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.
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.”