The Waterland Blog is a truly local, independent, family-run ‘hyperlocal’ news website covering Des Moines since 2008, and provided free to Readers thanks to much-appreciated advertising support from our great local business community.
However, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has suddenly changed all of that. As businesses shutter due to the sudden decrease in revenue, sadly they have also laid off employees, shut doors and stopped generating income – deeply hurting our entire region, state, country and well…the entire world!
This has obviously trickled down to us, your leading local online news website. You may have seen announcements from other news organizations in our area stating closure of print operations and layoffs of employees. The good news is, we have always been 100% digital, keeping our operating costs low, while continually striving to provide the local news that you will not find elsewhere.
And we vow to keep doing so, no matter what happens.
If you value our local coverage, please consider supporting us at a level that makes sense for you. We have partnered with PressPatron to make it easy for you to contribute on a monthly basis, or a simple one time donation (just click the red “Become a supporter” button below). Whatever amount or frequency you choose (even a one-time, $1 buck donation helps!), it’s all good, and it will help us keep our pixels updating with the most current and relevant hyperlocal coverage of Des Moines news, politics, arts, business, crime, COVID-19 news, events and more.
The Waterland Blog is managed by Scott and Theresa Schaefer, who’ve lived in the area since 1995, have raised two children, been involved in local communities supporting numerous non-profits, arts and community events and fundraisers to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars of in-kind sponsorships over 12+ years in business.
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#COVID19 is impacting businesses across our state, including local newspapers. But the work of journalists bringing us timely, accurate information is more important than ever.
If you can, please consider becoming a subscriber to your hometown paper or supporting local radio.
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) April 8, 2020