It’s been 12 months since Vanessa, Jacob and I have taken reins of Church Hill People’s News. It’s been an interesting experience to say the least. We have a lot to learn and a lot that we’re working through. We’ve had successes and threats (unfortunately). Over the last year, we’ve met leaders, business owners, new neighbors and so many passionate people who love this neighborhood and this city. Our community is awesome and it’s been both an honor and a massive challenge to continue the legacy of this publication.
A lot of the feedback we’ve received from you has been positive. Sure, there’s been some important discussion about tone and our role in mediating conversations. We haven’t always gotten it right. We’ve been reminded many times about how things were run differently with founder, John M., but ultimately we’re confident that, despite a few misses, we’re maintaining this free resource with the goal to unite our community.
I wanted to take a moment to talk about the site and what we’d like to do with it.
As you know, CHPN is not a newspaper or magazine. CHPN is an independent neighborhood news site/blog, a grass-roots publication with no staff reporters or editors. We are dependent on readers and contributors to create content. So many cool things we publish happen because we are constantly going through your emails and press releases. Soon we’ll have a new grocery store, the culinary school, new restaurants, the continuing revitalization of housing and so much more. In order to cover all these developments, we need another platform so we can support operations and growth.
What’s happening in 2019
Did you know that CHPN has not been updated in almost 4 years? We are excited to announce that we’re working hard with RedOrange Studio at a thoughtful re-design of the site. We met with several agencies and we found them to be the most intimately connected to the growth of the site, with a lot of their staff being residents of the East End. They’re going to help us modernize the site with responsive design, better comment system, a thorough calendar, a features section for both news and opinions, a business section (working closely with CHABA) and a better search system to find some of the most amazing articles that John M. and Trisha Noel wrote years ago. We also want to be able to provide you with a more streamlined mobile experience. We want you to be proud of your neighborhood’s site!
What do YOU want to see?
If you want to be part of this change, please let us know what you’d love to see and experience. We’ve heard about a “craigslist” type section, or local recommendations for trade skills and contractors. We’ve definitely heard you about separating the “news” from “opinions”. Many of you want to hear more from conscientious youth and conservative voices. What would you like to see more of? What would you prefer we stay away from? We’ll be putting up some polls to get your opinions and requests.
On that Note…
So here’s the ask. We need your continued help. If you are interested in getting involved in any capacity, please contact us. We need contributors, photographers, and community contact liaisons to help us keep a finger on the pulse of the neighborhood. Are you passionate about schools, art or music events? Contact us and see how we can partner with you. Do you want to talk about food more? How about social media? Are you an Instagram aficionado and want to share your work with thousands of folks in the Richmond area? Let us know.
Even if you don’t want to be a contributor, always remember to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a tip about a news story that you want us to share. If you or your organization have information, news, or calendar events that should be publicized, please submit them for publication.
To a great 2019!
Our readership keeps growing every year and we’re committed to making your experience here more positive and inclusive.