Foothills Insider, Summer, 2023
A century ago, long before it became today’s major media conglomerate, the Scripps newspaper chain adopted a motto that I’ve always loved: “Give light and the people will find their own way.”. That slogan applies to Foothills Forum. Our journalism, appearing mainly in the Rappahannock News, has...
Foothills Receives Statewide Awards for its Journalism
MAY 2, 2022 — Foothills Forum, in partnership with the Rappahannock News, has won a total of 21 awards from the Virginia Press Association (VPA) for original reporting about our community in 2021. The recognition from VPA — including eleven first-place honors, five second-place awards, and four third-place prizes...
Foothills Insider Winter 2022
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the new Foothills Forum newsletter for supporters and friends. In the emerging world of nonprofit journalism, Foothills is widely admired, producing award-winning stories. Foothills’ publishing partner is The Rappahannock News which runs Foothills stories, articles that can take weeks – even months – to research and write. Each year, Foothills holds a strategic planning retreat where board members, our journalists and others set goals for the coming year. At this year’s gathering in March, we’ll focus on how to sustain and expand our award-winning journalism. Foothills’ coverage of Rappahannock is made possible by financial support from you. Thank you.
Andy Alexander is Foothills’ new board chair
A constant in the growth of Foothills and its support for local news has been the steady hand of founding board chair Bud Meyer. Now a page is turning as Bud intentionally steps aside, giving way to new chair Andy Alexander, former ombudsman of The Washington Post and long-time county resident.
Cultivating citizen journalists
Today is Giving Tuesday: Please give to Foothills during NewsMatch. “In Rappahannock, we are so fortunate to have Foothills Forum,” says Patti McGill Peterson of Sperryville. “When newspapers are struggling for survival — and more and more towns and counties have no source of reliable, in-depth local reporting, Foothills Forum is doing the hard work — running down the leads, finding the best sources, and producing high-quality news — news that is focused on Rappahannock. That’s why I support Foothills Forum.”
Turning the page at a community news nonprofit
On November 19, Foothills Forum, a journalism partner of the Rappahannock News, met and selected its new board chair Andy Alexander, long-time Rapp resident and former ombudsman of The Washington Post. Alexander succeeds Larry “Bud’ Meyer, Foothills co-founder and board chair for the past seven years. The Foothills officers are (FROM LEFT): Sheila Gresinger, secretary; Steve Vick, treasurer; Stephen Brooks, vice chair; Alexander; and Meyer.
Extra! Extra! Read all about Citizen Journalism 101
Ever have the itch to report and write? Want to go from news consumer to news provider?. We’re honored that the topnotch leaders of the Rapp Center for Education have accepted our pitch to teach a Lifelong Learning class starting in November for Rappahannock County citizens interested in informing and engaging our community. It’s free — no cost to those who sign up.
The early observations about life and local news from Ben Peters, newly arrived editor of the Rappahannock News, say a lot about our unique county and about Ben himself. Most formerly the associate editor of the weekly Athens (Ohio) News, Ben has hit the ground running, with nuanced coverage in our county’s weekly of the complex path facing Rush River Commons as well as the frustrating-for-all first week of school.
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