C-Ville Tomorrow ends partnership with Daily Progress

Charlottesville Tomorrow, a hyperlocal nonprofit news website, has ended a nine-year publishing partnership with the Daily Progress that allowed the work of the nonprofit’s reporting team to be published in print and online by the Daily Progress.

Giles Morris, executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, made the announcement Monday Morning in letter to subscribers titled, “Let’s Talk: Reimagining Local news.”

Morris said the board of Charlottesville Tomorrow had recently voted to change the organization’s mission and that ending the partnership with the Daily Progress was one of the first steps in adhering to that new mission.

“For many years, our partnership with the Daily Progress served both sets of readers, increasing the amount of local coverage in their paper while broadening our distribution,” Morris wrote.

Under the agreement, which began in 2009, Charlottesville Tomorrow provided reporting on land use, public education and local government to the Daily Progress at no cost. Stories printed in the Progress were accompanied by a Charlottesville Tomorrow reporter’s byline and the organization’s logo and online with a digest form accompanied by the letters “CT.”

Morris wrote that Charlottesville Tomorrow is attempting to “reimagine what a community newspaper in the digital age should be.”

“If Charlottesville Tomorrow intends to become a new kind of local newspaper, we need to stand on our own, question all of our assumptions, and engage our community in the pursuit to do better,” Morris wrote. “We can serve our readers by providing a clear coverage alternative in our areas of focus.”

Morris said he and Charlottesville Tomorrow editor, Elliott Robinson, will lead several listening sessions in the coming months to hear from community members about what they would like to see from the organization going forward.

RTD staff uncover never-before-seen photo of Arthur Ashe

The photography team for the Richmond Times-Dispatch recently uncovered a never-before-seen photo in their archives of Arthur Ashe, a Richmond native who became the first African American on the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man to win the singles championship at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the United States Open.

The paper published the photo, taken when Ashe was 17 and a rising senior at Maggie Walker High School, Sunday in a special edition honoring Ashe and celebrating the renaming of Bouelvard to Arthur Ashe Blvd. in Richmond.

“After years of combing through our archive and running just about every photo we have, it was pure serendipity that we discovered something of such a famous face that the world has never seen,” said James Wallace, RTD photo editor.

“Ashe will forever be linked to Richmond, and we are delighted we can share a part of history that places him at the start of a trajectory that saw him reach the height of his sport and as national civic leader.”

Pilot reporter wins award from LBGTQ association

Courtney Mabeus, a military reporter for the Virginian-Pilot, was recently awarded a national Excellence in Journalism Award from an LGBTQ communications and journalism association.

Mabeus won the Excellence in Feature Writing award for her story, “No Turning Back: The Story of a Transgender Man’s Experience as a Navy Sailor,” which follows the life of a Navy sailor as he makes the transformation from woman to man.

Loudoun Times-Mirror hires new reporter

The Loudon Times-Mirror has added a new reporter to its staff.

Last month, the paper hired John Battison as its new general assignment reporter. Battison is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech where he studied multimedia journalism and served as the lifestyle editor at the Collegiate Times.