddler on the 7 etc.)

    I won’t try to dissuade you from your highly agitated state regarding the eventual collapse of the US Dollar, although I wonder why it is if this were to occur we’d be too worried about the UN declaring SS an “incubation site” for sustainable dev…I’m thinking I’d be more concerned about not being able to buy my cheap foreign BluRay player… Matter of fact if the US Dollar collapses I think I’d be f*cked in many more ways than SE Seattle’s UN proliferated sustainable development. *shrug*-maybe jus me.

    But to my point.. I think you’ve managed to do something that happens lil too often around here. That’s to elicit a round of applause from everyone else who appreciates what the RVP-all to often a “one woman show”, manages to put on for our benefit.

    So thank you “Third Bardo”. And I’d fast forward that 45 to the track, “Lose Your Mind”. Stop listening to “Five Years Ahead of My Time”. I think it’s f’d with ya. jus sayin’.

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