Skerry removed from four-hour TV3 hearing, Natalia resigns
By Doreen Wade/ medford@cnc.com
Thu Oct 30, 2008, 01:01 PM EDT

With a reduced amount of emphasis being put on the community and more on self-serving business, Medford Community Cablevision Inc. in its operation of public access station Channel 3 found itself and its board members the center of a controversial hearing last night at City Hall.

Judge Marie O. Jackson-Thompson (ret.) held the Oct. 29 hearing for the purpose of receiving testimony and information regarding the utilization, access, representation and training policies and practices.

Elected officials, residents, past board members, city councilors, members of the organization, other community stations and the community were in attendance for the four-hour meeting, which was highly anticipated since City Solicitor Mark Rumley earlier this year made the evaluation recommendation to the mayor.

Missing in action from last night’s meeting were a majority of TV3’s Board of Directors as well as station manager Dawn Natalia, whose resignation was read into the record by the station’s attorney David Skerry.

A visibly angry Skerry reportedly heckled several of the audience members until the judge had him removed by police from City Hall.

On the list of complaints last night were the same litany that many in the community have been arguing for years: failure to do outreach and bring in members, failure to promote diversity, mismanagement, censorship and Democratic breakdown.

Even though board members have defended themselves against the claims, a majority of speakers last night asked the judge to either dissolve the board and bring in new leadership which can return quality programming to Medford using modern technology or to dissolve the license and the corporation and begin again as a new entity.

After four hours, Jackson-Thompson said she will wait 10 more days for written comments as well as a transcript of the hearing provided by the court stenographer present before making her recommendation to the mayor.

For more on this developing story, check back throughout the week.


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New England Regains Its Black Owned Newsmagazine - The New England Informer NEWSMagazine RETURNS
New England Informer Newsmagazine Publisher/CEO, Doreen Wade, comes back strong, to Black Media, at a time when many companies are and have deserted this industry. Skeptics ask, "Do we need another black owned newspaper in New England"?

Cambridge, MA - February, 2007 - At a time when black owned newspaper and magazine companies are closing and radio stations are selling out, one woman returns to the scene, striving to make the difference, in the black communications industry. This powerhouse returns, with the highly requested newsmagazine, "New England Informer ".

"I have had to overcome many obstacles putting together the New England Informer when companies, sponsors and the general public, in the Boston area and parts of the East Coast, doubted a minority female, in this area, had the power, skill and influence to make a publication successful, in this tight financial climate. But my experience from the "Boston Peoples Voice" to "The Jewish Advocate", has proved that I, and New England Informer, have survival power. New England Informer is not only needed but, it is necessary; there is nothing, in the New England area, of this kind. We give you information that educates, informs and uplifts. We don't sit around and tell you that your business has a problem; we teach you how to build and market your business and make it economically viable. What paper today does that for our community? Maybe that is why the skeptics want to see me go away."
New England Informer , will soon be announcing its partnership with corporate giants, The American Heart Association, The American Stroke Association, Soul-patrol.com and many more. Its contributing writers stretch nationwide: James Stewart of SportsRadio WEEI-AM, which broadcasts throughout New England and streams worldwide, will give sports commentaries and Mi-ling of Mi-Ling.com, in the Nebraska area, will answer all your interior design questions. In NEI's fashion section, gentlemen will receive tips on their appearance from our consultant, Mr. Burt Zimmerman, of Men's Wearhouse, who will answer your difficult attire problems, with his 30+ years of experience in Men's Clothing. Ladies, don't worry, we have a consultant for your fashion needs, too. Morella, who is now located in Massachusetts, has been designing for years from Barbados to Utah. We have it all.

New England Informer (N.E.I.) is your highly requested, alternative, a black media bright spot, which disseminates information to help empower you and your community. Headquartered in Massachusetts and can be found online at www.neinformer.net. For more information, contact Doreen Wade/Publisher and CEO, at 781.646.5129 or email neinformer@verizon.net.


