The Dorchester Reporter has hired an outside editor to keep tabs of its coverage of the 1st Suffolk Senate race of Linda Dorcena Forry, whose husband, Bill, is publisher of the paper and the Boston Haitian Reporter and Mattapan Reporter.
Michael Jonas, executive editor of CommonWealth magazine, and a long-time Dorchester resident, will review the paper's coverage of her race this spring to replace recently resigned state Sen. Jack Hart.
[Jonas] will be reviewing the Reporter newspapers' coverage of the campaign for the First Suffolk State Senate seat, receiving and exploring reader feedback, and publishing his findings in a regular column and online at DotNews.com.
Bill Forry, managing editor of the Dorchester Reporter, has been awarded a yearlong Shorenstein scholarship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government:
The full tuition Shorenstein Center Scholarship in Press and Politics is awarded to an individual who has a proven interest in issues concerning the press and politics. The scholarship supports students who wish to pursue graduate study in the field of press, politics and public policy.
To prepare for his absence, the Reporter has announced several newsroom changes. Publisher Ed Forry (Bill's father), will return to overseeing editorial and op/ed pages, while Tom Mulvoy, former managing editor of the Boston Globe, will become interim managing editor. News Editor Pete Stidman is leaving the chain by mutual consent after two years to pursue other interests. Mike Deehan of Dorchester, a partime staffer with State House News Service, joins the paper as a contributing writer. And longtime contributor Gin Dumcius, a veteran State House reporter will expand his coverage of local politics.
In addition to the Dorchester paper, the Reporter chain includes the Mattapan Reporter, the Boston Haitian Reporter and the Boston Irish Reporter.
Ed. full disclosure: I do consulting for the Reporter folks.
The Dorchester Reporter has a spiffy new look - and, equally important, the beginnings of a new online community for Boston's largest neighborhood.
I have to admit I'm a bit biased, though, since I helped build the site (see, I haven't just been sitting around moping and feeding my Twitter addiction). Actually, I'd be most grateful if you could check it out and let us know what you think - both good and, especially, bad, so I can bask in the former (no ego here) and fix the latter (I already have a checklist started).
Let us know in this forum, where Managing Editor Bill Forry explains the reasons for the changeover more eloquently than I could. It's the first time the Reporter's had a forum, which is one of the ways we're trying to build that community. You'll see other community hooks as you explore the site, with more to come (think of what a community newspaper could do with maps) - but in addition to finding problems, let us know how the site can better serve the neighborhood.
A search-engine note: We're using Google's coop search. It works well and means less server issues on our end. But until Google indexes the new site, which should take a few days, the links will all go to old versions of articles (all of them with the same exact title).
Most of the police-blotter columns in Boston's weeklies are pretty boring (dear GateHouse papers: Any chance you could add stuff like time and specific addresses to your items? Saying somebody got arrested for A&B on Washington Street in Roslindale is kinda useless, given that the street runs the entire length of the neighborhood, kthxbye). But the Dorchester Reporter's weekly column, written by Officer Mike Keaney of Area C-11, is anything but dry:
... Once the prisoner had stripped down to his socks, a visual inspection was made and secreted neatly between the suspect's vertically smiling derriere was a large plastic bag that contained 39 smaller plastic bags of a hard rock-like cocaine infused substance. I guess that's why they call it "crack." ...
Keaney then discusses the police-station debate as to who would remove said items for evidence.