FRAMINGHAM – Communities need local journalism just as much as the nation needs journalists.
Founder, publisher, and editor of the SOURCE news site Susan Petroni will talk about the role of local community journalism, and how she reports the news in Framingham at the main Framingham Public Library on Thursday, September 26.
Petroni is speaking as part of the Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library’s Lifelong Lecture Series.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Presentation starts at 7 p.m.
Petroni will also offer tips on how to get news coverage for your business, organization, event, etc.
Petroni has been a journalist since high school, when she was hired by the Everett-Leader Herald to cover basketball and other high school sports.
After graduating from Boston College, Petroni was an award-winning sports editor (New England Press Association NEPA awards) and an award-winning education reporter (named best education reporter by the Massachusetts Teachers Association) while working for North Shore Weeklies.
Next, Petroni worked as a political and investigative reporter at the Old Colony Memorial in Plymouth.
During her tenure, the paper won New England Newspaper of the Year from the New England Newspaper Association (NENA); and Susan won individual NEPA, Suburban Newspapers of American (SNA) and National Newspapers Association (NNA) awards.
A former editor of the Billerica Minute-Man, and an investigative reporter for Beacon Communications and the former Community Newspaper Company, Petroni left weekly newspapers for the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Eagle-Tribune newspaper in 1994.
Overseeing community journalism in more than a half dozen communities as Suburban Editor, Petroni later became the Features and Arts & Entertainment Editor. The daily newspaper was a finalist for a Pulitzer (Malden Mills Fire) and won numerous NENA & NEPA awards during her tenure.
After getting married and having a family, Petroni became a freelance writer and editor.
She has written for national publications, like FamilyFun magazine, and was editor of Bay State Parent magazine from 2004-2008.
Bay State Parent won more than 100 awards while Petroni was at the helm, including being named best regional parenting magazine in North America by SNA in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Petroni also won several individual Parenting Publications of America (PPA) awards for her writing and editing.
In 2010, Petroni launched Framingham Patch for AOL. She was the site’s only editor until her departure in March 2016.
Petroni has been a presenter at New England Press Association conventions. She has done seminars on crime reporting, education reporting, sports reporting, religion reporting, covering and attracting younger readers, and investigative reporting.
Petroni served on the New England Press Association (NEPA) convention committee for more than a decade. The organization is now called the NENPA.
Petroni also has been a presenter at the national PPA convention speaking on increasing Web readership, education reporting, and engaging readers.
A multi-award winner in several journalism categories, Petroni was invited to judge the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Maine Press Awards.
Petroni is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, National Education Writers Association, National Federation of Press Women and several other professional organizations.