The Bedford Citizen’s Board of Directors Looks Back to Emily Mitchell’s Contributions

By Mitch Evans

Editor’s Note: Emily Mitchell retired from The Bedford Citizen’s board of directors in early December 2018 when she announced her intention to run as a candidate for Selectman in the March 9 Town Election. Mitchell was sworn in and attended her first meeting on Monday, March 11.

With much appreciation and a slightly heavy heart, the board of directors of The Bedford Citizen (TBC) bids adieu to Emily Mitchell, one of its founding members. Her dedication, creativity, and hard work will be missed. I asked Emily a few questions in order to write this article and hope you enjoy her answers below.

The Bedford Citizen’s Reasons for Being

A Message from The Bedford Citizen

There is a French term, raison d’être, that translates to “our reason for being.”

It’s a good question to occasionally ask oneself, whether you’re a person or an online local news source. As a person, it can lead to an existential crisis, but for a local online news source, pondering one’s mission is a good thing.

If 2018 Serves as a Guide, What Might the Stories of 2019 Look Like?

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Citizen welcomed a new Town Manager in 2018 and covered board and committee meetings along with Town Meetings, news about Bedford’s schools and organizations’ and residents. But the year’s top story (and multiple others) focused on Bedford visits by one or more bears.

There was also interest in flight activity at Hanscom and the auction of the Navy hangar (with a top bid of $9,020,000 the auction is on hold until the Federal government shutdown ends). Stories about Bedford businesses ranged from the success of the town’s oldest business, Bedford Farms, to the abrupt closure of Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo’s. And there were multiple Letters to the Editor in the top 25.

The Bedford Citizen Needs You!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

At Bedford Day, we asked readers and donors what makes The Bedford Citizen special. Conversation after conversation emphasized how deeply engaged and appreciative your friends and neighbors are for the news we provide. The video we made highlights the love and appreciation they feel.

Early Holiday Shopping Is a Gift to The Bedford Citizen

By Ginni Spencer

Thank you to our many readers who augment their financial support to The Citizen by designating us as their preferred charity through the AmazonSmile program. Amazon recently announced that to thank their customers for supporting charities through AmazonSmile they will donate 5% of the purchase price of eligible items to the charity customers choose when they shop on smile.amazon.com.

Help Wanted: The Bedford Citizen Seeks a Part-Time Reporter

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Citizen seeks a part-time reporter to cover Selectmen, School Committee, Planning Board, and Finance Committee meetings in Bedford.

Compensation is available–$70 per meeting that results in a story, along with editorial support, training on the workings of local government if needed, and an unparalleled opportunity to develop your portfolio of published articles. You must be able to write clearly with rapid turnaround.

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