The Globe announced today it's expanding Newton coverage with the help of a class of Boston University journalism students, who will give the Garden City the kind of coverage it may no longer get from its longtime GateHouse-owned newspaper.
The students are in a "reporting in depth" class taught by Gail Spector, a former editor of the Newton Tab, in which students are assigned a specific community to cover for the semester. From the BU course catalog:
You will develop sources, walk the streets, cover a beat, attend meetings, shoot photos and provide readers with public interest journalism.
In Newton, the students will help the Globe turn out a weekly Newton newsletter and write articles for both the print Globe and its Web site, the Globe says.
In a statement, the Globe says:
While many regional news organizations continue to cut local coverage, this partnership with Boston University will allow the Globe to deepen its coverage of Newton and test whether this attracts and retains subscribers, which are business imperatives for long-term sustainability.