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Greylock Citizen/Media Collaborative / 2014

Are you disturbed that our North Berkshire region has abruptly lost its two print news media in mid-January, The Transcript and The Advocate? If so, please come to a public forum to discuss what our Berkshire community might do about it.


Dialogue on the Information Needs of the North Berkshire Community

The Williams Inn, Williamstown
Wed., Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Who participated?

(alphabetical order)

  1. Osmin Alvarez, Publisher Box Car Media Inc. North Adams
  2. Roger Bolton, Emeritus Economics Professor Williams College Williamstown
  3. Charles Bonenti, Reporter / Editor (retired) Berkshire Eagle Williamstown
  4. Steven Borns, Williamstown
  5. Stephanie Borns, Free-lance Writer Williamstown
  6. Alex Brooks, Editor/co-Owner The Eastwick Press Williamstown
  7. Jennifer Civello, Executive Director Williamstown Chamber of Commerce Williamstown
  8. Audrey Clarkson, Williamstown

@Sam Crane, professor, Williams College

  1. Janet Curran, Images Cinema Williamstown
  2. Lewis C. Cuyler, Managing Editor (Retired) North Adams Transcript Pittsfield
  3. Harriet Cuyler, Nurse Bekshire Medical Center Pittsfield
  4. Deb Dane, Executive Director WilliNet Public Access Williamstown
  5. Tammy Daniels, Editor/co-Owner iBerkshires North Adams
  6. Bill Densmore, Researcher Reynolds Journalism Institute Williamstown
  7. Dave Dewey, Development Williams College Williamstown
  8. Rick Driscoll, retired executive Sweetwood Continuing Care Williamstown
  9. Paul Dupuis, Clarksburg
  10. Van Ellet
  11. Alex Elvin, former reporter The Advocate Williamstown
  12. Joe Finnigan, Citizen Williamstown
  13. Brian Handspicker, Board member Citizen-Media Inc. North Adams
  14. Vivienne Jaffe, Williamstown
  15. Marc Jaffee, Citizen Williamstown
  16. Betsy Johnson, former co-publisher The Advocate Williamstown
  17. Jim Kolesar, VP for Public Affairs Williams College Williamstown
  18. Tom Leamon
  19. Nancy Meter???? (spelling uncertain)
  20. Harry Montgomery, Member Williamstown Rotary Williamstown
  21. Kevin Moran, Regional VP News Berkshire Eagle Pittsfield
  22. Elayne Murphy, Williamstown
  23. Margaret Oxtoby
  24. Wade Phenicie, General Manager WCFM-Williams College Williamstown
  25. Vicki Saltzman, illiamstown
  26. David Scribner, Owner / Writer The Bekshire Edge Stockbridge
  27. David Shufelt, former sales rep Hill Country Observer Williamstown
  28. Elizabeth Smith, retired farmer Caretaker CSA Farm Williamstown
  29. Sam Smith, retired farmer Caretaker CSA Farm Williamstown
  30. Lauren Stevens, Founder The Advocate Williamstown
  31. Tom Stites, Founder/Director The Banyan Project Newburyport MA
  32. Michael Sussman, retired physician Williamstown
  33. Sally Sussman, retired art teacher Williamstown
  34. Richard Taskin, Attorney North Adams
  35. Sandra Thomas, Executive Director Images Cinema Williamstown
  36. Jean Vankin, Williamstown
  37. Lani Wilmer
  38. Tela Zasloff, Member Williamstown Democratic Committtee Williamstown


  1. John Bissell, Executive VP Greylock Federal Credit Union Pittsfield
  2. Veronica Bosley, Tourism / Community Events Director City of North Adams
  3. Liz Cosley, co-owner Overland Travel Williamstown
  4. Fred Daly, Editor/Co-Owner Hill Country Observer
  5. David Durfee, General Manager Wild Oats Market (co-operative) Williamstown
  6. Mary Ferger, Board vice chairman Wild Oats Market (co-operative) Williamstown
  7. Eileen Gloster, teacher / former Advocate reporter, North Adams
  8. Carrie Greene, Mt. Greylock Regional School District Board Williamstown
  9. Moira Jones former Advocate graphic artist Williamstown
  10. Dan Kennedy Professor, Northeastern University / author: "The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-newspaper Age"
  11. Alison Kolesar, Board President Wild Oats Market (co-operative) Williamstown
  12. Steve Long, board member Shires Media Partners Williamstown
  13. Steve Peltier, former circulation manager The Advocate Williamstown
  14. Jeff Potter, Editor The Brattleboro Commons Brattleboro VT
  15. Seth Rogovoy, Editor Great Barrington
  16. Susan Schneski, Citizen/former Selectman Town of Williamstown Williamstown
  17. Ed Sedarbaum, Board Member Development North Adams
  18. Ken Swiatek, Former selectman Town of Williamstown Williamstown
  19. John Townes, contributing editor Berkshire Trade & Commerce Pittsfield
  20. Jim Wojtaszek, Greylock Federal Credit Union Pittsfield

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