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What do you think about news from beyond the coulee?

For the last few weeks, The Star has carried some stories from Olympia, written by student journalism interns serving as reporters in the news service of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, of which The Star is a member.

I serve on WNPA's board of directors, am a past president, and help edit a few of the stories when tapped on digital shoulder by a dedicated retired publisher overseeing the Olympia bureau.

I try to pick stories most relevant to our local readers, although the students produce more than we could ever fit in.

The stories are well written and help to fill an increasing gap in reporting from our state capitol, which doesn't get nearly the coverage it once did, before the digital disruption of news descended.

That coverage is something the statewide WNPA Foundation is discussing trying to fund year round, not just when the Legislature is in session. As an editor of this newspaper, I'm wondering how much value our readers place in the service.

Readers can help answer that question by answering an online survey (only one question) or writing your comments and sending them in - by mail, email, Facebook comment, or online comments under this editorial.

See the survey below to answerl, or write to The Star at PO Box 150, Grand Coulee, WA, 99133, or email to The Star has a Facebook page @GrandCouleeStar and you can find us on Twitter @culestar.

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