What is The DTM?

The DTM has been providing curated news, independent reporting, and commentary from Charlottesville, Virginia since 2012.

Good stuff from what seems to be the best news source in Charlottesville.” — Rick Tetzeli, editor-at-large, Fast Company Magazine.

What the DTM brings to local news—besides McNair’s institutional knowledge—is a zestier writing style than more established media.” - C-Ville Weekly

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Who is behind The DTM?

DTM editor David McNair is a journalist and communications consultant. He was a staff writer for The Hook. You can learn way more than you need to know about him here. You can also hire him for writing and communications projects. Reach out at dsmcnair@gmail.com or @DSMcNair.

Why is it called The DTM?

The DTM started as a blog and Facebook page about the Downtown Mall, a unique pedestrian mall that replaced downtown Main Street in the 1970s and has become a city centerpiece for culture, controversy, and tragedy. People were always using “DTM” as a local shorthand for the mall, so…


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