The Bowie Sun is what's known as a "hyperlocal" news site, meaning we are hyper-focused on community news in Bowie, with occasional coverage of nearby Fairwood, Glenn Dale, Mitchellville, Woodmore and Queen Anne.
Our mission is to revive local news in Bowie, keep a close eye on the city's elected officials and highlight the civic-minded changemakers shaping this community. As we grow our staff, we plan to expand the topics we cover to include Bowie businesses and nonprofits, education and high school sports, the arts and local history.
As the largest city in Prince George's County, Bowie deserves consistent news coverage of city hall, community events and neighborhood concerns. Even though this Washington, D.C., suburb is in a major media market, none of the legacy media are laser-focused on Bowie, a city of nearly 60,000.
The Bowie Sun was founded in 2021 in response to scant news coverage of the city. With a micro-grant from the Google News Initiative, this news site launched out of a sense of urgency after the closure of a 41-year-old local newspaper.
The U.S. newspaper industry as a whole has steadily declined along with the dwindling number of reporters covering local government. In a hopeful sign, journalism students have stepped in to fill the gap at news outlets across the country.
In 2022, the Bowie Sun became a media partner in the University of Maryland Local News Initiative allowing student reporters to cover local government while helping to sustain local news. Thanks to a local grant, the Bowie Sun plans to hire its first city hall reporter by early 2023, with a goal to become a fully staffed newsroom in the near future.
We welcome your suggestions as we help reestablish community news in Bowie. Here's how you can engage with the Bowie Sun newsroom:
- Share a news tip, ask us a question or comment on an article.
- Submit an opinion (op-ed).
- Post an upcoming event or obituary.
- Upload a public notice or classified ad (help wanted, for sale, lost/found).
- Make a recommendation for a restaurant, barber or other service.
- Apply for a job opening with the Bowie Sun.
Founder and Editor
The Bowie Sun
P.O. Box 364
Bowie, MD 20719