Deer Park is about to go Inside.
InsideDP.com, Deer Park’s newest and most comprehensive source for Deer Park news, events, sports and features launched this morning. The online publication is the brainchild of local businessmen looking for a new service venture to the community.
“We’re looking to offer residents and business owners an alternative means of receiving their news,” said Gerald Cothran, lead investor of InsideDP.com. “InsideDP.com is a project that can and will involve the entire Deer Park community in that it will only have Deer Park-related content.” InsideDP.com’s coverage area includes all of the city of Deer Park and the Deer Park Independent School District service area.
“If it happens in Deer Park, our readers will hear about it,” Cothran said. “They won’t need to worry about digging through Pasadena, Clear Lake or Baytown news to find what they are looking for, unless it directly affects us in Deer Park.” With a product focusing solely on Deer Park, readers will always be up-to-date on the latest in local news, sports and events “InsideDP.com is for Deer Park and is produced by people who care a lot about this community,” said Ryan Taylor, also an investor in the venture. “I think it’s important that people know that everyone involved has a deep connection to this community and its well-being.”
The website features coverage of Deer Park government, education, sports, crime, business and general news. InsideDP.com will be updated every day as news happens around the community. By each Monday, the site will be completely refreshed. With its hyper-local coverage, Ken Donnell, also involved in the formation of InsideDP.com, said the website will become a gathering point for citizens and business owners. “As a community, we are concerned and passionate about what goes on in our neighborhoods,” he said. “We will give our readers the news about the people, places and events they visit and deal with in their everyday lives, with Deer Park being the common thread.”
“Deer Park is such a close-knit community and many things that affect our neighbors affect us,” said Bobby Vasquez, editor of InsideDP.com. “In Deer Park, we live together, play together and worship together. Our kids go to the same schools and play sports together. We shop at Deer Park stores. That’s what we are going to capture with InsideDP.com.”
Vasquez is no stranger to community news services in Deer Park. He has more than 10 years of journalism experience, with five of those years in Deer Park. He graduated Deer Park High School in 1996 and attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena and Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) University in San Marcos.
InsideDP.com offers unlimited retail, classified and announcement advertising space on its website with reasonable rates. “In these tough economic times, people need a reason to spend their money, whether you are a retailer or a customer,” Vasquez said. “For as little as $20 a week, a business can advertise on our site. We don’t want our Deer Park businesses to break their banks re-investing in the community they support.”
Although InsideDP.com will be exclusively online initially, there are plans to make the paper a printed product in the near future.
“That all depends on the community,” Cothran said. “Right now, we want to concentrate on securing InsideDP.com’s place in Deer Park. As the demand grows, we will prepare to go to print.