The editorial staffs of local newspapers have been shrinking for years, resulting in fewer subjects getting covered. As a result, most local news publishers only report on major business stories, leaving readers relying on gossip and unverified information from social networks. We created the Chronicle to help everyone from Williamsburg to Hampton stay informed about what is happening in all types of businesses in the area, both large and small.
Reporting on business news is important, as everyone is affected by the state of the economy, and the economy is directly connected to how businesses are doing. And for most people, the economy means the local economy, as that’s where they live, eat, shop, work, and play. National news publishers and networks do not cover local business news, so they cannot inform readers or viewers about the local economy. Every town and county needs and deserves a publisher that reports on local business, and our goal is to provide that service.
Just reporting on local news is not enough, though. The business model for local news must change, and must rely more on revenue from readers. This means the site must be designed to deliver news, not ads from a third party network that disrupt reading the news. It also means we can’t give away news for free, although we do not have to charge a lot to report on what companies are doing here on the Peninsula.
In addition to subscriptions to the website (a bargain at only $24.99 per year), we will let non-subscribers pay for individual articles or buy a daily pass, using the Transact payment system. We also offer subscriptions to individual sections of the site (like real estate or retail news) for a lower price, if that is all you are interested in (but we think you should get all of the news, because everything is connected, from tech startups to restaurants owned by local families for decades).