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Happy Birthday to Us!

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On March 1, 2017, Maryland Matters debuted — a scruffy-looking blog populated by volunteers.

Look at us now!

We’ve come a long way in three years. We’re a full-throttled news operation, with four full-time editorial employees, a full-time publisher/business manager/marketing director, and an assortment of valued contributors.

Most days, we do very good work.

We’re not in start-up mode anymore, but we’re still very much a young and imperfect operation. We’re scrappy. We hustle.

We’ve got very little infrastructure. What you see and read on our website every day is the product of the work of very few people. Sometimes, we work ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Yet it’s very much a labor of love. This is something we believe in.

The news business has changed drastically in the past few years. And the conditions that compelled us to start Maryland Matters in the first place — shrinking coverage of state and local government, in Maryland and across the country — have only accelerated since we launched. So we’re glad that we’re here.

Operating a nonprofit news operation comes with its own set of challenges. But quite simply, we couldn’t do what we do without your support.

So thank you!

Thank you for reading. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for your donations.

As always, we value your feedback. Please pass along story ideas, and never hesitate to tell us what we ought to be doing better.

We look forward to growing and improving in Year #4. And we’re grateful to have you along for the ride with us. As our late co-founder Keith Haller always said, “onward and upward!”


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Happy Birthday to Us!