Hi, I'm Christin. I'm a local resident and independent journalist with a passion for news - and my community. My work has been featured in publications like Richmond Inno, DC Inno, and The Record. I also have a background in community development, and I've written content for a variety of brands. But I always find myself gravitating back to local news. That's because I truly love telling people's stories and digging deeper into the issues that impact our daily lives.
In 2019, Yorktown unexpectedly lost its beloved weekly newspaper, the Yorktown Crier. The paper served the region for more than forty years with an admirable mission to not only inform the community but also to celebrate it. The closure of the Crier resulted in a void, leaving the area vulnerable to "news desert" designation.
The Crier's fate, unfortunately, was not dissimilar to what has been witnessed among many other newspapers in recent years. Local journalism has faced devastating challenges in the past decade. Many newsrooms have been forced to lay off key members of their reporting staff or shut down altogether. Just a few months ago, a hedge fund that acquired Tribune Publishing slashed 10% of the company's total newsroom workforce. The Daily Press and Virginian-Pilot were disproportionately hard hit, losing a total of 17.4 percent of their staff to buyouts, according to recent reporting by Poynter.
The Triangle is a new project with a different approach. As an independent local journalist, I don't work for big advertisers or media corporations. Instead, I work for you. This publication is written for residents of Virginia's historic triangle and the surrounding region: a diverse, beautiful, and uniquely special place that I, too, call home. It will feature deep-dive stories on local issues to inform the community, promote accountability, inspire action, and amplify voices.
The Triangle will also focus on stories that have positive or uplifting angles. Our 24-hour news cycle seems to bombard us with constant information, and much of it can be unpleasant, divisive, or even downright depressing. And although I am convinced that it is important to remain aware of the challenges in the world around us, I also believe we could all benefit from taking a little more time to find out about the good - and often inspiring - things that are also taking place, oftentimes right in our own neighborhoods.
This new Bulletin platform is unique in that it combines the concepts of a newsletter and news blog with the highly interactive components of social media. When you subscribe, you'll receive The Triangle's newsletter directly in your inbox. Starting off, the newsletter will be sent out once a week. Content will also be published directly on this page - thetriangle.bulletin.com. This project is just getting off the ground, but in time, additional exclusive content in different formats, including audio and video, will also be made available to subscribers. I'll also be working on building a members-only discussion group on Facebook for subscribers.
My goal is to actively engage with all of you and strive to cover topics that matter, while always remaining on the lookout for story ideas from you: my readers. And it is my hope that this platform will become a place where we can have ongoing open communication about local issues, connect in meaningful ways, and ultimately strengthen our community further - together.