“Realistically, we cannot replace professional journalism, but we do fill in some of the gaps and provide local coverage that isn’t getting covered.”
Over the holiday weekend, my wife and I had occasion to take the commuter rail out to Dedham to a family gathering in memory of loved ones who have left us. As we walked the mile to my cousin’s place—through middle-class suburban streets nearly bereft of foot traffic (and, in some places, sidewalks)—I looked at the many houses we passed. And thought about the fact that, despite their generally tidy exteriors and the lush greenery all around them, we were walking through a “news desert” in formation.
Last Saturday, DigBoston, our nonprofit wing Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism ...