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WELCOME TO HORIZONMASS

After several months of preparatory work, my Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism colleagues and I are pleased to launch HorizonMass, the first standalone periodical that our organization has ever published.

Since BINJ’s core mission has been to produce longform investigative journalism, we have mainly been focused on syndicating news articles we produce to independent news organizations around Massachusetts heretofore. But as our internship program has expanded significantly in recent years, we feel like we have enough talent on hand from several universities in three cohorts every year to run a regular news outlet of our own. Which explains the HorizonMass tagline: “Independent, student-driven journalism in the public interest.”

With interns working with us as reporters, designers, marketers, and (for the first time) editors, together with our ever-growing crew of professional freelance writers, we can continue to do our part to train the next generation of journalists while covering more Bay State happenings than ever before. We hope you enjoy our initial offerings and support our efforts with whatever donations you can afford.

Forward,

Jason Pramas, Editor-in-Chief, HorizonMass

If you like HorizonMass, please consider donating to our tax-deductible IRS 501(c)(3) sponsoring organization, the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. 

BINJ supports the development and production of independent news in Massachusetts, including with this new publication, HorizonMass. BINJ achieves its mission by: providing organizational support to community publications; running reporting collaborations and civic engagement initiatives; training promising journalists; and producing bold investigative journalism. 

While BINJ is an extremely efficient organization, the work we do week in, week out takes a significant annual budget to produce. That’s why any amount you can spare helps us continue to provide quality news on issues of the day in the Commonwealth. Just click the big DONATE button below to get started. 

Thanks.

NEWS

THE WAITING GAME

He’s been to shelters, he has a case worker, doctors will help him—but how much longer can he wait? Meet Billy, one of the many sources informing “Cambridge Unhoused,” who sells Spare Change News in Central Square

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CULTURE

ART OFFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?

Major Boston A.I. Art Exhibit Draws Crowds, Concerns, And Future Collaborators
“Rather than perceiving A.I. as a threat, it can be viewed as a powerful tool that expands creative boundaries.”

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SQUARE ROOTS

The Legendary Past And Uncertain Future Of The Harvard Square Theatre Will the iconic venue ever return to its rock roots as has been rumored?  When I first discovered the Harvard Square Theatre on a lunch break from work, it felt like I had realized its potential all on my own. Although boarded up and broken down, the venue’s unassuming exterior sparked my curiosity. I was working as an event host on Palmer Street for the 2022 pop-up exhibition, the Art of Banksy. I was in the rare and somewhat disturbing mood of believing that I can do anything. And at the time, what I really wanted to do was open a nightclub. I was keen on finding the perfect location for this imaginary destination.

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BEYOND INFLUENCE

BINJ profiles of internet sensations tell stories behind local creatives with international fanbases This year, in addition to the community news and investigative reporting that BINJ is best known for, we are excited to get back into covering a lot of music and arts. It’s not a new initiative, we have produced long form features on local creatives since the beginning, but in 2023 we’re deliberately leaning in to fill more of these gaps. We’ll never get to everyone, but there are far too many people doing phenomenal things and making big moves out of Greater Boston whose whole stories haven’t been told. And we hope to tell lots of them. This week, we have two profiles of Boston-based social media influencers whose videos are

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OPINION

HORIZONMASS MASTHEAD

Editor-in-Chief: Jason Pramas
Editor-at-Large: Chris Faraone
Associate Editor: Taylor Brokesh, Sabine Ollivier-Yamin
Assistant Editors: Ben Bienstock, Avery Fitzgerald, Cohavit Gil, Bryan Liu, Eden Mor, Luis Santos
Reporters: Yaakov Aldrich, Taylor Brokesh, Niya Doyle, Cohavit Gil, Jack Gorsline, Bryan Liu, Julia Norkus, Sabine Ollivier-Yamin, Lindsay Shachnow, Sofia Waldron
Designers: Ella Nasca, Alexis Park
Photographer: Derek Kouyoumjian
Web Developer: John Loftus
InternsYaakov Aldrich, Ben Bienstock, Taylor Brokesh, Frank Chen, Niya Doyle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jack Gorsline, Ana Lindo, Bryan Liu, Sabine Ollivier-Yamin, Luis Santos, Sofia Waldron, Ryan Yau
Interns EmeritiZhaoZhou Dai, Avery Fitzgerald, Rónán Fitzgerald, Cohavit Gil, Jared Jacob, Jamie Long, Eden Mor, Ella Nasca, Julia Norkus, Alexis Park, Billy Sanders, Luis Santos, Lindsay Shachnow, Gracie Warda

Notice
HorizonMass is published by Massachusetts Media Fund, Inc. d/b/a Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ), an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit corporation. All rights to HorizonMass content—other than works made for hire by BINJ staff, first global web rights to display HorizonMass works published by contract creators (also known as freelancers) on BINJ websites and store them on BINJ servers and staff computers, and first global syndication rights to distribute HorizonMass works published by contract creators via BINJ’s news service MassWire, unless otherwise specified on a work-by-work basis—are held by their creators. All works made for hire by BINJ staff are: Copyright 2023 Massachusetts Media Fund, Inc. d/b/a Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ). 

