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SAVE THE DATE: Journalism icon Walter Robinson of “Spotlight” fame to speak at Current event
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SAVE THE DATE: Journalism icon Walter Robinson of “Spotlight” fame to speak at Current event

Walter V. Robinson, who led The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight investigative journalism team, will speak at a special event hosted by the Current at the Warwick Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 29. As part of the evening, the Current will show the Academy Award-winning film, “Spotlight,” based on Robinson and his Globe colleagues. (Michael Keaton played Robinson on screen.) Journalist Water V. Robinson of "Spotlight" fame is coming to Marblehead. COURTESY PHOTO Robinson is currently editor at large at the Globe, where his high impact stories about local, national and international events have graced the front page since 1972. The “Spotlight” evening begins at 6 p.m. with a champagne reception and light refreshments. At 6:30 p.m., Robinson will talk about investigati...
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Historian/photographer/Current contributor Dan Dixey wins Person of the Year

The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce honored historian and photographer Dan Dixey as the 2023 Person of the Year at its 71st annual meeting Thursday night at the Corninthian Yacht Club. Dan Dixey accepts his Person of the Year award at the Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. CURRENT PHOTOS / LEIGH BLANDER Dixey has more than 5,000 photographs of historic Marblehead and his feature The Dixey Collection appears regularly in the Current. Dixey has published photography books and recently produced a documentary on lobstering in Marblehead. His wife, children and grandkids all cheered him on as he acccepted his award. Other award recipients included: The Chamber of Commerce hosts its 71st annual meeting and announces award winners at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Frank Regan Co...
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FROM THE FOUNDERS: Why nonprofit news matters now more than ever

I have wanted to be a news reporter since I was a kid carrying a notebook around my neighborhood and on my school playground, jotting down interesting things people were doing and saying. Years later, journalism degree in hand, I launched into a career of reporting and producing in TV, radio and print newsrooms. I have loved every minute of it. There have been so many important stories to tell: the fall of the Soviet Union (yes, I’m that old), presidential elections, terror attacks, climate change, social justice movements…  Before co-founding the Marblehead Current, all my previous journalism jobs were with for-profit networks and companies, and while I never felt pressured to cover a story in a certain way, I knew not all the news we wrote was helping people or advancing ...
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Meet Current intern Claire Tips

That 2022 Marblehead High School graduate Claire Tips wound up at Indiana University is unsurprising. Both of her parents went there, after all. Tips has worked as the Current's intern this summer, covering news stories and writing social media posts. But Tips did more than just become a Hoosier. She was one of 25 incoming students chosen for the school’s exclusive journalism honors program named for Ernie Pyle, the Indiana native whose reporting from the front lines of World War II earned him a Pulitzer Prize. Pyle was killed in action during the Battle of Okinawa on April 18, 1945. As an Ernie Pyle Scholar, Tips will spend part of her sophomore year at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, receiving training on media ethics and writing, among other topics. Next s...
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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 9, for our print edition and 5 p.m...
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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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