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About Worcester Wired

Worcester — the city where the sure thing often fails and the unexpected triumphs. The center of the county, rich with history, politics, personality, quirks, culture, counter-culture and subculture. How can you not love it? We do.

Worcester Wired is a registered non-profit media company dedicated to exploring Worcester in all of its facets.

Q: What does the non-profit status mean?

It means that there is no private owner or shareholders who benefit financially from Worcester Wired. Instead, any funds generated are used to bring you more and better content. Worcester Wired is governed by a board of directors and although we are committed to being a profitable business, our primary purpose is our mission to report on news and life in the city of Worcester, help residents connect to their city and provide educational opportunities for Worcester area college students.

Q: What are Worcester Wired’s plans for the future?

Currently, Worcester Wired is partnering with students in James Dempsey’s writing classes at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University. The partnership allows students to get real hands-on experience writing and exploring the city. This educational collaboration is — and will remain — part of Worcester Wired’s mission.

But we’re not stopping there. We’re in the process of raising funds to add a full-time professional staff. Once we’re able to do that, those staff members will allow us to cover more of what’s happening in the city and to do so in a more in-depth way. Those seasoned staff members will also work closely with Worcester students.

In addition, we’re committed to providing all of our content free on the web.

Q: How can I help?

There are a number of ways you can get involved:

  • Donate — If you support what we’re doing and would like to see Worcester Wired grow, please consider making a financial contribution. Your donation will go directly toward producing more local content.

  • Sponsorship — If you are a business or corporation, we’d love to talk with you about partnering with Worcester Wired to increase your company’s reach.
  • Suggest stories — Got a story idea, tip or suggestion? Let us know and we’ll look into it.

Q: Who is behind Worcester Wired?

Worcester Wired was founded in 2010 by James Dempsey and Noah Bombard. The Board of Directors consists of:

Noah R. Bombard: Noah is the former editor and chief of Worcester Magazine and prior to that was a managing editor with Community Newspaper Company, managing a string of 22 weekly newspapers in Central and Eastern Massachusetts. From 2008 to 2010 he worked with The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover to help move the newsroom from traditional print media to an online newsroom, training staff to use social media, video and other new media. He was named 2004 serious columnist of the year (weekly class) by the New England Press Association.

James Dempsey: Jim spent 20 years in daily print journalism at the Telegram & Gazette, mostly as metro columnist. He was the writing coach at the newspaper, publishing The Slug, a monthly newsletter, and leading seminars for editors and reporters in which they discussed topics ranging from narrative journalism to ethics. He also received awards from the Associated Press and United Press International. Jim left journalism for academia in 2001 to focus on teaching, research and other kinds of writing. Journalism remains his first love, however, and says he is proud of Worcester Wired, which embraces and uses rather than fights against the necessarily more communitarian approach to news gathering that has been growing even as the older forms become less powerful and less relevant.

CaraLisa Berg Powers: Cara is co-director of Press Pass TV, an organization that works with middle, high school, and college aged youth to create powerful solution oriented videos to build strong communities. In addition to her work at Press Pass TV, Cara is currently a candidate for her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change and the author of By Any Media Necessary. She has presented workshops at several conferences, and guest lectured at Simmons College, Worcester State University, MIT, UMass Boston, and Amherst College, as well as running trainings for non-profit leaders such as Facing History and Ourselves and Oxfam. Cara also serves as the vice chair of the Human Rights Commission in Worcester where she currently resides with her husband.

Worcester Wired Media, Inc. does not exclude, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, disability, or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Worcester Wired Media, Inc. directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Worcester Wired Media, Inc. may arrange to carry out its programs and activities.

(This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84, and 91.) In case of questions, please contact: Worcester Wired Media, Inc., Noah Bombard/Section 504 Coordinator; (978) 886-8768