Non-profit organization launches local news website for Newton

Newton residents will soon have another way to keep up to date with all things Newton with the launch of The Newton Beacon, a non-profit local news website.

“The Newton Beacon will be a new non-profit digital news site committed to fair, non-partisan and professional reporting on local news and issues,” website bed. “The focus will be on the local – rooted in and dedicated to the city of Newton.”

The Newton Beacon was born in response to a decline in local news in Newton, which, according to its site, was found to be linked to “declining voter turnout, corrosion of factual decision-making and weakening of responsibility of the government”. .”

The Newton News Foundation, a newly created non-profit organization, will publish the site.

“Like many cities and towns across America, Newton has very little media coverage from traditional newspapers, with the Newton Tab recently ceasing its long-running print edition and Boston Globe coverage being very limited,” Matt said. Hills, a board member of the Newton News Foundation, in an email.

Trade newsrooms across the country have had a tough decade. Before the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated Newsroom Closings and Consolidations, Pew Research Center measure that employment in newsrooms in the United States fell by 23% between 2008 and 2019.

The Newton News Foundation Board of Trustees, which is comprised entirely of Newton residents, will have financial and operational responsibilities with respect to The Newton Beacon, according to the website. Paid professional journalists will make all decisions regarding coverage and content.

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