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September 12, 2023

Worcester chamber launches digital news organization

White on black logo reading The Worcester Guardian Free Nonprofit News Photo | Courtesy of Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched a free nonprofit news source.

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched a nonprofit digital news organization called the Worcester Guardian.

The Guardian is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an independent board of directors, according to a Tuesday press release from the chamber. It will be funded through donations, grants, sponsorships, and underwriting rather than depending on traditional newspaper advertising, according to the Worcester Guardian’s website.

“The Worcester Guardian will deliver free civically oriented journalism on an array of topics important to Worcester and the Central Massachusetts region,” chamber President & CEO Timothy Murray said in the press release.

Former Telegram & Gazette Executive Editor David Nordman is being brought on board as a consultant to the organization. Nordman left the paper in May 2022 for a position at Northeastern University in Boston.

“The decline of local news both here in Central Massachusetts and across the country is unhealthy to our civic well-being," chamber Board Chair Christine Cassidy said in the press release. "Consistent with the chamber’s role over its nearly 150-year history and our mission in seeking to better our region, the chamber will lead the facilitation over the next 18 to 24 months in establishing an independent and sustainable nonprofit news organization.”

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