It’s been nearly a year and a half since I took a leap of faith and launched NRI NOW as an independent news website focused on Burrillville.
I have been truly grateful for the opportunity to report on everything happening in town and for the chance to introduce the community to what I genuinely believe is the future of news.
As previously vibrant and independent sources of local news make cuts, or are forced to sell their businesses to large out-of-state media giants, I believe it is the online-only format that will keep journalism alive.
Northern Rhode Island News on the Web now reaches tens of thousands of readers on social media every week. Hundreds have subscribed to our weekly newsletter. Both private residents and officials in the town of Burrillville have been incredibly kind and welcoming.
It’s not surprising that the community has responded well. While the town of Burrillville once had its own newspapers, and in recent decades, was at least covered as part of a larger media strategy by area papers, it’s been a long time since people have had a regular and consistent means to hear about what’s happening in their neighborhoods.
As the company moves forward, NRI NOW will continue to focus on Burrillville, with hopes to reach even more people, and continue to improve our coverage. Starting this week, those who wish to catch up on only their hometown news can visit http://nrinow.news/home/burrillville-news/ any time and read stories related strictly to Burrillville, or just click the town name on the top menu.
We still want to hear about all of your events and achievements, only now, with a little luck, they’ll reach a broader audience.
Throughout our second year, we will also begin a slow expansion. In addition to daily updates on Burrillville, our homepage, NRINOW.news will also host stories about the wider region, specifically including a slow expansion into North Smithfield. Those with an interest in news from that town can visit http://nrinow.news/north-smithfield-now/, or just choose the town from the dropdown menu at the top of the page.
You’ll also likely notice small improvements to the site as we streamline our format.
I want to thank everyone who has taken this journey with me, from readers who constantly share our stories, to those who visit the site daily to keep up on what’s happening in town. My hope is that we continue to bring you news about your friends and neighbors, government and changes to the community that affect you.
Your publisher, founder, and unrelenting newshound,