The Globe and Boston Black News launch new radio show focused on community stories
The show will continue on a monthly basis with a rotating group of hosts, including Greg Lee, The Globe’s senior associate editor for talent and community, cultural columnist Jeneé Osterheldt and veteran journalist Meghan Irons.
“The goal of this partnership is to develop a space for the black community to engage and connect with writers, information sources and community actors from the Globe in order to deepen ties across the community of the Globe. Greater Boston, ”the Globe said in a statement.
The first show will feature conversations with mayoral candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George.
Lee, the Globe’s former senior sports writer from 2004 to 2012, who returned last November to his current role, said the radio show was part of a larger Globe initiative to reach communities of color.
“One of the reasons I came back to the Boston Globe was to help us extend our conversations to communities we need to engage with on a regular basis,” said Lee, former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. “The partnership with Pastor Wall’s station is a step towards this effort, and we hope our conversations with the community will help us become a better newsroom and engage audiences with our journalism.”
Boston Black News has aired weekly on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for about six months, Wall said in an interview. Seeking to expand his news reporting capabilities, Wall contacted The Globe to inquire about a possible partnership.
“I knew we had to cover stories about black people and produced and reported by black people,” he said. “So I [contacted] the Globe because I liked the quality of the writing, and I love and appreciate some of the journalists who were there.
After asking if the Globe would be open to collaborating on this concept, Wall said he received a response the next day.
“I was surprised that a day later the email came back and said, ‘Absolutely, what can we do to help? “”
Wall said the partnership would benefit his station and listeners by providing in-depth reporting and current affairs analysis by Globe journalists.
He is confident that this will also benefit the Globe in its efforts to build stronger ties with the community it serves.
“We’re going to help the Boston Globe reach Black Boston like they’ve never done before,” he said.