It feels like Somerville is becoming a news desert, a place where there is not enough news reporting to maintain an informed citizenry. Whether it’s happenings across the city, investigative deep dives or just “heroes among us” stories, it’s hard to find a reliable source for all the news that’s fit to print in the city. I’m not the only one who feels that way. Today, I attended the Somerville Community Summit, an event organized by the Somerville Media Center, the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and DigBoston. The event brought a dozen or so journalists together from different outlets, and perhaps a hundred or so citizens, who the opportunity to pitch stories about what’s going on around the city. Really great event and an encouraging turnout, particularly from the journalists.
There are literally like 12-16 journalists here introducing themselves and what they do, as community members take notes and think about what they’re going to pitch us. Great great idea for a summit. This is what journalism should have more of. #SomervilleSummit pic.twitter.com/huaym99Mei
— Sarah Betancourt (@sweetadelinevt) February 16, 2019