The announcement about the Harrisonburg Times’ pending launch stirred a surprising number and diversity of people interested in contributing to an additional community-driven news and information resource for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area.
Some stats so far, generated from the single post just two weeks ago:
- 1,112 Unique Visitors to the Website
- 4,902 Page views
- 191 Facebook Fans / 40 Twitter Followers
- 45 Interest Applications from Writers and Contributors (Apply)
Last Thursday, 22 people (including writers, teachers, techies, architects, videographers, hobbyists, philosophers, conservatives, and more) attended an interest meeting and made commitments to begin adding content and advising (get in the loop to be made aware of interest meetings). It is encouraging to see such a range of people involved!
At that meeting, the group agreed on one important point: while dissatisfaction of various types might be driving some of the initial interest in the project, the long-term purpose and motivation for the Harrisonburg Times is to create something new and valuable for the community.
Many ideas are being developed, and as the launch date grows closer, new features of the website will be revealed.
We’re on track for having our first content released by April 15.
In the meantime, early financial donations and subscriptions are encouraged as a way to show interest in the Harrisonburg Times and help cover startup costs. Please consider subscribing!