Needham Times

From April 2011 to June 2012 I was the staff reporter at the Needham Times, a Community Newspaper Company paper that covers the Boston suburb Needham. Needham is a bedroom community of approximately 30,000, about a 20 minute drive from Allston/Brighton. It is an affluent community and regularly hosts events such as arts festivals, performances, celebrations of new Torah scrolls and even a reenactment of a Revolutionary War battle. The community is not without its controversies as well: Needham residents often engage in heated debates about topics such as pesticide use, downtown development, environmental regulations and policies, stressed-out students in the public schools and the sex ed curriculum.

The Needham Times is a weekly paper with a circulation of 11,000. Its content can be found online at the Wicked Local site, a Community Newspaper Company website that covers 158 Massachusetts cities and towns. CNC is owned by Gatehouse Media, a company with media holdings across the United States.

As the paper’s staff reporter, I wrote six to eight stories per week; pitch story ideas; work with my editor to develop each week’s story list; attend Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Planning Board meetings; write a weekly police log; take photographs; upload content to the website; blog; and maintain contact with key community members.

Circle of Peace statue in downtown Needham

Needham school suspension rates lower than area districts

Needham priest, film director collaborate on art show

Needham disc golf fan tells his story

A community farm takes root in Needham

The timeless story of Dorian Gray opening in Needham

Needham selectmen table Bottle Bill support

Wall Street reform bill has Needham ties

A trio of new administrators for Needham Public Schools

Needham artists to work plein air

Needham hopes new signs will protect cyclists

Memorial Day 2011: Needham WWII vet remembers fallen friends

Selectmen mull end to Needham’s ban on package stores

Getting to the root of Needham’s pesticide use

New Torah scroll galvanizes Needham’s Jewish community

Needham residents support Green Communities

Needham residents embrace revised “Theater Block” plan, with some questions

Needham League of Women Voters Prez defends TV spot

Needham Open Studios: Artists take over

Needham’s Closet Exchange helping women in need to look their best

Needham’s Olin School of Engineering reaches out to the elderly

Faux history takes hold in Needham

Needham High School students “chalk it up” to art

Shop Needham First

Needham voter turnout at historic low


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