Press: Telling a Town About Itself

Virginia's Free Lance-Star exemplifies grass-roots journalism

Never let it be said that the editorial staff of the Free Lance-Star (all 36 of them) eases into the day. By 7:30 a.m., Charles Rowe, the co-publisher of the Fredericksburg, Va., newspaper, is at his desk, perusing stories ready for that day's edition. Josiah Rowe, who shares the publishing chores with his brother, is reading his mail. Managing Editor Bob Baker is preparing for the 8:00 a.m. story conference, while Obituary Writer Eileen Mead is already fielding calls from those with sad news. And, oh, yes, one of the younger reporters, maybe Daryl Lease, perhaps Maria Carrillo, has run across...

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