It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since What’s Up Prince William was founded.
What began as a media outlet that covers Woodbridge news has grown to serve residents of Prince William County, and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
In November 2015, ST Billingsley was looking for a way to help non-profits and share the “good news” stories of Prince William County.
To meet these goals, Billingsley — with the help of Stephanie Tipple — established What’s Up Prince William.
Since then, What’s Up Prince William has partnered with area organizations and highlighted the great things they’re doing in the community.
These groups include Action in Community Through Service (ACTS), the Dale City Civic Association (DCCA), Project Mend-A-House (PMAH), and the Prince William County / Manassas Boys & Girls Club.
We have also told the stories of county residents — such as Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Advocate Lillian Garland and World War II Veteran Ernest Merle Hancock — and informed our readers of local issues and events.
Many media outlets focus on crime, politics or the most recent fatality.
But we’re choosing to take a different approach.
Instead of writing stories aimed toward receiving clicks, we are striving to meet the original mission we set three years ago — to provide you with the news that truly matters.
This year, our efforts were rewarded when we received awards from the Virginia Press Association (VPA), InsideNOVA and Prince William Times.
It’s very humbling to be recognized by leaders of the news industry.
Every person, non-profit and business has a story to tell.
We hope, as we begin another year, that you continue to help us share them.
Editor, What’s Up Prince William
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