Each Monday, we will be profiling newsrooms big and small from across GateHouse in our Newsroom Profile feature. If you'd like to have your newsroom profiled here, just fill out the Newsroom Profile Questionnaire.
|Newspaper name and location:||
Cambridge Chronicle, Somerville, Mass.
David L. Harris
|Other newsroom staff members:||
Brian P. Nanos, assistant editor
Auditi Guha, crime reporter
|Give us a short history of your newspapers:||
The Cambridge Chronicle has been the paper of record in Cambridge, a city of 100,000, for more than 160 years. Our coverage reflects the diversity of our city, with an equal focus on politics, education, arts and human interest stories. Whether a resident wants to know what happened at the most recent City Council meeting or what is playing at one of the numerous theaters in town, the Chronicle is a one-stop reading experience. The staff reporters are dedicated to fully covering the community, with a focus on analytical reporting where appropriate. While Cambridge is often seen as a city of cookie-cutter liberals, the lively debate on the paper’s opinion pages reflects the range of opinions among our readers.
|Tell us something unique about your community:||
Cambridge is home to some of the world's best-known institutions: from Harvard and MIT to Genzyme and the Forsyth Institute, a non-profit focused on oral health. We've also got the best restaurants and music venues in the Boston area.
|Do you have any quirky or fun newsroom traditions? Any mascots? What's your newsroom snack of choice?||
We sometimes go out to lunch. We also have a new tradition called "Fun Club," which is basically a group of us going out on a Friday after work. And then there's the magical stuffed unicorn in our office, but we can't reveal much about that.
|What has your newsroom accomplished in the past year that you are most proud of? What was your biggest story of the year? Please send links, if possible.||
Two big stories we covered in the past year that garnered international attention: the saga about Russian spies discovered in Cambridge and the wrap-up investigation of the 2009 arrest of Harvard's Henry Louis Gates Jr. Both received lots of attention.
Last November, we also put out a nice special section commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Harvard Square Business Association.
|What new initiatives does your newspaper have planned this year? (Is there a new feature, special section or big story you want to tackle?)||
We're continuing to examine homeless issues in Cambridge -- even with the economy recovering from a recession, there's still a lot of jobless people out there who have nowhere to turn. Lastly, we're gearing up for municipal elections in November, which is always fun. We've recently begun a "City Council" blog, which we'll use to allow current city councilors as well as contenders and observers to blog on. Stay tuned!