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Thanks for the memories: UV INDEX says goodbye (for now)

Promotional photos of Maggie Cassidy and Amanda Newman for UV Index in West Lebanon, N.H., on Oct. 26, 2018. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

That’s all they wrote.

And so the quirky, exciting, creative experiment that was UV INDEX has come to an end*.

*At least for now. 

It was fun. It was freeing. And most importantly, it was a true reflection of the Upper Valley.

You might have noticed we’ve been a little quiet over here the past couple months. That’s largely because there have been some pretty big changes in our professional lives. As you might have heard, Maggie recently became the editor of the Valley News, and she’s been busy running the newsroom (and doing a great job of it). After she took the post, we had discussions about how to operate UV INDEX in her absence, and came up with a pretty solid plan for going forward.

Then I received a job offer I couldn’t refuse.

Today is my last day at the Valley News, and this is our last UV INDEX post.

That’s not to say UV INDEX is permanently 6 feet under.

Maggie and I both hope that, with the right mix of contributors, it could be revived in some capacity at some point down the road.

And if you have thoughts on …

  • what you liked
  • what you didn’t like
  • what you wanted to see more of
  • or any ideas about the Valley News in general

… you know who to call … or email. (Hint: It’s Maggie.)

UV INDEX began as a “What if?” hatched by two young, enthusiastic editors over the course of several Gchat conversations.

It started out as a private Tumblr, where we tested the waters and honed our voice. We were over the moon when we received the OK for the site to go live as part of the Valley News‘ family of publications. When UV INDEX officially launched in July 2017, we couldn’t believe the response from the community.

We loved getting tips and ideas for posts and looking at your photographs. We loved interacting with you on social media. We loved telling your stories. We loved running this site.

We’re both extremely proud of UV INDEX, the little microsite that could, and so grateful for the support from you, our readers.

It’s been real, y’all. Thanks. 

Sorry for being a little bit quiet over here lately; we have been dealing with some ~news~


Click the image to read the full story from Wednesday’s Valley News.

Yes, as my partner here pointed out the other day, it’s true, I am taking on this new challenge. (Thanks so much, Amanda!)

So yeah, apologies for going MIA for a while but we’ve some ch-ch-changes going on over here and will do our best to update UV INDEX as much as we can as we handle ’em. Thanks for reading and thanks for your support.

Oh yeah …

And one more thing …

Thanks for the chips!

#tbt to the Jeralyn 2000, when we beamed in an editor onto a laptop on a lazy Susan

Night desk editor Jeralyn Darling, who formerly lived in the Upper Valley but now lives on the other side of the country, works for the Valley News remotely. But two years ago, on election night, we beamed her into the newsroom via the Jeralyn 2000, which was HAND-BUILT by me using:

  • a Google Chromebook
  • an old bulletin board
  • a lazy Susan
  • a pile of old newspapers