ABOUT THE ISLAND FREE PRESS
The Island Free Press is Hatteras and Ocracoke islands’ first and only online newspaper.
newspaper 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
It is edited and co-owned by Irene Nolan, who lives on and loves these islands and who knows their people and their issues.
Island 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 the Editor’s Blog puts all this in perspective.
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.
WHO WE ARE
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.
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, 12. She worked as a graphic designer for The
Island Breeze for 10 years before joining The Island Free Press staff.
Donna is also active in community organizations and is Vice President
of the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.
Liza Hutter Lutz
is the advertising sales manager for The Island Free Press. She
moved to the Outer Banks in 1994 from Maryland, where she was the
manager of Papa’s Garden, a clothing and specialty shop. After
managing the Duck and Kill Devil Hills stores for Papa’s Garden, she
moved to Hatteras in 1997 to manage a store here. In 2000, she began
working in advertising sales for The Island Breeze, a job she held for
five years. She married Matt Lutz in 2004. The couple left
Hatteras in 2007 and relocated to Chesapeake, Va., and eventually to
Baltimore, Md. Liza and Matt, however, missed the Outer Banks too much
and moved back in 2012. They live in Kitty Hawk with their daughters
Isabel, 8, and Chloe, 4.
SUPPORT THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER THAT
SUPPORTS YOU AND YOUR ISSUES
- The Island Free Press is in its sixth year as the first and only online newspaper that serves Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
newspaper covers and posts news as it happens. Writers explain the
past, examine the present, and explore the future of the islands.
- The newspaper has become the “daily read” for Hatteras and Ocracoke residents and visitors.
- The Island Free Press has claimed its place as the fastest growing and most read newspaper in our area.
by e-mail, forwarded links, and a rapidly increasing search engine
presence, The Island Free Press has been endorsed as the #1 source for
beach access issues by local businesses, other websites, and access
- In 2012, the IFP averaged more than 5 million hits monthly from an average of 38,000 unique readers (IP’s).
- On average 30% of visitors to our site are new.
- We maintain a low bounce rate - that means people are spending time on our site - an average of 2 minutes per page.
- More than 5,400 readers have signed up for weekly, breaking news e-mail alerts.
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 seasonality of our area, payment arrangements can be made.
more than 20 years local advertising experience, we know how to get
your message into the hands of locals, vacationers and property owners.
have the audience you want to reach, and we can give you more readers
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