People in Prince William County should now see very little interruption in their news service. The folks who are launching the newspaper Prince William Today next month announced Saturday that they have bought the website InsideNoVA.com and the Facebook site for InsideNoVA, both of which are widely read news sources in the county.
Bruce Potter, the regional vice president of Northern Virginia Media Services, has now fully stepped into the breach created when the Warren Buffett-owned World Media Enterprises announced last month it would be shuttering the Manassas News & Messenger and InsideNoVA.com. He said Saturday that the print edition of Prince William Today will debut Jan. 10 as a weekly with an initial press run of 35,000. It will begin with a combination of free and paid distribution, but hopes to move to an all-paid subscriber base. Keri Pugh, the former editor of InsideNoVA, will resume that role as well as oversee the print edition.
Online, InsideNoVA will now live on, as will its hugely popular Facebook page, which has nearly 27,000 fans. Potter said it was “one of the biggest Facebook pages for a local publication in the country.” Inside NoVA has required its online commenters to do so through their Facebook logins, which seems to have added some civility to the proceedings there. The handoff to the new regime will be Dec. 31.
Northern Virginia Media Services is gradually building an empire here. It now publishes Leesburg Today, Ashburn Today, Middleburg Life, the Arlington and Fairfax Sun-Gazettes, plus the magazines Loudoun Business and Loudoun Living. Potter said he hoped to use all of those publications to create a more regional website for InsideNoVA, while still keeping the individual sites up. Hey, is there room for two regional sites about Northern Virginia? Heck yeah there is.