The Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School kicked off their Political Pandemonium 2020 series with a workshop on media disinformation and mutual aid amid the dual pandemic of COVID-19 and ongoing systemic racism.
In 1974, a judge ordered Boston to desegregate its school system by busing students around the city. The ensuing violence was covered by local papers like the East Boston Community News. Decades later, the people who worked at the paper recall the firebombs and threats that proved the importance of their work.
Media outlets are confronting racism in the industry by making style guide changes. The Boston Globe was one of the first to do so, but some wonder whether it will be the first step or the last.
As the journalism industry grapples with cries of racism from within its ranks, journalism schools must make a choice about how to guide the next generation of media makers. Black professors and students alike feel it’s urgent to see more diverse newsrooms.
Over the past few months, fewer industries have faced more uncertainty than dining. As owners of restaurants in Massachusetts and the North End, in particular, adjust to adhere to social distancing guidelines, their jobs have changed as they try to stay in business.
After months of only takeout, every state is now allowing dine-in eating in some capacity. Over the past few months, many businesses have been sheltered, as Massachusetts flattened the curve. As the state has gradually reopened, owners are happy to be welcoming back customers, despite numerous changes. Like restaurant workers, customers are adjusting to a new normal.
The floral industry is facing transitions and obstacles nationwide, and Bostonians are stepping up to the plate to help local flower shops stay alive.