FRAMINGHAM – A new newspaper launched in Framingham this weekend.
The South Side Free Press published its first issue on January 14.
The South Side Free Press “hopes to express some of the feelings and thoughts of the people who live on the south side of Framinham, at a time when its government is changing” said an article in its first edition on the front page.
The newspaper is Framingham’s first to be published in three languages – English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The newspaper will cover new City districts 6, 7, 8, and 9 only. It is a print publication only.
“By writing in the three major languages of the south side, English, Spanish, and Portuguese, we hope to encourage more south side people to become engaged in the political process with the new government,” wrote the newspaper. ” We want to amke sure that the people who live in this part of Framingham are heard, that the new government pays attention to us, responds to our needs, and helps us to share the wonderful cultures of the south side with all of the people of the city of Framingham.”
The editor is Amy Bernstein, who lives in Precinct 18. The design of the paper was done by former Framingham Downtown Renaissance director Holli Andrews and Marcio Goncales.
Bernstein, said she doesn’t know yet if the newspaper will print weekly or monthly.
“I’m just so exceited to get the first edition out,” she said, at the launch party at Amazing Things Arts Center Sunday night, January 14.
The first edition is 32-pages, and features an article about the newspaper on the front page in three lanaguges.
Also in the first edition is a Q&A interview with newly-elected Mayor Yvonne Spicer interviewed by WSRO radio host Silvio Brauna on October 23, an interview with newly-elected District 8 School Committee member Gloria Pascual, interview with former mayoral candidate Priscila Sousa, interview with the director of Amazing Things Arts Center Ellen Sturgis, interview with newly-elected District 9 City Councilor Edgardo Torres, a feature story on the Best of Brazil festival at Framingham State University, and a feature on a volleyball game on the south side.
The launch party was attended by a few dozen residents, including Mayor Spicer, Pascual, Sturgis, Sousa, District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard, City Councilor at-large Cheryl Tully Stoll, School Committee Chair Adam Freudberg, District 1 School Committee member Beverly Hugo, former ways & means chair Audrey Hall, and District 4 City Councilor Mike Cannon.
A grant helped fund the publishing of the first edition of the South Side Free Press.
Editor’s Note: The Framingham Source, an online newspaper, began publishing on April 13, 2016. The news site can be translated into more than 3 dozen languages, via Google translate. The news site was certified by Google in 2016. Framingham Source is free to all residents. There is no paywall. The 24-hour, 365-day-a-year news site is able to publish thanks to local advertising.
The MetroWest Daily News, which has been publishing for more than a century, and the Framingham Tab, both owned by Gatehouse Media, cover Framingham. Both publish only in English.
The Brazilian Times publishes news from Framingham frequently, and is available in English and Portuguese.
El Mundo, the largest circulation newspaper in Spanish in Massachusetts, covers Framingham when major news happens, just like the Boston papers and TV stations cover Framingham.
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