Route 1 Reporter

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About Route 1 Reporter

Hello, and welcome to Route 1 Reporter's Patreon page. This is where you manage your subscriber, or "patron," settings. To read Route 1 Reporter's coverage, go to I'm the editor, Michael Theis, and I'd like to thank you for your support. Your subscription helps fund in-depth beat coverage of politics, policy and policing in Prince George's County, Maryland. 

Route 1 Reporter is a subscription-based local news website focused on – as its name suggests – the public policy news coming out of Prince George's County's Route 1 communities, including (but not limited to) Mount Rainier, Hyattsville and College Park. 

I'm a journalist with more than 10 years experience covering local news. Some of you may already know me. I was the editor of the local news website Hyattsville Patch between 2011 and 2013, when Patch's parent company laid off most of its reporters. I took my skills to Austin, where I worked as a staff writer and editor for a business newspaper. Recently, my fiancée's career fortunes took us back to Prince George's County. You can get a summary of my entire career on LinkedIn.

I grew up here. My earliest memory is scraping my knee playing in a Mount Rainier park near my parent's modest apartment as a toddler. In Hyattsville, I watched as the Prince George's Plaza Metro Station rose above the horizon behind my childhood home. From my teenage home in College Park, I ventured out upon the Anacostia tributary trails to explore the region's slivers of natural beauty. I'm a proud alum of Hyattsville and Paint Branch elementary schools, Nicholas Orem Middle School, and DeMatha Catholic High School. I have deep ties within this community, I believe it has a lot to offer to those who choose to live and work here, and I want to see our community prosper in an equitable manner. 

That's all a very long way of saying that I care deeply about these vibrant communities, which – collectively – I consider to be my hometown. Presently, I feel that my hometown lacks a comprehensive outlet-of-record to hold elected officials and businesses accountable to the public. The D.C. region's larger news outlets provide only a paucity of coverage in Prince George's County. The smaller outlets are either singularly-focused, topically limited, or lack a real stake in the community. The result is an ill-informed community, one whose civic debates bend toward reactionary hyperbole. I believe I can help to create a better-informed community by offering a higher quality of news coverage for Prince George's Route 1 communities. That's why I am launching Route 1 Reporter.

As I wrote earlier, I'll be producing "in-depth beat coverage" of the news coming out Prince George's County's Route 1 municipal communities. On a weekly basis, that means I'll be attending multiple public meetings in cities and towns up and down Route 1 every week to document and report on the debates therein. I also bring significant skills to bear with investigative reporting as well as data analysis and visualization. I plan to use these skills to produce in-depth enterprise reporting on law enforcement accountability, economic development and political influence in the Route 1 corridor and Prince George's County.

Journalism is a resource-intensive activity, and journalists cannot eat page views. Your subscription patronage helps compensate our journalists for the time and effort required to produce beat coverage of an area with multiple municipal governments to track. The goal is to build a sustainable news operation by generating enough revenue to equitably hire additional freelance writers to develop Route 1 Reporter's news-gathering infrastructure. 
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When I reach 1,000 subscribers, I'll be able to hire – and equitably compensate – freelance writers to produce monthly long-form special reports on topics crucial to Prince George's County's Route 1 communities.
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