We Think: Our First Year

We Think: Our First Year

January 1, 2017.

In our first editorial last June, we introduced The Tribune and described what we are striving to do and to how we want to deliver the news.

We said “a lot of things happen in Loudoun County every day and we won’t try to cover all of them. Instead, our editorial approach will be to focus on breaking news, behind-the-scenes stories, and thought-provoking features and opinions.”

Over the past seven months, we’ve delivered on that approach through daily news posts on our website and on Facebook. And every day we aspire to get better.

Features such as the ones on the county’s data centers, eastern Loudoun’s growing Indian community, policing and race, the evolution of our fire and rescue services, and women in law enforcement have become our signature, along with in-depth interviews with business, community and political leaders, articles on local humanitarian and charitable efforts, and profiles of eye-opening small businesses.

Our editorial policy continues to be non-partisan, and in this space we’ve credited and criticized both Democrats and Republicans — not because of their partisan affiliation but because of their actions.

The distribution of a printed newspaper is still a work in progress and speaks to the challenges faced by a start up business. We’ve aspired to have The Tribune mailed each week to most homes in the county — a high, expensive bar.  That’s still what we want to do for our readers, investors and advertisers.

Loudoun continues to be one of the most outstanding places in America to live, work and raise a family.  Our challenges, though many, are ones that result from the opportunity to be part of this growing, thriving county.

The challenges and opportunities of Loudoun — and life itself — are best met when all the facts are on the table and we are well-informed.

We look forward to playing our part in the new year.