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NEW ENGLAND INFORMER/N.E. INFORMER ONLINE NEWSMAGAZINE ANNOUNCES ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH BLACK PR WIRE


 N.E. Informer Online/New England Informer Web newsmagazine (N.E.I) under the direction of its owner, Ms. Doreen Wade is no longer being characterized as “Massachusetts hidden jewel”.  It has become one of the largest disseminators of minority news both nationally and globally to impact the black community and the advertising world.

(February 19, 2011). Ms. Doreen Wade, who many have called “phenomenal”, takes N.E.Informer in an upward direction.  Throughout the down turn of the economy she finds herself expanding her services through a partnership with one of the countries leading media expert. This move positions N.E. Informer Online web newsmagazine to become one of the top 10 news (media) outlets providing information online to minorities worldwide.    This partnership will offer readers more concise, up-to-date information on business, lifestyles, health, culture and more, especially her missing children and adult quest.  While maintaining its original goal to keep its readers informed, stimulating their minds and offering information to empower the minority, youth and community.

N.E. Informer Online/New England Informer Web newsmagazine will continue to offer advertisers a maximum way to reach their target market by using comprehensive methods to promote their businesses, with premium web banner placement and video broadcasting, using their Website, to gain maximum exposure to a multifarious audience.

“We are enormously excited to partner with Black PR Wire,” said Doreen Wade, N.E. Informer Online/New England Informer web newsmagazine publisher and CEO. “This new relationship will support our targeted audience so we can achieve even greater success in communicating important news and issues to the growing and influential African American and minority community.” 

For more information on N.E. Informer web newsmagazine experience it at www.neinformer.net or follow us on facebook.  For advertising and marketing needs contact neinformer@verizon.net.

About Black PR Wire
Launched in 2000, Black PR Wire delivers its clients’ press releases, video and audio news releases, electronic video messages and electronic newsletters to key reporters, writers, and influential grassroots, social and civic community leaders throughout the country. Black PR Wire also provides specialized services including direct media contact and placement pitching, as well as audio, video and e-newsletter development and distribution.


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NEW ENGLAND INFORMER/N.E. INFORMER WEB NEWSMAGAZINE ANNOUNCES ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH MINUTE NAVIGATOR, LLC (MN) TO BRING “GREEN” AWARENESS TO THE MINORITY COMMUNITY.

BOSTON, MA -- (March 1, 2011) –Despite the down turn of the economy Ms. Doreen Wade finds herself taking her web newsmagazine in an upward direction and now is expanding her services through a partnership with Minute Navigator and Brella Productions. This collaboration, which begins in March, is a part of the “Today’s Green Minute” series presenting brief stories of innovation in the green world. The tone is fresh and entertaining, while conveying a practical lesson punctuated with compelling visual effects.  Each episode of “Today’s Green Minute” is based on Jim Parks’ syndicated newspaper column.   Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces."

This partnership, in conjunction with her recent partnership with Black PRwire (positioning N. E. Informer’s web newsmagazine to become one of the top 10 news (media) outlets) will offer readers more concise, up-to-date information in living “Green”.  As well as, each episode of “Today’s Green Minute” will maintain N.E. Informer’s goal to keep its readers informed, stimulating their minds and educating minorities worldwide.

“I am tremendously excited about this partnership because given the struggles of African Americans it’s no surprise that the environmentalist movement has almost disregarded this Community,” said Doreen Wade, N.E. Informer Online/New England Informer web newsmagazine publisher and CEO. “However, this partnership will open an opportunity to bring this movement to mainstream African America and our targeted audience so we can achieve even greater success in the education of living “Green”. 

Jim Parks adds, "Our mission is to tell stories of innovation in the green world, so we're delighted to provide those stories for the audiences of the New England Informer/N.E. Informer web newsmagazine.  We're doing our level-best to make the series informative and very entertaining."

New England Informer/N.E. Informer web newsmagazine disseminates thought-provoking, high-quality news and information.   It offers advertisers a maximum way to reach their target market by using comprehensive methods to promote their businesses using the website to gain maximum exposure to a multifarious audience.  For more information on N.E. Informer web newsmagazine, experience it at www.neinformer.net or follow on Facebook.  

