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April 5, 2017

WGBH News, AIR Elevate Community Journalism with New Dorchester Bureau

 

DORCHESTER, Mass., (April 5, 2017) – WGBH News opened a new bureau in Dorchester this week, giving reporters easy access to Boston’s largest, and one of its most diverse, neighborhoods. The bureau, located in Dorchester’s Fields Corner, will share space with AIR, a nonprofit network of independent public media journalists.

The move into Dorchester is part of WGBH’s strategy to establish community outposts and expand its news operation to reach more people across its service area. In addition to the station’s headquarters in Brighton, WGBH News already operates satellite studios in the Massachusetts State House and the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

“Our reporters will use this on-the-ground experience to dig into stories and get into the fabric of this vibrant community,” said Phil Redo, general manager for WGBH Radio. “The bureau is part of our ongoing strategic effort to be closer to the people we serve. The more we’re in the neighborhood—meeting sources, attending events—the more we learn.”

The opening of the Dorchester bureau comes as The Boston Globe moves out of the neighborhood for its new office downtown, giving WGBH News a unique vantage point for local news in the area. From the Dorchester site, reporters will focus on local stories about health care, housing and business, reporting on the issues and analyzing the challenges that are important to a community undergoing major social and economic change. WGBH News reporters will do two-week rotations through the space, with eventual plans to add a full-time Dorchester reporter. First up is Craig LeMoult, a WGBH News environmental reporter.

AIR, and its network of independent producers, works in partnership with stations across the country to expand public media service to the far corners of local communities. Its series of “Localore” productions pairs producers with citizen collaborators to experiment with new models for making stories with and for the people. This work has provided important insights and new means of storytelling that media organizations across the US and abroad are using to sharpen and expand their reach.

“There is tremendous determination and passion for expanding our storytelling to reflect the rich diversity of our communities,” said AIR’s CEO Sue Schardt.  “I’m excited that WGBH may become a model for others across public media to emulate.”

Stories from the new bureau will be featured regularly on 89.7 WGBH radio and online, with plans to broadcast directly from the space at least once per year and possibly expand to television broadcasts as well.

About WGBH News

WGBH News is among the fastest growing local news providers in greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for innovation, higher education and politics as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, PRI’s The World, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and The GroundTruth Project.

About AIR

AIR is a vibrant international network of 1,200 journalists, documentarians, technicians, media entrepreneurs, and sound artists with a core expertise in independent audio production. The Boston-based organization identifies, cultivates, and deploys storymakers to deepen understanding of and bring enlightenment to people worldwide. Since 2010, AIR’s national incubator, Localore, has engaged more than 400 independent, station-based, and community producers creating work that spans digital, broadcast, and street media platforms — challenging and inspiring other media makers to join in at AIRmedia.org.

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