Greetings from the Hartford Courant Alumni Association and Refugee Camp headquarters:
These have been a tough four years for many and an adventure for all former Courant journalists who have scrambled to find their footing as a great institution fell into bankruptcy and underwent a lot of pain.
To the extent that it can, and in its own peculiar way, the Refugee Camp has attempted to follow and inform developments in the Courant’s newsroom and relevant events around it — including keeping track of its former inhabitants. To date, the site has had 567,633 page views.
In practical terms, that means a hundred of so people are reading the site every day. (About 20 in the time it is taking me to compose this letter.) So, on behalf of the entire far-flung empire, thanks for that.
The site’s most important purpose — and the main reason it was founded — is to hold together as much as possible the large family of Courant writers, photographers, editors and others who shared a meaningful and rewarding time at the paper. You may be among them.
Please keep reading and please keep this site in mind when you have something you’d like to share, either personal or professional. (Photos, comments, news, job openings, etc.) Your fellow ex-patriots (and their fans) would love to hear from you and about you.
Also, the membership list is always in danger of falling out of date, so please send a note if your email address changes or you know the updated address of a fellow member.