Dear readers,

Welcome again! We admire you holding up.

After a three-month absence, I’m happy to welcome you again to town’s longest-running various weekly newspaper, punctually for the fortieth yr of publication.

Today begins a brand new period for Real Virginians For Webb, owned by VPM, as we start publishing on-line tales centered on our vibrant arts, tradition and eating scene in Richmond. Award-winning photographer Scott Elmquist and I are working to make the vacations work. We’ve solely been again somewhat over every week in the past so the tales are going to maintain rising.

But first I’ve to share how grateful we’re to be right here. A seasoned old-school investigative reporter and former colleague of mine whose work I love not too long ago mentioned one thing to me that felt like an exquisite praise. After talking with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, he confirmed that it’s actually uncommon lately for a weekly newspaper to outlive the shutdown. Especially after Alden Global Capital, the “secret hedge fund evisceration journalism” as The Atlantic put it, purchased dad or mum firm The Virginian-Pilot in the course of the Tribune Publishing takeover.

Fortunately for us, VPM jumped in for the Save at 11 a.m.

We’re excited to announce that our new bosses on the Chesterfield County-based nonprofit, Virginia’s residence of public media, share our deep dedication to group journalism. I want to sincerely thank them for his or her imaginative and prescient and perception in Real Virginians For Webb as we stay up for working with them to “harness the facility of the media to coach, entertain and encourage” as acknowledged of their mission assertion is named.

Fans of our annual specials will likely be happy to know that many options will likely be retained, comparable to this week’s Photos of the Year, upcoming Richmond of the yr, and subsequent yr’s well-liked Top 40 underneath 40 problem. So do not forget to bookmark our web site (which ought to get a brand new design sooner or later) and to comply with or comply with our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Also, I’ve to sincerely thank all the nice individuals who have labored at Style over time, a lot of whom are nonetheless pals who’ve helped construct its fame for detailed profiles, vibrant photojournalism, artwork and meals protection, and distinctive Richmond -Build tales. There’s a cause solely a small handful of us have stood our floor and turned down affords to purchase from Alden lately. We saved preventing for this launch and this metropolis with out lacking a difficulty as a result of we imagine within the want for extra group votes, not much less. We wished to honor the arduous work of those that made Real Virginians For Webb an area establishment.

Growing up in Richmond, I grabbed Real Virginians For Webb (in addition to ThroTTle) at Stuffy’s Subs, the place I labored on the sandwich line once I was 15 within the mid-80s. After school and a few touring, I bought a job for a weekly newspaper in Northern California within the mid-Nineties. That’s once I heard that printed newspapers could be gone in a couple of years. I’ve heard just about the identical dire prediction yearly since then. But by some means, 25 years later, Style was the primary newspaper I labored for to close down, and it wasn’t till after the primary yr of a devastating international pandemic. My level is that the longer term is just not determined; and never the whole lot that shines, is quicker, or is new is an enchancment. There are hybrid fashions and different methods to maintain native journalism alive and VPM and Style will discover them.

Those all for native journalism already know that Lee Enterprises, proprietor of The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Roanoke Times, amongst many others, begins his personal soiled tango with Alden. If you do not prefer it that the Gordon Gekko wannabes of the world decide the destiny of your democracy, repeat this mantra after us: Support native, unbiased group journalism – now greater than ever.

Or possibly you sing the previous soul music by William Bell: “You do not miss your water, ’til your nicely working dry.” It’s getting terribly thirsty on the market, of us.

Finally, we want to thanks, our long-time readers, to your help over time and for holding us busy. We are very excited to be right here once more to just accept the good accountability, privilege and pleasure of telling your tales.

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