Thanks and farewell to the East County Times
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