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.
We are excited to announce that one of our recent features, “Unbearable Pressure: For members of the Asian LGBTQ community, Boston can be solid ground for personal discovery and advocacy. Still, some stories remain untold,” has also been published by Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English Newspaper in New England
Independent journalists from BINJ, DigBoston, and several other sites and papers will use the facilities, which we first conceived as an alternative to the hotel across the street where journalists from bigs like CBS and CNN enjoyed cozy press accommodations while the rest of us sat on the carpet in the lobby and fought over electrical outlets.
“The public benefited, too, from the much greater availability of new visions and values, which broadened the political, cultural, and spiritual options of millions”
We also had the honor of giving out a prize of our own, the “BINJ Award,” which we sponsored to acknowledge the “Best Nonprofit Collaboration.”