When we were first thinking about starting What’s Up Prince William, we had one goal: to tell the stories of our communities, and focus on the “good news” that’s happening all around us.
This month we celebrate our two-year anniversary, and what a whirlwind it has been.
In the past two years we’ve published 2,000+ articles, created almost 500 videos, covered more than 40 non-profits and 50 businesses, while telling the unique story of who we are and where live.
We’ve been able to help you find events happening in your neighborhood for the weekend, what’s happening in local government, and assist organizations like Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS) in promoting the IWALK to raise funds for the work they do in Prince William.
The relationships we’ve built with individuals, organizations, and our readers has been incredible – and we’re just getting started.
What’s Up Prince William recently became a member of the Virginia Press Association, and their new member spotlight brought back a lot of memories and insights that are worth sharing.
One of my favorite excerpts from that piece:
What’s Up Prince William started after many conversations between the publisher and I about what was missing from the community, and what we could do to give back. We realized that a lot of news coverage in the Prince William County area was modeled after the “if it bleeds, it ledes” concept, and between crime news and political coverage, a lot of the “good news” in the area was being left out. We saw all of these great stories from non-profits and individuals making a difference, and realized we could be a voice for the community in that way, while filling a niche in news.
As we continue to grow, we’re not 100% sure the path we’ll take, but one thing you can be certain of is that we remain committed to telling you the good news you need to know about our community.
So don’t be afraid to reach out with your comments, suggestions, and story ideas, and we can continue that growth together.
Editor, What’s Up Prince William