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Big changes reported for San Antonio community journalism site

Big changes reported for San Antonio community journalism site

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After almost nine years, the Rivard Report is changing its name.  San Antonio Report/Facebook

"We've earned our new name," declares the August 10 homepage of the newly minted San Antonio Report, formerly known as the Rivard Report. 

For the past nine years, the nonprofit community journalism site has amassed a loyal and substantial following, with readers drawn to the site for both breaking news and in-depth reporting on hyperlocal issues.

In a release, the media company says the decision to change the name cements the outlet's "long-term commitment to the San Antonio community."

Robert Rivard, a longtime Alamo City journalist, began the site in 2012 following a lengthy tenure as editor of the San Antonio-Express News. Since its inception, Rivard has served as both publisher and editor alongside his wife, Monika Maeckle, a publishing executive.

As the company changes, however, so too will Rivard's role in it. A news release notes that the outlet is actively seeking a new CEO and publisher. Once that new person is in place, the San Antonio Report will begin its search for a new editor in 2021.

“This is more than a new name. It’s the story of a vision that became reality with the help of many benefactors and partners,” Rivard said. “The name acknowledges that what began as a husband and wife blog has successfully evolved into a thriving online news enterprise with a team of talented journalists and nonprofit partners. The San Antonio Report name reminds every reader and supporting member that the San Antonio Report belongs to them.”

What began as a blog in 2012 has since morphed into a mini media empire, with 22 journalists, columnists, photojournalists, editors, and development staff, notes a release. About five years ago, the Rivard Report switched to a nonprofit newsroom model that relies solely on member support, meaning it funds its journalism largely through donations from readers and executives from companies such as H-E-B and Rackspace, both of which are based in the Alamo City. 

As for Rivard, the end of his time as publisher and editor does not mark his end at the San Antonio Report. In a story outlining the outlet's name change, Rivard says he will pen a weekly column, continue to serve on the executive board, and travel.

"I am eager to find the time and space to write another book, and if the world rights itself post-pandemic, Monika and I look forward to traveling again," Rivard writes. "I spent many of my earlier years as a journalist traveling the world, but there are places I missed. The open road calls."