Bigger, Better Coverage For Boston Schools?

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Here’s some potentially good news: WBUR (Boston public radio) is going to be boosting its education coverage in the near future.  

How do I know this? They’ve tasked Louise Kennedy to oversee WBUR’s “new vertical about education and learning at all stages of life.” It’s scheduled to launch this fall. There was an event where folks came and told WBUR what they were interested in last month. At one point not too long ago, she was looking for extra hands to help with the project. As to the approach the site is going to take, Kennedy tweeted “Fair, full reporting – that’s all I can promise.”  More than that I do not know – and Kennedy is not telling (yet). 

This isn’t WBUR’s first foray into education coverage. The station has run something it’s called the Boston Learning Lab for a couple of years now. See what I think was the grant announcement for that from 2013. 

Take with a few other developments, this constitutes a bit of a surge in media coverage of education in Boston, which has lagged in recent year. The Boston Globe is slated to launch a solutions-oriented education effort at some point in the near future, a sister site to the Seattle Times education page and the Medium-based BRIGHT magazine. 

Related posts: The Promise and Peril of “Solutions” Journalism

Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.