Route 1 Reporteris creating local journalism in Prince George's County.
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By popular demand, Route 1 Reporter offers an "Honor System" group rate of $3 per reader per month, starting at $6 per month. This tier is designed for households and organizations that regularly want or need to share Route 1 Reporter coverage and clips with two or more individuals. It's ideal for locally-focused nonprofits, city councils and government agencies that routinely distribute relevant press clippings among their staff or executive leadership.
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1) Count the number of individuals among whom you plan to regularly distribute Route 1 Reporter clips.
2) Multiply that number by $3, subtract the $6 base charge. This is your monthly pledge/subscription price.
3) ***Make sure you have selected the "Honor-system group rate" tier***
4) At checkout, use the "Choose What you Pay" function to edit the base charge of $6 and enter the amount you calculated in step 2. From there, you can complete the checkout process.
WHAT IS ROUTE 1 REPORTER?
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.
WHO ARE YOU?
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.
WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
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.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO EXACTLY?
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.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO READ THE ARTICLES?
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.