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Towson Flyer transitions from reporting to aggregation

The Towson Flyer, a hyperlocal blog that has been reporting on Towson-wide news since 2015, is transitioning to aggregating articles and local commentary, according to its owner.

The blog “had become very popular and I love doing it,” said Kris Henry, who operated the Flyer and wrote Towson stories about development, education, crime and politics for the online publication. “... I was never able to make enough money to justify all the hours.”

Henry wrote on the Flyer on Oct. 1 that aggregated content as well as other submitted material and opinions would be shared on the Flyer’s Facebook page.

Henry, a Rodgers Forge resident and former Baltimore Sun reporter and editor, first started the blog as The Forge Flyer about a decade ago after leaving reporting job at The Sun to take care of her first child.

“I started it on a whim,” Henry said, with the intention of creating a platform to share news and fun things to do for the neighborhood’s younger families.

Henry later put the blog on hiatus to return to work at The Sun but returned to it in 2015 after again leaving that job. She rechristened it The Towson Flyer.

Bryan Fischer, president of the Towson Communities Alliance, said the Flyer benefited from the fact that Henry lives in Towson.

“Being that she’s in and around the area all the time, it gave her a good way to be close to the ... stories other people might not have noticed,” Fischer said.

The Towson Flyer made money through advertising sales, but Henry said time-consuming reporting meant she often did not have time to make those sales. The website also came with costs, including a domain name and security.

Henry said she hopes others will start their own blogs about Towson to help bolster coverage about the community.

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