Natalia MunozJackie Hai is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with degrees in journalism and philosophy. She lives near Boston and runs a company that does web development for community media.

Natalia MunozNatalia Munoz was a staff reporter for the daily newspaper in Springfield, Mass., before returning to her native Puerto Rico, where she was a reporter for eight years for English- and Spanish-language newspapers. That was followed by three years as a stringer for the Associated Press in Barcelona, Spain, before she returned  to Massachusetts in 2004 to re-join the staff of the Springfield Republican daily newspaper. She lives in Northampton. www.NataliaMunoz.com

Ilene Roizman is a self-employed writer and editor in Amherst. From the late 1980s until 2004, she worked as a writer in New York. She was a staff editor and writer at the East Hampton Star, a locally owned, award-winning weekly newspaper that has been published continuously since 1885. Among other publications, she contributed to the award-winning Southampton Press weekly newspaper. IleneRoizman@comcast.net

Chris RussellChris Russell lives in Amherst. His newswriting has appeared in the Hampshire Gazette, the daily newspaper in Northampton. cRussell1973@gmail.com

Clara Rose ThorntonClara Rose Thornton writes a weekly column for the Rutland Herald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper. She lives in Bellows Falls, Vt. Thornton’s writing on the arts and social issues has appeared in national magazines and newspapers. www.linkedin.com/in/clararosethornton

Eesha WilliamsEesha Williams won the Vermont Press Association's Mavis Doyle Award for best investigative journalism published in any of the state's daily and weekly newspapers. Williams covered the Pioneer Valley as a staff reporter for Northeast Public Radio. To read reviews of Williams's book, "Grassroots Journalism" please click here. Reviews of Williams's book "Good News: Local Journalism That Made a Difference" are here. Info on his wife's farm is here.


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