Williamstown BeatAround the United States, entrepreneurs are testing methods for delivering news that matters to small communities — without the legacy costs of newsprint, presses and delivery. In the small New England college town of Williamstown (pop. 7,500) a non-profit organization begun in the 1980s has revived and turned to testing the waters for a new approach. RJI consulting fellow Bill Densmore is among those helping.

In Williamstown, Mass., where we live, we've started an initiative to create a community information resource that performs functions the local town weekly used to do. WilliamstownBeat.org serves as a virtual bulletin board for news and announcements. It's owned by a non profit. It's built on Drupal. We're soft launching it to see whether it has the potential to be replicated in small communities around the nation. This piece honors the man who inspired the idea. READ MORE.

Bill Densmore  
Residential fellow


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