LTM Moving Into The Lead In the Loudoun Newspaper World

By Loudoun Insider

I’ve always been a big Leesburg Today (LT) supporter, but they are being left in the dust by the Loudoun Times Mirror (LTM), which has been re-energized by new Executive Editor Nicholas Graham.  Even though LT still has more thorough, in-depth articles in general, the LTM has been beating LT to the punch on stories and generating more buzz.  A huge advantage for the LTM in generating interest is their un-moderated comments, as opposed to the moderated comments at LT, where it seems comments can take days to show up.  Sure, unmoderated comments can lead to some real crazy comments on occasion, but that’s the way things are these days in the digital world.  LT also has some horrible pop up ads that make it just about impossible to view on a smart phone – get rid of them now!

Since the LTM – Loudoun Independent merger, the newly branded Indie has fallen off the map web-wise.  What was once one of the snazzier local websites is now absolutely at the bottom.  Either update it, or get rid of it.  The Ashburn Connection and Purcellville Gazette websites remain woefully sub-par to the big boys.  And forget finding anything close to useful in regard to Loudoun at the WaPo – the failure of the Loudoun Extra seems to have scared them out of Loudoun County altogether.


  • BlackOut says:

    On the local sports news front check out the outstanding. VivaLoudoun.

    Dan Sousa does a fantastic job covering local high school sports. It’s a very dynamic website with several new posts daily. It’s a fun positive place to go and see how our high school sports teams and programs are doing.

    Seems local sports is a big void for the local papers.

  • TruthseekerVA says:

    The media in Loudoun appears to be at a standstill. There is not one resource that is THE place for local news. When the Loudoun Extra first came out in the late 90’s it was destroying all of the local media. Unfortunately the Extra sections never caught on and the Washington Post became disinterested in them. They tried to turn the Extra websites into hyperlocal sites, but that to seems to have fallen by the wayside. Readers of the LTM seem to get more info from the comments section on a story compared to the story itself. The Leesburg Today just does not seem to know what to do with their site. It is not reader friendly and not updated often. The new Indi paper is a disaster, and I think they know it. The “investigative” stories are comparable to a high school newspaper asking should soda be served at lunch? The DC media has little interest in Loudoun unless something outlandish happens (read Delgaudio says something) or there is major crime. WHAG out of Hagerstown is starting to cover Loudoun County, but I think you can only receive that station if you have FIOS. So where to turn..? The future may be with the Patch sites, such as, but I wonder if these sites are too localized for a large county that still wants to be considered a small town?

  • Loudounite says:

    Not sure LTM stepped up its game. Like the one poster said, the best thing it did was open up its comments. For the most part, the stories are massaged press releases. They just happen to get them up faster than LT does and they don’t bother to monitor what readers are commenting about.

    Used to be a big fan of the Independent’s website. Now the site is a joke and the stories are woefully bad. Their story about the lack of nightlight in Loudoun was absolutely laughable. Investigative?? Save that crap for the Broad Run Spartan!!

  • Elder Berry says:

    You write a good press release for these local papers and it goes straight into the paper, no fact checking not even a phone call. Very sad, but the Post is not much better, Mike Laris was the last real investigative reporter who covered Loudoun, since then the writers don’t know the history or the people.

    Truthseeker interesting you talk about local regarding suburban Loudoun, I wandered through a lot of it in search of the electronics recycling event yesterday and got lost three times, roads changed names or did 90 degree turns or came to an unmarked T and expected you to know which way to turn. Proffers do leave you with a messed up road network.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    elderberry, how funny. If Mike Laris was such a great “investigative journalist”, then where are those indictments so heavily breathed over in a series of articles and editorials quoting “sources that cannot be named because of the sensitivity of the investigation”?

    The Post should have filed an in-kind contribution for VLF in 07.

    As for proffers and messed up roads, what roads we have are built through proffers, and tax districts.

    The mess up comes when a by right lands in between two sections, and does nothing but a turn lane for the infill. And, in the case of some by rights, like the so-called Citizens for a Countywide Transportation Plan (that little group that got a $3K tax expenditure to bring in their cut and paste consultant to recommend we emulate Vermont or Sedona AZ), then turn around and lobby like-minded attrition-based politicians to then reduce the rest of the plan to their own inadequate blockages.

    Currently I think the most thorough and informed reporter in Loudoun is Erica Moore at L2Day.

    The main problem I’ve seen with a lot of local journalism is that we get young reporters thrown into the equivalent of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, and by the time they gert all the families, groups, traditions, shibboleths, skeletons and incest sorted out, they move on.

    It may be a great education of its kind, but it doesn’t do us much in the long term for good local coverage.

    Not to mention the fact that “news” these days is not only blended with opinion, but advertising and entertainment.

  • BlackOut says:

    Colleague, all investigations don’t lead to indictments. Isn’t that a good thing for some? Just because there was no indictment(s) doesn’t mean there wasn’t an investigation.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    The biggest problem with that investigation was the horrendous laxity of Virginia’s public corruption laws. And I don’t expect Richmond to strengthen them any time soon.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Just because there was an investigation into accusations doesn’t mean there was much to them, either.

    If the FBI really had Loudoun under a microscope, this current bunch would hear the same constant hounding the last crew did.

    And yes, I’m still shaking in my shoes. Constantly.





  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Barbara Munsey joins Eugene Delgaudio in taunting the FBI!

    Probably not the best idea, in my humble opinion. Not in this county.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    It isn’t the FBI I’m taunting, LI


  • BlackOut says:

    Barbara, that is my point. There wasn’t enough to the accusations to warrant indictments, but it doesn’t mean there wasn’t an investigation. I am very confident there was an investigation. Saying there wasn’t one isn’t true. Saying there wasn’t any indictments is true.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Colleague, I never said there wasn’t any investigating. After all the hounding the FBI took from “sources too sensitive to name” of course their procedure kicked in and they ran their punchlists.

    It’s what they’re supposed to do.

    My ongoing mock has been those indictments that were DEFINITELY coming three or four years ago.


  • BlackOut says:

    Fair enough.

  • FedUp says:

    What happened to the Loudoun Independent is a crying shame. That evolved into the best local paper, hands down, until the merger. Then they ruined it and the website. The pieces, escpecially by Julia Stewart, were excellent.

  • BlackOut says:

    FedUp, you’re kidding right? After the amateur reporting done by the LoudounI, associated with the Tag Greason smear, I certainly wouldn’t call them the best local paper. Frankly, I doubt any paper deserves that title. They took that story hook, line and sinker and never admitted any mistakes nor did they deliver any apologies when the story was revealed to be unfounded. They were amateur at best, but I do mourn the loss of competition.

  • FedUp says:

    BO, I did not know about that incident. Sounds like they should have issued an apology.

    Hey, nobody’s perfect. It was still a good local paper.

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