Frequently Asked Questions
What is Potomac Local?
Founded in 2010, Potomac Local is an independent and locally-owned online news organization in Northern Virginia covering the counties of Prince William and Stafford, and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
Do you print a newspaper?
No. Potomac Local is an online-only news website.
How many people read your website?
150,000+ unique users monthly and more than 200 paying subscribers.
Who reads Potomac Local?
Please see the “Who’s Reading Us” section of our media kit.
What type of news do you cover?
Our readers trust us to bring them news and information about local government, public safety, traffic and transit, and new business openings.
How should I pitch you my news story?
Please reference the types of news we cover in the previous FAQ. If your story falls within one of the three areas, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my story doesn’t fall into those three areas but I would still like to reach your readers?
In this case, you may choose to post a press release in our Sponsored Post section, or you may choose to contract with Potomac Local Media, LLC to write and photograph a story to promote your business, cause, or event.
How do I become a paying subscriber?
There are three ways to subscribe to Potomac Local to get full access to the site:
- $65 annual plan
- $6 a month plan
- FREE 14-day trial
I’m running for local office — Will you write a story about me?
Every year is an election year in Virginia, so we try to feature all candidates running for local office in our coverage area by asking them to fill out our online Project: Election survey. Each candidate should receive a survey, the responses of which will be published to PotomacLocal.com shortly they are received. If you are a candidate for locally-elected office and have not received a Project: Election survey, or feel you have received one in error, please contact us at email@example.com.
I’m running for local office — Do you write stories about campaign endorsements?
No. With so many candidates running for so many offices across our highly-populated region, it is difficult for us to keep track of each endorsement and provide equal endorsement coverage for all.
Do you accept display advertising?
Yes. Many of our display advertisements you see on Potomac Local are integrated with social media, allowing our clients to show their latest social media updates to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram in their display ads on Potomac Local. We also offer a wide range of new and traditional display advertising formats. More information on advertising can be found in our Media Kit.
Do you accept help wanted ads?
Yes. Companies wishing to post a help wanted ad may do so by clicking here.
Do you accept legal ads?
Potomac Local does not publish a “newspaper of general circulation” so placing an ad on our website may not meet your legal ad requirement set forth by the state of Virginia. Knowing this, we have helped state agencies in the reach and effectiveness of a legal ad by publishing a Sponsored Post.
Do you accept obituaries?
The obituaries that appear on Potomac Local are featured on funeral home websites in Prince William County and Manassas. If you would like Potomac Local to post an obituary that does not appear on a funeral home website William County, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you charge community organizations for posting events to your site?
No. You may post events to Potomac Local FREE by visiting our events page.
Will my posted event appear on your social media?
Your free event listing will appear on our website but will not appear on our social media pages.