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.
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.
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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
Digital publication run by interns, freelancers, and staff—friends old and new
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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
Interns: Yaakov 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 Emeriti: ZhaoZhou 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
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 email@example.com.
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