Sad news: the Observer newspaper, one of a handful of print publications that actually paid close attention to our earth-toned community, is closing its doors.
Publisher Christopher Moore of Reston said the newspaper is no longer in business.Tell us about it! Though to be fair, this site has never been popular.
"We are not planning an issue for this week," Moore said Monday. "The paper has lived its life span."
Moore said that although the paper was popular, the economy and plight of newspaper advertising did the paper in.
"We tried really hard to take a newspaper company and become a media company," Moore said. "But in the end, the money just wasn't there."
The news confirms rumors we've heard for the past few weeks; also, the paper's fancy "Web site" had not been updated in over a month. Last year, the Observer consolidated its Herndon and Reston editions, as did the other newspaper that covers the area, the Reston Times. (Somehow the Connection keeps plugging along, though it's been ages since we've seen an actual hard copy of that "news-paper" out in the wild. Come to think of it, maybe that's their secret!)
But we digress. As filthy "web loggers," robust news coverage by local media is important to us because
Moore is taking a job at AOL's news service, so we may not have heard the last of him. We'd heard previously from different sources that AOL's new network of local "web-sites," called Patch, is planning to cover Reston and Herndon, though hopefully not by returning to their late-90s strategy of carpetbombing the country with CD-ROMs. That's a good thing -- more, not fewer, voices are what's needed.
Update: A longer story about the Observer's history.