As part of the Brookline community, you’ve no doubt noticed that over the last few years, the news landscape has shifted. These changes reflect national trends: as local newspapers die out, countless small towns and cities across the country are becoming news deserts. The data from news deserts is clear: they are less democratic, less able to hold public officials accountable and without rigorous local reporting, often vulnerable to systemic abuses of power. At BIG, we are committed to not letting that happen in Brookline.
Over the last year, we’ve been working on a new and important project that will be vital to the Brookline community and to the future of BIG. We’re excited to announce the launch and development of a new community news, information and dialogue platform, which we are calling Civic Brookline.