BINJ staff and Somerville News Garden volunteers have not undertaken this effort to compete with existing or future news outlets in Somerville. We are simply working on creating a replicable model that cities and towns around Massachusetts and the US can use to stop their municipalities from turning into “news deserts,” in the parlance of journalism academics.
A joint press release by the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and Free Press Action
Journalists mounted unusual lobbying effort to help beleaguered local news outlets
[W]e’re asking all readers who are concerned about the collapse of local news media to contact your state representative and ask them to cosponsor Amendment #40 of H. 4879. The more cosponsors the amendment has, the more likely House Ways and Means will pass it. If that happens it has a good chance of making it through the full legislative process for this session. And becoming a law. Which would be a promising outcome for the future of local news in the Commonwealth.
We want to speak with people from other community groups as well, but for now we’re focusing on artists, service industry professionals, freelance reporters, and Chelsea residents.