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‘I support any effort from this industry. We’re a resource for you and your teams covering these events. We need informed leaders.’

-- Maura Healey

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Healey was the keynote speaker at the meeting, which took place at Bastille Kitchen in Boston and was attended by about 50 publishers and others.

Healey said she recognizes the need for journalism, especially after an historic election. She noted the importance of journalists “telling everyday stories in the communities.”

“It’s been a challenging month and time for our country,” Healey said. “We’re in the midst of trying to sort through the issues.

“I support any effort from this industry,” she said. “We’re a resource for you and your teams covering these events. We need informed leaders.”

Leadership also comes from the public, she said.

“We need to pay attention to the people we have the honor of serving,” she said.

The government and the public working together is pivotal, Healey said.

“Our job is to represent the Commonwealth, that we defend laws when they are challenged, but we also wear a dual hat of representing the public interest,” she said.

“I pledged to be the people’s lawyer,” she said. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with you and your teams, and I appreciate the advocacy for transparency in government.”

Healey called for the community to work together.

“I know what I signed up for in the attorney general’s office,” she said. “I’m going to continue to be somebody who takes things as they come.

“Now more than ever, the work of the attorney general becomes more important,” she said. “I look forward to doing it every day. There is a lot of work across state agencies and government, and we can do it well.”

About 50 people attended Healey’s keynote speech at the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association annual meeting.

POSTED 12/8/16


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