The Island Guardian, Inc.

Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Washington

January 12, 2005

305 Blair Avenue, Friday Harbor, Washington  98250


A Message from the Publisher:

The Island Guardian was created by a number of local citizens from different islands in San Juan County with the goal of producing a locally owned and controlled news media, that had the county wide connections, and desire, to report an in-depth review of topics, ranging from government actions -and lack of action- to those general topics that may be of interest to the members of our community, and do so in a manner that will be both hard hitting and thought provoking, in editorials and factual in news reporting.  We also want to have fun, and yet serve a purpose. With that in mind, we have created the Weekly Nag, where the public can vent and suggest how our life style can be improved.  For the serious minded, It is the aim of the Guardian to present the views of the Left, the Right, and the Center, in the form of columns, guest editorials and letters to the editor.  Hard news will be just that: a statement of facts as we observe them. Under no circumstances will we reject any letters to the editor simply because we may disagree with the content, or feel it may influence public opinion in some way that we personally, or professionally, agree or disagree with.   


As a corporation we are selling stock in the corporation, and once the stock is sold it is our intent to produce a weekly printed paper that is widely distributed to all the islands.  Our revenue will be depended on the citizens of our county.  A minimum qualification to purchase stock is one must own property or reside in San Juan County.  We will not accept any out of county advertising if it is in direct competition with an existing service or business in the county .


We have started a new journey and we ask you to join us, not only as readers, but also as providers.


Thank you for taking the time to read this,


Jack W. Cory

360 378-8243


The Island Guardian

subscribes to

the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics


Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society's principles and standards of practice.

Seek Truth and Report It

Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

Journalists should:

Minimize Harm

Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.

Journalists should:

Act Independently

Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know.

Journalists should:

Be Accountable

Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.

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