About Minute Navigator & Brella Productions 

Today's Green Minute is sponsored by Minute Navigator (specializing in low-cost video for websites) and produced by Brella Productions (a full service corporate communications company specializing in custom video, multimedia and web production services). See what we're up to at www.MinuteNavigator.com & www.Brella.com (With solar panels on the roof, we are a "Run By The Sun" production facility... more information on our Green initiatives check out http://www.brella.com/experience_green.htm).


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FROM BOSTON TO BEIJING: Local newsmagazine goes global
By Nell Escobar Coakley/ncoakley@cnc.com
Thu Oct 30, 2008, 09:00 AM EDT

Doreen Wade will do anything to get a story. Just ask her about the time she climbed on a wall to get a photo of former President and First Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“I had tears streaming down my face,” she recalls with a laugh. “He kept saying, ‘Calm down, it’s all right. Take your time.’”
But did she get the shot?

“Wouldn’t you know it? My camera didn’t work!” Wade shakes her head. “Thankfully, this man in the audience threw me his camera and I ended up getting a shot of Bill, a shot of Hillary and a shot of them together.”

It’s that kind of tenacity and love for what she does that has turned an accountant from Cambridge into a publisher now serving a worldwide audience. And she did it the hard way.

A Cambridge native who lived in the city until three years ago, when she moved to West Medford, Wade never thought she’d ever be a writer when she was a kid. Although she took creative writing classes in college, they were electives and were not part of her business degree curriculum.

She even graduated with a degree in accounting from Burdette College.

But the writing bug wouldn’t stop biting and eventually, Wade decided journalism was a career path she wanted to follow.

“I ended up a reporter for a small black newspaper until I got an abundance of work experience,” she recalls, on a sunny afternoon in late October. “That was the early ‘80s. Eventually, I took my reporter experience and my accounting experience and I went to work for the Beacon Press as an operations manager.”

Wade admits she found the work exciting, with so many authors moving in and out of the publishing house. And she would have been content to stay, but business slowed down following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and layoffs were on the horizon.

“I got another job as a controller for the Jewish Advocate,” she recalls. “Somehow, I went from being the controller to eventually being the assistant editor. I made a lot of decisions about what went into a Jewish newspaper.”

Wade says she felt very welcome at the Jewish Advocate, never feeling discriminated against because of her race. Ironically, it was her religion that created tension.

“At the time, I was a Roman Catholic woman making high-end decisions,” she says. “But I can honestly say I am here today because of my experience there. I learned every aspect of the business, from the news to advertising. I had a hand in everything.”
And, Wade admits, she wasn’t daunted by any of it.

“I take a challenge as an exciting adventure,” Wade says. “I welcome a challenge. I don’t run from it. I believe it motivates me. The bigger the challenge, the more it motivates me.”

An idea is born

And then Wade woke up one morning with the idea that if she could serve the Jewish community in her capacity at the newspaper, why not do the same for the African American community?

“I asked myself where I could get black news and who was talking about our community?” she recalls. “I started looking for magazines and newspapers who were serving the African American community and I found that there weren’t a lot out there. You have to remember this was the mid-‘90s.”
Wade started getting a feel for what she wanted to create.

“I found that what was developing in my head didn’t exist,” she recalls. “I didn’t want to be a newspaper or a magazine so it had to be a combination of both, that’s why I call the New England Informer a newsmagazine.”

With the same determination that got her through school, Wade quit her position at the Jewish Advocate and took a 9-to-5 accounting job which would allow her the time she needed to begin work on cultivating her newsmagazine

“My goal was supposed to be the typical American dream: an education, a good job that you could retire in, a house in the suburbs, a husband and 1.5 kids,” she says. “But I realized that with all my experience, I had moved beyond that and really grown. It made me change my goals. I wanted to go into the publishing field, I mean really wanted it.”

With the publishing field more stable at the time, Wade started looking for African American writers and experts to fill her pages — and was rebuffed.

