Residents and businesses in the City of Laurel now have a new option for local news.
The first edition of The Laurel Independent community newspaper will start hitting
local mailboxes on or about July 13, 2022.
In a special message to readers in the paper, Managing Editor, Katie V. Jones writes
this new monthly newspaper is now “ bringing local news and culture to homes
throughout the city of Laurel.”
The paper is being published under the umbrella of a Hyattsville-based nonprofit called
Streetcar Suburbs, which also publishes the Hyattsville Life & Times and The College
Park Here & Now newspapers.
Ms. Jones also writes, “ We’re launching this newspaper at a time when many others
are folding.” She adds, “how exciting to go against the stream-and in a city clearly
eager to access and share local news.”
Each monthly edition will feature a four-page newsletter of City of Laurel government
news called The City of Laurel Ledger. The Editor’s Note explains the process. “While
the city of Laurel did establish a task force to spark this publication, the city is not
involved with editorial content of The Laurel Independent. And while the city does pay
to have its own newsletter included with each issue of the paper, staff of The Laurel
Independent do not write or review the city’s pages.”
The Laurel Independent will currently be mailed only to residents and businesses within
the City of Laurel jurisdiction. There are plans in the works to expand that in the future.