SouthSoundTalk Writers Share Why They Love the Digital Media Site

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What does it mean to share stories about your community? For SouthSoundTalk writers, the answer is simple.

“I had no idea when I penned my first submission how rewarding it would be to contribute to SouthSoundTalk,” says writer Mariah Beckman. “It’s pretty great to feel like I’m a part of connecting our community of writers and readers to the brightest nooks and crannies of our collective neighborhood. I’m genuinely excited every time I get a new assignment because I feel like I’m shedding light on great organizations, the best eats, and the some of the most fun activities around where I live, work and play.”

Mariah Beckman
SouthSoundTalk writer Mariah Beckman enjoys sharing positive stories about unique organizations and non-profits doing good things the community, restaurants that offer up tasty eats, and profiles on our community’s shining stars and unsung heroes.

SouthSoundTalk writers all live, work, and play in the community. These paid, professional writers are your neighbors. They tell stories, on a daily basis, about our community.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without all the talented writers,” says Martin McElliott, Sales Manager for SouthSoundTalk. “They are brilliant and do such an incredible job of telling positive stories to our readers.”

“Through writing for SouthSoundTalk, I have gotten to meet local business leaders and creative alike, as well as learn more about things to do in the area,
says SouthSoundTalk writer Kristin Kendle. “I enjoy that I can help others who live, work and play in the same community I do learn more about what’s around them.”

Before joining the freelance writing team, SouthSoundTalk writers submit a writing sample, attend an interview, and are then invited to pitch story ideas. “Because our article ideas are generated by our writers, they are a solid reflection of the community,” explains SouthSoundTalk Publisher, Amy Rowley.

“SouthSoundTalk has found the balance between information and entertainment by providing readers with not only the news they need but the information they want to know and use in their lives,” says SouthSoundTalk writer Steve Dunkelberger. “Articles, which range from top places and events to visit to the ‘stories behind the stories’ of area locations, create a sense of place and community in one click and a roster of ‘must reads’ with another.”

Longtime journalist Steve Dunkelberger brings a unique perspective to the community-driven content he creates for SouthSoundTalk.
Longtime journalist Steve Dunkelberger brings a unique perspective to the community-driven content he creates for SouthSoundTalk.

Reach out to SouthSoundTalk’s publishing team and share your story ideas with us. Tell us what makes your neighborhood shine. Share a bit about a local business that makes a difference in your hometown. Describe the success of a local high school student.

“Our articles shed light on the good things happening in Pierce County,” summarizes SouthSoundTalk Founder, Dan Jones. “When community members interact with our team, we are appreciated for bringing good news back to Tacoma and the surrounding area.”

To share your story idea, send a note to

SouthSoundTalk is a digital media company sharing positive stories about people, places and businesses in Pierce County. SouthSoundTalk offers content marketing and online options to advertise across our community social network in Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakewood, Gig Harbor and beyond. Advertise with SouthSoundTalk to reach your target market, grow your brand, and measure results. 

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