In Fairness To The Seattle Times

Hard to believe I’m typing this, but what’s fair is fair.

I’ve been dealing with two representatives from the Seattle Times – conversations that generated my screed about the Times two weeks ago. To their credit, they have now met with me at least three times and have not shied away at all from my criticisms. Instead, they have been willing to take their lumps and tried to look at the Times from the perspective of a small market potential advertiser in a (very) specialty field.

Today’s discussion revolved around a POSSIBLE new feature section of the Times that would actually be devoted to motorsports and paid for my motorsports suppliers, who would get in depth coverage in return. I don’t know if the concept will go anywhere, but I have to compliment the two women on the quality of their preparation for our meetings and their willingness to accept some harsh realities about the newspaper business today. I have also forwarded them a lot of ideas and the promise to provide them with names and e-mails of people who could help make this section a reality.

Fingers crossed that something good comes of it.

copyright Dave Preston 2011

About david

I am a 69 year old motorsports nut who lives in Bothell, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I have been married forever and have two grown children. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Bonneville T 120 , a Triumph Thruxton, a Fiat 500S and a VW Tiguan. What else would you like to know?
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