News and Views

Welcome to The Cecil Times, an online-only “newspaper” that presents original reporting on news, politics and viewpoints in Cecil County, Maryland and the Upper Eastern Shore.

Cecil Times began in late 2008 as a blog to cover political and election news that wasn’t being covered by the limited, so-called “mainstream media” in the area. The news blog went on hiatus after the 2008 elections but returned in the fall of 2009, as the need for professional, original reporting in the region became even more urgent with wholesale staff layoffs and coverage cutacks in area print newspapers.

Cecil Times focuses on the un-reported or under-reported news affecting the region, from census and demographic trends to local and state policy and politics. We believe in the adage, “knowledge is power,” and will work to empower our readers with information, commentary and reasoned discussion on issues vital to our rapidly transforming region.

We wish traditional newspapers well, but the Internet provides new options for professionally produced news, views and information, beyond print, press releases or the rough and tumble web world of message boards and social networks.

With the move from a blog to a dedicated website in October 2010, Cecil Times will evolve with our communities and develop new features and means of interaction. But you will have to look elsewhere for a lot of four letter words, threats of violence and other assorted sins of the regional blogging world. We are a bit too civil, and civilized, for that.

The editor of Cecil Times is Nancy Schwerzler, a 30-year professional journalist who worked as an editor and national correspondent of The Baltimore Sun and an online news executive with The Washington Post Company. She covered the US Congress and national political campaigns, including the 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns as a national traveling correspondent with the candidates.

She is also a former member of the Standing Committee of Correspondents, which supervises news reporters covering the U.S. Congress. She also founded the first online news service to win press credentials to cover Congress.

See a video of one of her many TV appearances on C-SPAN and other networks, discussing Congress and Washington:

Cecil Times content is published under copyright, pursuant to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

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