The Island Free Press is the first and only online newspaper serving both Hatteras and Ocracoke islands’ locals and visitors.
made its debut on Sept. 5, 2007 and has grown since then in coverage,
content, and popularity with readers on and off the islands. The
mission of The Island Free Press is to cover the people, the issues,
and the happenings that are constantly shaping our Hatteras and
Free Press covers and posts the news as it happens, and its writers
explain the past, examine the present, and explore the future for
residents and visitors alike. Writers familiar to island readers cover
everything from recreation to education, from policies to politics, and
Shooting the Breeze Blog puts all this in perspective.
The goal of
The Island Free Press is not to just provide more information about the
islands, but to encourage a better conversation about the issues that
face islanders and visitors every day. We believe that the extensive,
interesting, and varied content in our newspaper will serve our
communities and at the same time attract the wide cross-section of
readers that our advertisers want to reach.
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- The Island
Free Press has claimed its place as the most read newspaper serving
locals and our visitors of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
- Driven by
e-mail, forwarded links, social media and top search engine presence,
The Island Free Press has been endorsed as the #1 source for beach
access and Bonner bridge issues by local businesses, other websites,
and access groups.
- The newspaper has become the “daily read” for Hatteras and Ocracoke residents and visitors.
- Each year our readership continues to grow. Our readers are your potential customers.
- More than 6,500 readers have signed up for weekly, breaking news e-mail alerts.
- The Island
Free Press is an interactive form of marketing that can be updated or
changed up to three times a month at no additional cost. Your ad is
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in The Island Free Press is not just a seasonal return on your
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days a week, and 365 days a year -- whether it’s locals and island
enthusiasts reading their daily news, visitors planning their next
trip, or vacationers looking for things to do and places to go while
- Since we strive to serve local businesses and are sensitive to the seasonal economy of our area, payment plans can be made.
- With more
than 20 years local advertising experience, we know how to get your
message into the hands of locals, vacationers and property owners.
with the Island Free Press makes the Island Free Press possible and
also gives your business the premium exposure it deserves. It's a
win-win for your business and our community.
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|ISLAND FREE PRESS ADVERTISING BONUSES
- Index of Advertisers Page
– This page is designed especially for our readers. The index puts
Lodging, Restaurants, Shopping, Things To Do, etc. at our reader's and
your customer's fingertips.
- You will
receive a FREE email blast ($200 value) that is emailed to 6,500 of our
readers that signed up for weekly, breaking news e-mail alerts.
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is the co-owner and editor of The Island Free Press. She has been
visiting Hatteras for more than 35 years and has lived here since 1991.
She is a veteran journalist who edited The Island Breeze on Hatteras
for 16 years after 22 years as a reporter and editor at The
Courier-Journal, a statewide newspaper based in Louisville, Ky. Nolan
was managing editor of the newspaper for the last five years of her
tenure there, and during that time the newspaper staff won a Pulitzer
Prize for general news reporting on a church bus crash, caused by a
drunk driver, that killed 27 people, most of them children. She can be reached at [email protected].
Donna Barnett is
the co-owner, graphic designer, and Web master. A Richmond, Va.,
native, she has been visiting Hatteras Island all of her life and spent
her childhood summers in Salvo. She spent 10 years as a paralegal in
Richmond and moved to Hatteras in 1997, shortly before her marriage to
Hatteras native Charlie Barnett. They live in Hatteras village with
their daughter Hannah. She worked as a graphic designer for The Island
Breeze for 10 years before joining The Island Free Press. Donna is also
active in her church, community organizations and is Vice President of
the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Fairbanks is
an advertising sales representative. She was born and raised in
Virginia Beach and graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College. After four
years in banking and finance, she moved to Hatteras Island in
1996 after many years of "chasing the surf" here. She has owned a dive
shop and boat and worked in sales for The Outer Banks Explorer Southern
edition. She is active in the community, including the schools and Girl
Scouts. She and her husband, John, a retired Coast Guardsman, live in Frisco
with their four children. She can be reached at [email protected].
~Writers / Photographers~
Joy Crist is
a staff writer and columnist. She grew up in western
Massachusetts and graduated from North Carolina State University with a
degree in English and a concentration in language, writing, editing.
She has been a Hatteras Island resident since 1998 and has worked in
marketing and information technology. She joined the Island Free Press
team when the newspaper was started in September 2007. Her work has
also appeared in a number of regional Outer Banks websites and
lives in Avon with her dog, multiple cats, and long-suffering but
extremely gracious husband. When she’s not writing, Joy can be found
obsessively scouring the beach for seashells or traveling to the
mountains to see what life is like above sea level.
Joy can be reached at [email protected].