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Current launches its comprehensive Election Guide

Marblehead voters head to the polls on June 20 to approve or reject a $2.5 million permanent override and elect many town leaders. The Marblehead Current has got you covered with its comprehensive Election Guide that features up-to-date information on the override question and races for Select Board, School Committee, Board of Health, Recreation and Parks Commission, Light Commission and Abbot Public Library Board of Trustees. You'll find news articles, candidate Q&As and statements, editorials and letters to the editors, plus clips of the League of Women Voters of Marblehead's candidate's forum, courtesy of Marblehead TV. Find the Election Guide HERE. The Current will accept election-related letters to the editors until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16. To submit yours, click here or...
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New name. New look. Same great coverage.

No matter how we looked at it, it just fit. That’s the simplest way to explain how what you might have been getting to know as “Marblehead News” has become “Marblehead Current.” As seen in our new logo, “Current” is a nod to the ongoing importance the ocean has to our community. From Old Ironsides navigating into the shelter of Fort Sewall to the competitors who continue to do battle during Race Week or scoot up to Halifax every two years, to lobstering and Pleon Yacht Club lessons, important and fun things happen in the waters of our harbor. But we all also have come to depend on electrical “current” to supply power to many modern conveniences that border on necessities. Communities rely on “currents,”  too, and quality local journalism is one of the things that kee...
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NAMING CONTEST UPDATE: Suggestions streaming in

Residents have been flooding the Marblehead News' inbox with ideas for a new permanent name for the town's new, nonprofit news source. In no particular order, some of the suggestions we have received include: MarbleHeadlinesMarblehead ScuttlebuttMarblehead TickerMarblehead ForeverMarblehead News Messenger (or just "Messenger," though we need to check with the legal department on that)Marblehead NavigatorMarblehead GazetteDateline: MarbleheadMarblepress PressMarblehead TimesThe Marblehead CoastalThe Marblehead CoastThe Marblehead ShoreShoreline MarbleheadMarblehead VoiceMarblehead WaveUp for AirMarblehead MonitorMarblehead at a Glance, a.k.a. Marblehead GlanceMarblehead Mainsail At least a couple of people think we should just stick with "Marblehead News." Have a favorite from ...
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Marblehead News election letters policy

The Marblehead News welcomes letters to the editor related to the upcoming June 21 election, which will be accepted until noon on Monday, June 20. Submission guidelines:   Generally, letters should not exceed 500 words. The Marblehead News reserves the right not to publish submissions over the word limit and may instead return the letter to the writer for editing. Letters must include:   1. The author’s name. Unsigned letters and form letters will not be published.  2. The name of the street the author lives on in Marblehead. Only the street name will be published next to the author’s name – not their full address.   3. For every letter, we will need an author’s daytime/cell phone number (not for publication) for verification purpo...
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Introducing the Marblehead News Group

What you see here today is just a fraction of what we hope to become — with your help. We are veteran journalists and local residents who for the past several months have been laying the groundwork to launch the Marblehead News Group, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news outlet covering the town. Those involved in guiding the effort include (but are not limited to): Ed Bell, former Boston bureau chief of the Associated Press, MHTV host and Marblehead Harbor Rotarian;Jessica Barnett, teaches communications at Salem State University and is the incoming president of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor;Kris Olson, professional journalist for 24 years, 14 of which were spent serving as editor of the Marblehead Reporter (2000-2015); andLeigh Blander, an experienced TV, radio and print journalis...
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Help us choose a new name!

An independent dedicated group of local journalists and Marblehead citizens has spent the last several months working toward creating a new independent news source that is hyper-focused on Marblehead and built on a sustainable non-profit model governed by a local board of directors. With the help of a kind local attorney (thanks, David Moran!), we wound our way through the IRS thicket as well as the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office and established a bona fide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Marblehead News Group. We brainstormed and produced an initial batch of content you see on the website, primarily focused on preparing residents to cast informed votes in the June 21 election. The one thing we could not settle on? A permanent new name. On this, we humbly request yo...
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Marblehead News Group statement on donor transparency

The Marblehead News Group is committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions. We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as a public trust, we do not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses. Our news judgments are made independently — not based on or influenced by donors or any revenue source. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content. We make public all revenue sources and donors w...
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Marblehead News Group statement on editorial independence

The Marblehead News Group subscribes to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News. Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions. We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization ma...
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