Introducing Loudoun Now

Welcome to Loudoun Now.

This is a community-based, community-focused journalism project aimed to fill a void created by the sudden closing of one of Loudoun’s two countywide newspapers last week.

This inaugural issue arrives in your hand as a result of an extraordinary undertaking by a relatively small group of people in a very few days. Many hadn’t met before, but they were brought together by one common interest: That is a belief that a community as large and engaged as Loudoun not only can support more than one newspaper, it needs a broader community voice.

Photo by Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now
Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now

Quickly joining the effort was a team of experienced journalists who offered to contribute in ways big and small. Those whose work is featured in this week’s issue are alumni of both Leesburg Today and the Loudoun Times-Mirror and, combined, bring more than a century of experience to these pages. Artists jumped in to help design the newspaper and website you see this week. These are projects that typically require weeks or months of planning and you can expect to see both evolve.

The community support was extraordinary on the advertising side, as well. The businesses in these pages made their commitments while knowing little about what the paper would be or even where it would be distributed. They, too, value the choices a competitive media market offers.

We look forward to adding your voice to the paper and to sharing your stories.

We look forward to earning your trust as both government watchdogs and community stewards.

And we look forward to hearing from you.

The Loudoun Times-Mirror this week observed that it was “A new day for news in Loudoun County.”

We agree.

17 thoughts on “Introducing Loudoun Now

  • 2015-11-15 at 5:00 am

    Welcome and if this inaugural edition is any indicator of what you plan to do, well done!

    The people’s challenge to you is this. Report deeper, with greater discipline and with editorial balance. Go beyond crime blotters, political bickering and bias. Tell us about the county so many now call home. While reporting to us about our present tell us about our past with stories of human and historical interest.

    Thank you and good luck. I look forward to the next run!

  • 2015-11-13 at 10:26 am

    There is hope!

    I was so saddened that we would be down to a one-paper county. I’ll leave it at that.

    This is like getting a wonderful present, completely by surprise.

    Thank you so much for doing this, and the very best to you! Here’s to your success!

  • 2015-11-12 at 11:58 pm

    I am so pleased to see that the Spirit of Brett Phillips is alive and well in folks like Norman and Margaret. I was really bummed when I saw the “news” about my beloved Leesburg Today et al had been scarfed up by Peter Arundel. I am a firm believer it is not the flag of a news product which makes it – it is the people who devote their lives and talents to ferreting out the real news and delivers it in readers’ papers and screens without bias or agenda.

    Leesburg Today earned the reputation for covering the issues which mattered based on the premise that the work product was created for the reader – NOT the powers which are. Brett started LT not as an “alternate voice” for news in Loudoun – but as THE VOICE – readers could trust. The people he hired not only to produce the news product, but also to interface with advertisers to meet their needs lived up to the creed.

    It was family … and when Brett retired he passed the reins to his long-time protege Norman Styer who kept the torch bright for many years – despite problems from exterior sources. Margaret Morton was also part of the soul of the paper and her mental Rolodex of the people she knows – and more importantly – KNOW HER would choke a data center. Whenever her byline appeared, readers not only devoured every word, but also TRUSTED what she said.

    It is a question of TRUST and Leesburg Today’s staff earned it because it was locally led and oriented. Readers and newsmakers alike knew that a call to the publisher would get NORMAN – not “the editor and publisher,” but a local man who cared about his hometown and county.

    Just because there is a legal amalgamation of Leesburg Today and the Arundel papers does not mean the soul of LT went with it. That soul is now a part of Loudoun Now and readers can breathe a sigh of relief because just because there is a name change on the flag doesn’t diminish the character and professionalism of the new principals of the publication.

    I am grateful for the time I spent at LT as editor of Loudoun Business several years ago. I learned so much from Brett, Norman, Margaret and others and miss the family dynamic of the staff.

    So – Godspeed Loudoun Now.

    David T. Hughes

  • 2015-11-12 at 10:53 pm

    Welcome. Thank you for filling the quality news void left by the demise of L2day. Please post information on subscription. I will happily help support this endeavor.

  • 2015-11-12 at 4:26 pm

    The Fourth Estate is firmly established in Loudoun County. When good journalists are in place, We the People have a voice and an accurate basis from which to make decisions. The Fourth Estate – the press – holds the government in check. Carry on! The Loudoun community is fortunate indeed to welcome Loudoun Now.

  • 2015-11-12 at 4:25 pm

    We are so delighted that there will be a paper that we can feel good about placing our advertising in. Best of Luck!

  • 2015-11-12 at 4:17 pm

    Glad to see this happen! I’m a design firm with many clients very upset by the take over and looking for other ways to advertise. please have someone contact me.

  • 2015-11-12 at 3:48 pm

    Wonderful news, congratulations! All of us at and HalfKing are excited and honored being included in your first issue today! Thank you.

  • 2015-11-12 at 3:45 pm

    So thrilled for you guys! So amazing how you pulled this together so quickly! What a great group. I wish you all the best! Woot!

  • 2015-11-12 at 1:33 pm

    Yes!!!!!! Great job guys and best of luck! All of you are top notch in your field and I know that Loudoun Now is going to be everything Leesburg Today was and so much more!

  • 2015-11-12 at 1:09 pm

    As a former Times-Mirror editor – if you blinked, you might have missed it – I’m delighted to see Loudoun Now stepping up so quickly after last week’s developments. My best wishes to all of you from Elvis Country.

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