Thanks and farewell to the East County Times

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

Last week, the East County Times news­pa­per an­nounced they were clos­ing their doors af­ter 23 years, pub­lish­ing their fi­nal is­sue on Novem­ber 1. I, and the rest of the Av­enue News crew want to send our con­do­lences to the staff and to thank them for over two decades of cov­er­ing this lit­tle part of Bal­ti­more County we all call ‘home’.

I had spent many long nights and week­ends over the past two years in even longer meet­ings cov­er­ing events along­side ECT edi­tors Pat Tay­lor and Devin Crum and re­porters Marge Neal and Vir­ginia Ter­hune, who are all bril­liant writ­ers and re­porters that east­ern Bal­ti­more County was lucky to have. The East County Times did amaz­ing ed­i­to­rial work that often had me go­ing, “Man, I wish I had got­ten that scoop be­fore them!” I mourn for the clo­sure of any news­pa­per and re­gard­less of ECT and the Av­enue News be­ing so-called “com­peti­tors” (I never got this mind­set! We’re all in this to­gether!), the clo­sure of the is a real East County Times loss.

My heart goes out to all the em­ploy­ees who were blind­sided by this an­nounce­ment. I went through it as the ed­i­tor of the Bal­ti­more Guide when it abruptly closed in 2016. It ab­so­lutely turns your world up­side down. The news­pa­per in­dus­try is not for the faint of heart. And more specif­i­cally, work­ing for a com­mu­nity news­pa­per? It takes a spe­cial type of strength, grit, and crazi­ness to deal with the long nights, the an­gry e-mails, measly pay­checks, and often-times un­ap­pre­cia­tive read­ers. We’re not in it for the money or the glory or praise from Pres­i­dents and politi­cians, we do it be­cause we love our com­mu­ni­ties and we know the im­por­tance of stay­ing in­formed and keep­ing res­i­dents en­gaged and ac­tive.

Tay­lor said it best in his fi­nal ar­ti­cle with the pa­per: “When an area loses a news­pa­per, the whole area suf­fers.” -Gianna DeCarlo Ed­i­tor, The Av­enue News

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