Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Ridge View Echo

2023 | Year in Review

From the Editor

We're turning two!

Ridge View Echo has been publishing news and information for our North Warren community for two years now, but who’s counting? Actually, we are. When RVE began its online publication in mid-February of 2022, made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium (NJCIC), it was begun with the intention of providing our community with a sustainable, reliable source of news for years to come.

This community had relied on the Blairstown Press for its news for over a century. In the twenty plus years since the Press’s demise in the mid-90’s, we had become, as had many communities across the country, a “news desert.”

We are a news desert no longer. We want to keep it that way.

In our first two years, we have grown rapidly, acquired 501c3 status, and the feedback from the ever-increasing readership has been truly gratifying. The continued support from the NJCIC and expression of appreciation for what we have accomplished is inspiring. The local businesses that have advertised with us are much appreciated and helped to sustain us along the way, with a heartfelt shout-out to those who have been with us from the beginning: Quality Automotive, Newbaker Funeral Home, Radom & Wetter,  Al Magalio DDS, Blairstown Rotary and Jersey Ridge Soaring. Thank you for your support.

We are Local News by Local Folks.

Our commitment to an informed community has come from within our own community. Information and knowledge are the essentials of an involved citizenry, which in turn is the bedrock of our democracy.

To ensure a sustainable future of the Ridge View Echo, we need help. Currently we are seeking to expand our Board of Directors to assist in meeting the challenges in growth from an eager start-up to a fully established non-profit enterprise. And we need help with advertising sales to build on the essential revenue base so necessary for sustainability.

It has been an exciting and rewarding first two years – and challenging, too. Please, help us, join us in ensuring that our Ridge View Echo community flourishes as an oasis of reliable, balanced, unbiased local news and information. Continue enjoying the Ridge View Echo and spread the word.

Let’s take a glance back over milestone year number 2 of the Ridge View Echo’s publication with a selection of the stories from the archives.

Paul Avery
Executive Editor

Some of our 2023

Notable stories

Ridge View Reader


“Ridge View Echo fills a wonderful void! Thank you! “

"Very interested in local news. Happy we have the Ridge View Echo to keep us informed. Keep up the good work.”

“Great local news."

"I get to know local news, what's happening here and there and when.”

"I am more knowledgeable regarding my local goings on."

"I am aware of what’s happening in Blairstown. Keep up the good work!"

“I am so enjoying your publication. Especially liked the Blairstown Diner article. Wonderful article about White Lake. I've passed it so many times over the years and had no idea it is now public land. I'll be hiking there when I next come through from Pennsylvania.”

“Thanks for your coverage."

Ridge View Echo

in numbers

A bit about our users and readership since our launch and up to December 2023. And we're still growing!

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