Our fourth year of operation and our first as a standalone 501(c)3 nonprofit, 2019 was a time for BINJ to mature and lay the foundation to become a much larger force in local reporting and media-focused organizing, not only in Greater Boston but across the Commonwealth and all throughout the country.
Though the response was mostly positive, however cloaked in sadness, there were also criticisms, and for the most part I agree with complaints about how I neglected to identify those working hard to hydrate news deserts and who are launching ambitious hyperlocal startups and hustling between the gaps.
BINJ is examining how grassroots campaigns in Massachusetts and elsewhere are challenging policies related to parole, fighting to reduce the number of people sentenced to life without parole, and in many cases, having success and creating real change.
If you see us at a conference or meetup, please be sure to introduce yourself and tell us about the work you are doing in your area.
In addition to appearing in DigBoston, the article has also been published by our frequent partners at the Shoestring in Western Mass, and it will also run in the upcoming issue of the Bay State Banner.