LTM Moving Into The Lead In the Loudoun Newspaper World
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.