There’s a room stacked floor-to-ceiling with archives in the headquarters of the Alexandria Gazette Packet overlooking King Street. The back wall of the second-floor conference room, where editorial meetings have been held for years, is lined with volumes ranging from the latest publications to the early 19th century.
“The pandemic has crushed many newspapers across the country, and one of America’s oldest newspapers and its affiliated Connection Newspapers, websites and digital media is at risk,” said Jerry Vernon, publisher at the Connection Newspapers and organizer of the fundraiser, in the GoFundMe description. “The pandemic has hit small businesses hard, which in turn has reduced advertising revenue that keeps these local newspapers alive to provide hyperlocal news to residents.”
The fundraiser has been active for four days and has raised $2,308 of its $50,000 goal.
Vernon cited the paper’s legacy and its unique local access.
“Connection Newspapers has been offering these local newspapers to residents for over 200 years — countless residents have grown up with this local paper covering significant moments in the life of your family and children, news, sporting events, school activities, and even pictures of your dogs and cars,” Vernon wrote. “Internet news and large national newspapers do not provide the local connection or historical connection that local papers like Connection Newspapers provide.”
The Alexandria Gazette Packet, which has a lineage dating back to the Virginia Journal’s founding in 1784, is part of the Connection Newspapers network covering Northern Virginia and part of Maryland. The paper has covered everything from breaking news to local community profiles and has several featured editions throughout the year on things like local pets or a newcomer’s guide to the city.
Vernon said the funding raised will help cover the salaries of those who work at the newspaper.
“Help save these historical papers,” Vernon wrote. “If your child, dog, mother, father, neighborhood, school has been featured, you understand the value of a local community newspaper. Thank you for helping to keep your community dialogue alive throughout Northern Virginia and Potomac, [Maryland]. All funds will be used to continue providing vital community dialogue and meeting obligations to our loyal and patient employees, contractors and suppliers due to continuing loss of advertising.”
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It’s here! The 2024 Alexandria Coffee Guide!
After being in production for the past two years, dealing with the tumultuous changes to the service industry following the COVID environment, and the bittersweet closings and openings of coffee shops, Joyful Tern Publishing has finally released the Alexandria Coffee Guide: 2024 Edition!
The guide best serves locals, transplants and tourists interested in coffee by giving them a curated set of Alexandria’s local shops, excluding such brand names like Starbucks, Dunkin’, Peets and the like. The guide is broken down into multiple regions (Old Town North/Del Ray, Crystal City, Old Town, Alexandria West End, and Eisenhower East) and catalogs the coffee shops within each region, as well as notable details about them and things to do in the surrounding area. The guide provides a concise glossary of coffee culture terms near the end, and a few articles about coffee concepts.
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The Made in ALX Fall Makers’ Market at Port City Brewing Co. in Alexandria is set for Sunday, Sept. 24!
This is the fall’s most fun sip-and-shop, featuring craft beer from the award-winning Port City Brewing Co. along with food,