This site aims to help you get settled in with the more permanent aspects of your community, and tries to provide a good base of information about our communities. In Georgetown, however, there are constant goings-on that you are going to want to keep up with. Fortunately, there a lot of people who care about what’s happening in the community, and keep up with it on an extremely fast pace. While this site can be your bedrock for little-known insider info, if you want to keep up with the latest news and events, get online, on twitter, and on message boards, and you’ll always be in the know. Here are the best ways to stay informed:
A lot of communities have “Patch” websites, which work full time to cover everything in town. Georgetown Patch’s editor is Shaun Courtney, and she reports, tweets, and publishes every day information that you may want to know, from new store openings to crimes to events. If you want the highlights delivered to you, you can sign up for daily email alerts and follow the site on twitter, which will guarantee you stay up to date with the latest news. Also, the editor is very open and willing to respond to feedback, as she responds to comments on posts and emails quickly.
Another great site is the Georgetown Dish. It is very similar to Georgetown Patch, but the articles tend to include a little more city-wide news. It also has a solid twitter feed and is a great supplement to Patch, including many more feature-like stories related to cooking, shopping, and trends. It also aggregates some of its stories from other sources, giving you a mix of authors, ideas, and news.
DCist is a city-wide blog, but one of the best for interesting news about Georgetown and the rest of the town. It’s twitter is great, giving you a constant stream of interesting news stories, even if they aren’t all just about Georgetown. They are a part of a larger network of “ist” sites, so they are professionally run while still remaining colloquial and displaying a great understanding of the DMV. If you are looking to become more informed about the larger district, DCist has some great scoops. DCist, like Patch, will send you daily email updates of the day’s best stories if you sign up for them. They also love getting reader tips, so feel free to email them.
The two on-campus Georgetown University publications, The Hoya and The Voice, are two very different outlets. The Hoya, Georgetown’s official newspaper of record since 1920, has more strict editing and more PC stories. The Voice, which is not officially connected to the school, has a lot more leeway on what they can publish. Both are geared towards students, but if you are a young person in the neighborhood, a lot of material could be pertinent to you. Both offer news and event info not just for the school but for the neighborhood and city, and often have more in depth reporting than Patch or the Dish. You can also find your weekly roundup of student scofflaws in The Hoya, if you’re into that sort of thing (this guy is). Both have free paper editions that can be picked up around campus, but their websites are better updated.
While the writing in The Hoya is generally better, the Voice’s blog is far superior. For whatever reason, Vox Populi, the Voice’s blog, seems to break every story and update extremely fast. It also provides a very student-friendly style and is often an entertaining read, commenting on issues around campus that The Hoya’s blog, 4th Edition, doesn’t touch. If you want to keep up on the student perspective of Georgetown stories, however, it is good to keep up with both.
Oh, and check out The Hoya’s app if you have an iPhone.
If you get tired of the student perspective, balance it out with The Georgetowner. With free printed publications around town, you can pick them up or check them out online. The Georgetowner is a more sophisticated newsmagazine catering to older residents (i.e., people who are no longer attending keg parties outside the front gates or frequenting Rhino), but often has interesting features about the town. It also has some of the Georgetown Current’s printed stories, which can be difficult to find online.
The Georgetown Current
If you live in Georgetown, there’s a good chance one of these is already sitting outside your front door. It’s free, and probably delivered weekly to you, and it pays to read it. Every week they have a great summary of events affecting the neighborhood. A PDF can be found online but is slow to load and difficult to access sometimes, so try not to lose the paper copy.
If you want to really get a feel for the mood of the neighborhood and the voices of your neighbors (or at least the ones with a bone to pick), get into CAG’s Yahoo! Group, which lets neighbors post notes and broadcast their thoughts or concerns (mostly concerns) to everyone else on the board. You have to “apply” to get in, but say that you’re a resident who wants to be in-the-know and you’ll quickly be accepted.
The Georgetown Business Improvement District is responsible for many of the events that feature Georgetown businesses. Check out their calendar for what is coming up, you might not want to miss out on some free food or entertainment, especially given the scenic areas these events are held at. Although much of it is glorified advertising, there is usually a chance to win something or do something fun at these events.