Black Press launches two free weeklies in Seattle suburbs

Black Press, the newspaper corporation based out of British Columbia, announced last week that they will launch two new weeklies in Washington State in the affluent suburbs of Seattle.

Published by Black’s subsidiary, King County Publications, the Issaquah Reporter and Sammamish Reporter will be available for free on Fridays starting September 14. According to the Seattle Times, the new papers will be in direct competition with weeklies produced by The Seattle Times Co. Total combined circulation is expected to be around 32,000 according to Don Kendall, general manager of Black’s King County Publications.

The publications join upwards of 30 other weekly and twice-weekly newspapers that Black Press already publishes in that region.

In the article Kendall was quoted as saying, “Our goal is to have a paper on every doorstep on the east side of Lake Washington.”

Black Press also owns two other U.S. publications; the Akron Beacon Journal and Honolulu Star-Bulletin.