As we near almost a month since the COVID-19 pandemic started to impact Idaho, I wanted to step back and say thank you.
Thank you to our readers. Thank you to our sponsors. Thank you to our BoiseDev FIRST members.
In the past few weeks, BoiseDev provided nearly 70 stories on COVID-19. Every single one of them free, without a paywall. But that’s not a special policy: Our stories are always free.
Here’s why: It’s important that a community has vital information on what is happening around them. Sometimes it’s a new restaurant. Sometimes it’s a controversial project. And sometimes it is a global pandemic that is reshaping our culture, society, businesses and infrastructure.
We have worked hard to let you know which local restaurants you can support. We launched Do Something Good to guide you to ways to give back. We helped people (more than 60,000 readers) navigate the Stay at Home Order. We’ve highlighted amazing community projects. We even provided ideas on how to bust weekend boredom.
BoiseDev is the only commercial news outlet in the area that is owned locally. The only one. When an advertiser supports this site or a new member signs up – the dollars stay here. We believe deeply in this community. We highlight local businesses. We feature local restaurants. We listen to the concerns of our readers and bring them the stories they want.
BoiseDev is local news, locally owned. It’s pretty simple. It keeps our focus tightly where it belongs. No national news, no filler stories. Just news that matters.
We don’t have a paywall because even folks who aren’t in a position to pay (especially now) deserve to know what’s happening. It’s critical.
And we’ve worked hard to build a business model that makes that possible.
It happens because of member support. Hundreds of Idahoans get our daily email newsletter filled with information and scoops. You can also make a direct contribution if membership doesn’t fit your budget.
It also happens because of strong local sponsors who believe in this service. SERVPRO of Boise, Thornton Oliver Keller, Idaho Central Credit Union, Saltzer Health, the Idaho AGC and Holland and Hart. When you support these businesses, you support BoiseDev.