The Boston Globe has a new partnership with Boston University College of Communication to expand news coverage in the city of Newton while also helping to train the next generation of journalists, the paper said. Under a pilot program, the school will devote one of its beat reporting classes to covering the city of 90,000 residents for The Globe throughout the academic year.
The partnership will allow the Globe to deepen its coverage of Newton and test whether this attracts and retains subscribers, a news release from the paper said.
"Newton has long been among the Globe’s most loyal communities. This pilot will test if adding fresh voices with a digital-first approach helps us grow while fulfilling our civic role,” said Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe, "We're thrilled to be working with Boston University to nurture the next generation of community journalists.”
The Globe will publish a weekly newsletter, host a dedicated section on bostonglobe.com and publish both student stories and pieces from Boston Globe reporters beginning in early September.