Editorial: We Find Ourselves Here

This is goodbye. Till next time, take care and stay safe.
(Phi Doan/insideWaterloo)

When we first started insideWaterloo back in 2021, there was a lot of chaotic but exciting energy that propelled us forward. We built something from the ground up and had a good run, yet we’ve unfortunately hit our limit. This is not a failure on anyone’s part, but rather the recognition of our own capacity and what we can ask of others. This is insideWaterloo’s last editorial. 

We were a small team of three people who did our damnedest to get off the ground with what little we had. Much of insideWaterloo was done in our spare time which has increasingly become hard to come by. Most critical was the reality that we needed much more funding and more team members to make the work equitable and sustainable.

In its best moments, insideWaterloo was a home for diverse stories, an outlet historically excluded communities could see themselves reflected in. It was a gift to be able to work with both new and seasoned writers, motivated by how much we cared about the work and each other. In its worst moments, insideWaterloo was clumsy; oftentimes we failed to support writers fully. We let drive spill into burnout. Many people we were hoping to work with were also feeling the effects of burnout, and we had no interest in pressuring community members to write for us.

Although we managed to get our monthly newsletter out on time (usually), sometimes the seams showed. Nevertheless, even as we were figuring things out as we went along, we knew that our community-centered storytelling and reporting filled an important gap in the local media landscape. We’re particularly proud to have elevated local activism and social justice movements.

While insideWaterloo may be ending, we know our contributors and readers will continue to tell important stories about our region. We’re eternally grateful to all who supported us during this entire venture. For now, the site will remain up for another year as we look into different options for preserving the work (perhaps a collected print edition?)—and who knows, we may start new projects in the future under a different banner. Till next time, take care and stay safe.

~The insideWaterloo Team

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