Contact HorizonMass at: 1-617-209-9511 or info@horizonmass.news.

Mailing Address
HorizonMass, 519 Somerville Ave. #206, Somerville MA 02143, USA.

REPORTER BIOS

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Dan is a reporter who has covered Massachusetts for the Boston Herald and Gatehouse Media.
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Jason Pramas is HorizonMass editor-in-chief. A longtime photojournalist with an MFA in Visual Arts, he is also executive director of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and writes the award-winning column Apparent Horizon. Pramas is a Boston native.
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Jean Trounstine is a writer, activist, and professor whose latest book is Boy With a Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice. She is on the steering committee of the Coalition for Effective Public Safety.
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Chris Faraone is HorizonMass editor-at-large. A Queens, NY native who came to New England in 2004 to earn his MA in journalism at Boston University, he is a co-founder of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. Faraone has published several books including 99 Nights with the 99 Percent, and has written liner notes for hip-hop gods including Cypress Hill, Pete Rock, Nas, and various members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
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Cohavit Gil is a HorizonMass assistant editor and reporter. A freelance writer and an intern at the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, she graduated from UMass Amherst in 2020 with a degree in psychology/neuroscience. Gil has written feature stories ranging from recent discoveries in neurobiology to cultural moments like Anna Delvey’s solo art exhibit.
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Adam covers breaking news for the Boston Globe and is the president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has covered housing and homelessness for various area publications including Spare Change News.
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Sabine Ollivier-Yamin is a HorizonMass associate editor and reporter. She is a Boston based arts and culture writer interested in the comedy beat. Ollivier-Yamin has written for the Daily Free Press, the Bunion, Gold Comedy, and the Core Journal. She is also a great pedestrian, she always pays attention to street signs.
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Niya Doyle is a HorizonMass reporter and a recent graduate of Boston University. She loves music, cats, and baking.
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Jack Gorsline is a HorizonMass reporter. He is also a dual-enrolled student at Bunker Hill Community College and Northeastern University, studying Journalism and Political Science. Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Jack moved to Boston in 2020 to serve as an AmeriCorps’ at two charter schools in the heart of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Most recently, he spent the summer of 2023 interning with Strategies for Children: a Boston-based early childhood education policy research and advocacy organization. A lifelong news junkie, Jack will regularly report on higher education, labor, economics, as well as political affairs both foreign and domestic, to name a few beats.
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Bryan Liu (they/them) is a HorizonMass assistant editor/reporter and an Emerson College student from Jersey who micro-doses on pop culture one social commentary at a time. With a background in living arts, Bryan’s feature writing also explores the greater Boston area and Emersonian culture.
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Julia Norkus (she/they) is a HorizonMass reporter. A journalist and photographer at Emerson College, their focus lays with the arts, with a passion for music and performance. As an Emerson student, she acts as Editor-in-Chief of WECB.fm’s Milk Crate, a music publication, as well as the host of WECB.fm radio show “Lavender Tea”. In their free time, Norkus loves bike rides, attending local shows in Allston and collaging.
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Frank Chen (he/him) is a HorizonMass reporter. A journalist and photographer at Emerson College, he focuses on social justice and local news with a passion for investigative journalism. As an Emerson student, he is a founding member of the AAJA Emerson Chapter. He loves traveling and listening to live music whenever he is free.
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Sofia Waldron (she/her) is a HorizonMass reporter. She is a student at Emerson College studying Journalism. In addition to her love of journalism, Waldron is interested in photography, music, art, and travel.
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Taylor Brokesh (she/her) is a HorizonMass reporter and associate editor. She is also a senior studying journalism at Boston University. Brokesh has covered just about everything, from state government to midterm elections to the World Cup and beyond, and in the future she hopes to cover the environment and politics. When she’s not reporting or editing, you can find her watching movies from the early 2000s, browsing small record stores and bookstores or hunting for the next best bowl of ramen.
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Nate Homan is a South Shore-born punk rock amateur boxer who graduated from Emerson College and has written for the Boston Phoenix, Metro Boston/NYC/ Philly, Front Page Detectives, DigBoston, and the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism.
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Lindsay Shachnow is a HorizonMass reporter. She is a journalism student at Boston University and has a strong passion for social justice and data-driven storytelling. Lindsay is the co-campus editor for the Daily Free Press and has previously interned for BU Today and Gotham Gazette.
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Yaakov Aldrich (any/all) is a HorizonMass reporter. They are a Boston-based student journalist and photographer, currently studying English and Political Science at Northeastern University, where they also write regularly for the Huntington News. Yaakov follows local stories about political activism, community events, and art in Boston.
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