Creating Journalists at Emmanuel College

A guide for ENGL 2501 and ENGL 3801

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GraftonclosedJennifer Lord Paluzzi has written the obituary for her career twice — once in fall 2008 when she was laid off from her longtime home, the MetroWest Daily News of Framingham, Mass. and again in March 2013 when the hyperlocal news sites she willed into existence were shuttered.

Her career is apparently hard to kill.

A digital editor at The Sun of Lowell, Paluzzi teaches Introduction to Journalism and Writing for Electronic Media at Emmanuel College in Boston. Spring 2014 marks her first time at the head of the class.

Her convoluted career spans more than two decades. A 1989 graduate of the Boston University School of Journalism, Paluzzi had the classic first job: writing obituaries at the Boston Herald, where she stumbled into a “contributed” byline on the first Carol Stuart murder story, she believes, by being the person responsible for misspelling the family name as “Stewart.”

She spent several years at The Gardner News, covering politics and education, before moving to the Enterprise-Sun of Marlborough, where she covered City Hall until the paper was absorbed by Community Newspaper Company and merged with the Middlesex News, now the MetroWest Daily News. At MetroWest, she was an assistant Sunday editor and health reporter, winning a bunch of journalism awards that are languishing in a box somewhere.

Prior to her layoff from MetroWest, Paluzzi started Greater Grafton, which covered events in Grafton, Mass. With no media outlets hiring, she developed the blog into a news outlet.

In March 2009, she teamed up with a local advertising genius to launch GraftonTimes.com, the first site in what eventually became the 11-town CentralMassNews.com hyperlocal network.  The sites were sold to Main Street Connect, a New York-based hyperlocal news network, in 2011 and Paluzzi stayed on as managing editor. Main Street Connect became The Daily Voice in 2012 and, in March 2013, it killed off its entire Massachusetts news operation.

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