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Hearst reinvesting
in Conn. papers
and four others

Conn. keeping investigation into
its lottery secret

Mass. daily rips
AG Healey for hypocrisy on access

Vt. gets drug firms’ pricing info, but keeps it secret

Maine mulls disclosing donors from out of state

N.H. mural said to
be art protected by
First Amendment

Conn. now posts state employees’
pay biweekly

Ex-Patriot Ledger staffer charged with embezzling $279K

New Haven police arrest Conn. reporter and seize camera

One Vt. newspaper worker charged with assaulting another

3 N.E. winners among 17 cited in ‘No Small Pulitzers’

How best to use Mass.’s new
public records law

Names, numbers and
email of NENPA and
e-Bulletin staff

‘It’s certainly the most exciting technical and creative development in news, and the media in general, right now. Nothing compares to that visceral sense of presence that VR can bring; we’ve seen people be so moved — to laughter and to tears — by the experiences that we have created, it’s clear that we’re onto something really big.’

-- Nonny de la Peña,
Chief executive officer,
Emblematic Group,
Santa Monica, Cali

Virtual reality slowly becoming
a reality for news storytelling

By Jerome Chong
Bulletin Staff

With virtual reality (VR) technology, a new set of storytelling tools has been given to journalism.

Virtual reality technology has gotten better during the past few years, including the release this year of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR.

Virtual reality in journalism is just beginning to take baby steps into the new reality of virtual storytelling, and some news organizations in New England have thought about how this new platform could work for them.

According to Steven Rosenbaum, chief executive officer of and author of “Virtual Reality and Journalism -- Can They Get Along?” on, virtual reality has existed for a long time in one form or another.

“VR journalism changes the rules for both journalist and the people that journalism is shared with. It’s hard to know what to call them, not ‘readers,’ not ‘viewers’ and not ‘audiences.’ More like ‘participants,’ ” he said in his Forbes piece. MORE

Bulletin photo by Vanessa Faria

‘Every meeting was going to be open to the public. We used it as an opportunity to get even more information on the issue.’

-- Massachusetts Rep. Peter V. Kocot

Panelists view new Mass.
public records law as step
in right direction for access

By Chinyen Chang
Bulletin Staff

The making of laws and sausages have been linked in a negative way, but a Massachusetts legislator instrumental in Massachusetts’ public records reform views lawmaking and ice fishing as related.

Massachusetts Rep. Peter V. Kocot, a Northampton Democrat and an avid ice fisherman, equated the patience needed for lawmaking to what’s needed for ice fishing.

“There is a tremendous amount of preparation involved. You’ve got to have the right gear. You really have to make sure you’re with the right people,” Kocot said.

Kocot joined Todd Wallack, an investigative reporter at The Boston Globe, and Robert W. Ritchie, a lawyer specializing in municipal and real estate law who is special counsel to the Boston School Committee, in a discussion Dec. 2 at the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association annual meeting about Massachusetts’ new public records law.

Other Stories

E-editions runners-up to print

Brush with death fails to deter Maine’s Nemitz from returning to war reporting

2016 New England Newspaper Conference

Egger: Philanthropy is
key to journalism’s future

Johnson: Video, social media
transform community news

Photos of Newspaper of Year winners

Photos of Publick Occurrences
Award winners

Story, photos on Yankee Quill Awards

Dogged, watchdog journalism
honored at awards luncheon

Providence Journal nets most
awards among peers

Social networks: a
must-use news medium

NESNE salutes its storied 60-year history

Benton's good, bad outlook
for legacy media

Video of NEFAC panel discussion
on legal issues in N.E. newsrooms

News Digest

Vt. newspaper worker charged with assault
The links below are to items on other websites:
Ex-Patriot Ledger employee charged with embezzling
New Haven police arrest Conn. reporter, seize camera
Conn. SPJ criticizes arrest of New Haven reporter
Four new members join, one rejoins NEFAC board
AP cuts 25 staffers in global news department
Some news outfits up coverage for Trump White House

The links below are to items on other websites:
Deadline is Jan. 15 for NEFAC citizenship award
Washington Post’s Sullivan wins 1st Amendment award
Applications due Jan. 17 for Donoghue FOI Award

The links below are to items on other websites:
How best to use Massachusetts’ new public records law
How to avoid ‘corruption’ of gov’t flacks’ censorship
Questions to ask to verify information’s credibility
Ways to attract readers to longform online stories
A primer on punctuation: How to use semicolons

The links below are to items on other websites:
Hearst reinvesting in Conn. newspapers, four others
Ex-Globe editor Baron: Print newspapers’ future ‘grim’
3 N.E. winners celebrated in ‘No Small Pulitzers’
South Sudan deports UMaine grad reporting for AP
Study: 69% in U.S. still follow news from newspapers
Service journalism forecast to be on the increase
Some publishers re-separating print, digital staffs
Nonprofit press sees post-election uptick in donations
Humor: Poynter site’s list of best 2016 corrections

The links below are to items on other websites:
Social media struggling with bane/boon of free speech
Facebook testing ways to limit fake news on its site
3rd-party fact-checks to aid Facebook fake news vetting
Instagram to add comments and ability to remove them

N.E. Newspaper Hall of Fame nominations open

Shaunna (McDuffee) Bennett, former co-founder and publisher of The Irregular of North Conway, N.H.
Glenn R. Turner, former managing editor for operations of the Morning Sentinel of Waterville, Maine
Malcolm J. Donahoo Abigail Prescott Fearon
Daniel Joseph Stets Donald Dwight Breed
Marjorie J. Magowan Robert C. Frederiksen
James H. Marshall Charlene Murphy
Florence TamboneDorothy A. (Hansen) Saunders
Hopson B. 'Hop' 'Hoppy' Wilcox
Andrea A. Thayer Leo A. Robert Catherine Dial
Anna Cryvoff Willis

MASSACHUSETTS • Doug Franklin Mike Sheehan
Sean F. Driscoll

The links below are to items on other websites:
Conn. keeping investigation into its lottery secret
Mass. AG Healey ripped for hypocrisy on transparency
Audit finds sheriff’s ass’n deficient on transparency
Vt. gets drug firms’ pricing info, but keeps it from public
Mass. mayor stonewalls state, civilian on emails
Maine mulls disclosure of out-of-state campaign donors
N.H. mural defended as 1st Amendment-protected art
Conn. now publicly posts state employees’ pay biweekly
Files dispute Mass. transit agency absenteeism claims
Judge exercises prior restraint on N.J. newspaper
SPJ, N.J. Press Ass’n rap judge’s prior restraint ruling
$450K grant to defend press’ 1st Amendment rights
Survey: Campus speech codes lessen; threats remain

The links below are to items on other websites:
Free Chrome browser extension identifies fake news
New Republic: Reliance on click ads damaging media
Facebook’s referral traffic slips, Google’s down more
Online news readers being trapped in ‘filter bubbles’
Pew poll: 23% shared fake news online, 14% knowingly
Intercept: No solid proof Russia hacked Dems’ emails

The links below are to items on other websites:
Poynter Institute announces 2017 seminar schedule
N.H.’s Loeb School lists 2017 workshop schedule
Registration open for BU narrative session March 24-26
Applications open for URI summer science workshop


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