Local, Local Journalism

Dan Kennedy has a remarkably thoughtful and well-reported piece on two heroes of local broadcasting Joe Heisler and Chris Lovett. These two television hosts, with very different styles, are part of the backbone of Boston’s political and civic culture.

One of the best community newspapers around is The Hull Times in Hull. Run by Susan Ovans and Chris Haraden, the Times is everything a local newspaper should be these days — independent, incisive and interesting. Of course, I’m biased. I started my path in journalism working for Susan, who was an amazing teacher and skillful editor. Chris is a tremendous asset to the newspaper and the community. He’s the author of the best chronicle of the Blizzard of 1978, Storm of the Century: New England’s Great Blizzard of 1978.

It’s interesting that shows like those of Heisler and Lovett and papers like the Times are both better and more in need than ever today. The Boston Gobe, which just closed three of its foreign bureaus seems to be trying to become more like the Times, and not the publication of their parent company out of New York.

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