“I contacted them and got a null to zero response,” she says. “I was mortified. Actually, find a word beyond shocked and I was it. Here I wanted to bring news to the African American community and yet, I didn’t get the support from the African American community.”
Wade was upset.

“Actually, I was angry,” she says. “We were moving into the 2000-era and I thought the black community would reach out and support us, but when I got out there, I found people who said they were too busy or had the attitude of ‘I got mine, now you go get yours.’”

So, Wade turned to her childhood friends from her days at St. Peter’s School in Cambridge.

“I had friends with connections in certain professions who knew how to open doors,” she says. “But these were white writers, doctors, politicians, artists. I had a lot of people, but they were of the Caucasian race. I didn’t care.”

The paper hits the stands
With writers — all of whom are volunteers — on board, the New England Informer was born.
Although with no funding.

“The Small Business Administration wouldn’t give me a loan because I was a great big business risk,” Wade says with a sigh. “Everything I did, I did out of pocket. Still do.”

It didn’t stop Wade. She put out her first monthly newspaper, distributing throughout Massachusetts and into Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Her first 50,000 copies sold out.

“I didn’t print 50,000 all at once,” she laughs. “I did them as needed. I had a good printer and he let me pay as I went along.”

The feedback, she says, was tremendous, giving her hope that indeed, this was a product the African American community needed and wanted. And Wade continued to work hard to make sure the news got to its readers.

“I dropped them off at salons, restaurants, senior centers, municipal buildings, anywhere I thought people would read them,” she says. “I would even get on the trains and drop them. I didn’t end up getting a lot of subscriptions, but I did get good feedback online.”

Then a blessing. The Democratic National Convention was in Boston.

“I was in touch with Rep. Gloria Fox and I was able to get my newspaper distributed at the DNC,” she says. “That’s how I got outside of Massachusetts. A lot of people from different states picked it up because it was in their gift bags. That’s when I decided I wanted to develop an online version. But in 2009, the print version will be back.”

With the Internet exploding, Wade took the information from her print version and expanded it online, going from five writers to 40 who specialize in all sorts of different areas, from health to careers and beyond.

As the online version has changed, Wade has found a bevy of devoted readers, not only from throughout the United States but stretching into Germany, China, Russia, Italy and the Netherlands.

“I didn’t think there were really a lot of African Americans on the Web,” she says. “But they were all getting online.”

Wade went on to develop her Web site, going online several years ago and constantly updating the site. She even offers unique features such as a Missing Persons section, which features missing children and links back to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an organization she now collaborates with.

Future goals

Although she’s been successful beyond her imagination, Wade admits she’s still having a difficult time being taken seriously as a media source. She says she often finds herself standing outside watching the mainstream media time and time again getting stories that would also serve her readers.

And she finds that being an African American woman, publishing her own online newsmagazine and soon to be print magazine, really doesn’t interest the mainstream media either.

“A black newscaster who is no longer in this state once told me that a TV station would rather do a story on a dog with a hurt leg than an African American working to empower her own community,” she says. “I set out to prove him wrong, but I can’t. He has proven to me, without a shadow of a doubt, that not many people care about what I am actually doing for the African American community and that’s sad.”

But Wade doesn’t care. Right now, she’s a bit busy — both getting her book out and becoming acclimated to her new home.
Book first.

“I wrote a book about my journey in getting the New England Informer started,” she says. “It’s on its way to the editors and then it will be published. It’s called ‘Trepidations: A Black Woman’s Journey Through Black America.’”
Medford next.

“I’m not saying this just because I’m talking to a Medford newspaper, but I really love living in West Medford,” she says. “I thought it was a bit of a closed community, but when you meet someone, you are very welcomed. I really love it here.”
And the future? What’s next for Doreen Wade?

“A cable show and a radio show,” she says, a gleam in her eye. “After January, I will be working on getting the radio show. I’m waiting to get approval now.”

As for the New England Informer, Wade’s got some plans.

“No comment,” she laughs. “Actually, I have ideas. I want to take the print version in a very different direction. I can’t leave the old format as it was. I have to bring in new technology. It’s going to be very exciting and challenging.”