On Sunday, January 28, 2024, LWVMA, together with LWVN and the Brookline, Needham, Wayland and Wellesley leagues, co-sponsored a book signing event with Dan Kennedy, professor of journalism at Northeastern University, who co-authored a book with Ellen Clegg, former editor of the Boston Globe, called What Works in Community News.
Dan described the studies he and Ellen are conducting of how local communities are tackling the crisis of the vacuum in local news journalism by creating new forms of local journalism. He then presented an overview of several of the local journalism startup projects that they are engaged with in various parts of the country as examples of their study, and how such startups are hoping to solve the local news crisis one community at a time.
Following the presentation, there was an interactive Q&A session where guests were able to dig a bit deeper into the projects, what worked well and where there are struggles as we look across our communities’ and the consumer demographics.
As both Brookline and Newton have their own digital news services, the LWVMA was pleased to welcome:
- from the Brookline News, Irene Sege, member of its steering committee and board of directors.
- from the Newton Beacon, Editor-in-Chief Bryan McGonigle and Board Member Rhanna Kidwell, Board Member
- from Fig City News, President and Board Chair Amy Sangiolo.
As a capstone to the event, Mary Cotton of Newtonville Books oversaw the selling and signing of copies of What Works in Community News. The books sold out.
The event was a tremendous success! Thank you to all who organized, promoted, and attended the event and thank you to Lasell for hosting a truly enjoyable gathering.