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Introducing the ARLnow Press Club

If we’re going to be honest, when ARLnow was founded in 2010, there was no business plan.

Armed with a laptop, a police scanner and a digital camera, we started reporting on local news and then… just kept doing it. Eventually enough of you started reading that local businesses started approaching us about advertising. And for 10 years or so, advertising was our only business model.

That has changed last year, when the pandemic prompted us to ask the Arlington community for some help making it through the tough economic times. You came through, and it made us ponder the future.

While our advertisers have helped us grow into the organization we are today, with eight full-time editorial employees and four local sites, at some point there’s a limit to how much we can grow on advertising alone. And there’s a lot more we want to do.

If you follow the news business, you probably think you know what’s coming: either an announcement that we’re going to erect a paywall and make readers pay to read our content, or some sort of donation campaign that’s basically a souped-up version of our Patreon page.

Don’t worry, we’re not doing either of those things.

Rather, ARLnow is going to stay exactly how it is. Except we’re adding some new stuff.

The ARLnow Press Club will allow us to take almost all of those “wouldn’t it be cool if…” ideas we’ve had and make it a reality. Here’s what we’re offering for now…

Early Morning Notes

A morning email that brings you the news of the day before it’s published, plus answers your burning questions from our journalists

Daily News Podcast

A daily members-only podcast, where we read you a summary of the day’s local news

Weekend Edition Email

A weekly newsletter that brings you interesting features and provides a look inside investigative reporting projects

Local Info & More

Local information compiled for you, like an exclusive takeout and happy hour database, plus
even more stuff that we’ll announce later

Your membership will also support more local journalism — we will be reinvesting most of the proceeds back into our local news team.

Thank you to all of our readers who have made ARLnow the go-to place for local information in Arlington. With your continued support, we’ll be able to serve the community with even more local journalism in the months and years to come.

Recent Stories

Daily Debrief for Nov 30, 2022

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Shop Local Winter Bazaar

Shop local this holiday season at the Winter Bazaar taking place Saturday, December 17-18.

(Updated at 10:20 p.m.) It does not appear that the Asian-inspired restaurant Wagamama will be opening in Clarendon this year. Back in March, the London-based chain with more than 200…

Grab some friends and sign up for Parks & Rec’s Eugene J. Green Memorial Winter Basketball League! Adults 18+ can register teams of up to 12 people for the ten-game season. Cost is $765 per team. Games are Mondays and/or Wednesdays at Arlington Mill Community Center starting the week of Jan. 4. Sign up here by Dec. 11.

Submit your own Announcement here.

National Chamber Ensemble – Holiday Cheer!

NCE’s Holiday Concert will bring the finest classical masterpieces and holiday favorites together for the whole family. The festivities begin with Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride” and “Chanukkah Festival”, music from the Nutcracker and by J.S. Bach.

Outstanding Young Artist

Washington-Liberty Annual Holiday Bazaar

Join us Saturday December 3 from 10 to 4 p.m. at W-L High School, for this much anticipated Arlington holiday tradition! We will be featuring over 65 vendors for gift shopping, our student clubs and activities fundraising booths, and food

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