Who We Are
How do you find out what’s happening in your community? Pick up a copy of one of Pierce County Community Newspaper Group’s (PCCNG) community newspapers: Tacoma Weekly, Fife Free Press or Milton-Edgewood Signal.
Our philosophy is to cover local news and events tailored to the communities we serve. While other newspapers often stretch out their coverage over a wide geographic area, we choose to focus on specific cities.
PCCNG, a locally owned and operated newspaper organization, has been the proud publisher of its flagship newspaper Tacoma Weekly for 20 years. Over the past two decades, Tacoma Weekly has developed a solid reputation as a reliable source of information for Tacoma.
Our emphasis is on events that impact the lives of our readers – action taken by local governments, how local high school sports teams are faring, what’s happening on local stages and where to go when readers have free time to enjoy.
PCCNG also publishes two newspapers serving suburbs of Tacoma. The Fife Free Press covers news from the city of Fife, Fife School District and local businesses. The Milton-Edgewood Signal serves the cities of Milton and Edgewood, covering news from both city governments as well as local school and business news.
A key to the success of the PCCNG is its dedicated and hard working staff. Our reporters are also members of the community. They live in the greater Tacoma area and make a point to attend local events and be active citizens in the community.
As we grow, we look forward to becoming an even greater and more important resource for area residents. Other cities in Pierce County have the potential to support local newspapers, and we will keep this in mind as we make decisions on future expansion of our business.
With our nonpartisan position, we will continue to voice a concern toward finding real solutions to problems rather than simply taking sides and naming names. Rather than pose as the “local authority” on events, we will continue to trust our readers to make their own decisions, providing details to help them make informed decisions on issues that affect all of our lives.
PCCNG began publishing Tacoma Monthly in 1987. In 1994, we began publishing each week and thus changed the paper’s name to Tacoma Weekly, which comes out every Thursday.
The newspaper has always been a free publication. It is distributed inside hundreds of businesses and public spaces in the Tacoma area. The paper underwent a major redesign in the summer of 2001. We switched from a tabloid format to a broadsheet format. This gave us considerable more space, allowing us to split the paper into two sections.
PCCNG launched the Fife Free Press, which is published every other week, in August 2003. It is distributed in various public locations in Fife and is also mailed to every business and residential address within the city limits of Fife, free of charge.
In January 2004, we started the Milton-Edgewood Signal, which is published every other week as well. It is also distributed free of charge to public locations in Milton and Edgewood.