For complete details on Dorchester Reporter advertising in print or online, contact Jack Conboy, 617-436-1222 or AdDesk@dotnews.com
The Dorchester Reporter serves Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood, a coastal community home to more than 125,000 people.
Founded in 1983 by Ed and Mary Forry, the award-winning independent newspaper and its website DotNews.com are read by an estimated 25,000 people each week, making it one of the Boston area’s top sources for news, commentary and advertising. Its readers include current and former mayors of Boston, developers and residents from across the city.
Ed and Mary’s son, Bill Forry, serves as executive editor. In 2020, the Reporter received the “Better Journalism” award for editorial writing from the New England Newspaper & Press Association. That same year, Ed Forry received a lifetime achievement award in the field of community journalism.
The Reporter is also a partner with some of the region’s leading news organizations, including WBUR 90.9FM, a NPR member station owned by Boston University, and the State House News Service and Universal Hub.
We continue to make intentional investments in high-quality journalism — and that drives our readership, both in print and online.
Here are some key facts about the Reporter and its service area:
Roughly 1 in 6 Bostonians live in Dorchester, and the population includes immigrants from Ireland, Cape Verde and Vietnam. 35 percent of the population is Black or African-American, 21 percent Hispanic or Latino and 11 percent Asian or Pacific Islander.
Dorchester Avenue, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, is stocked with immigrant-owned companies and multiple business associations.
The median age of neighborhood residents is 33. Roughly 11 percent of Dorchester residents have a master’s degree or more, 18.7 percent have a bachelor’s degree and 22.9 percent have some college or an associate’s degree.
30 percent of Dorchester residents work in educational services, health care and social assistance, while 12.2 percent work in professional, scientific, management and administrative jobs, and 10.2 percent work in arts and entertainment, and food services.
Major entities headquartered in Dorchester include UMass Boston, the city’s only public research university, the Massachusetts State Lottery, Carney Hospital, Boston College High School, and the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.
The list of current and former residents includes U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, “Mystic River” author Dennis Lehane, car dealership CEO Herb Chambers, pop artist Donna Summer, the New Kids on the Block singers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, and CNN’s John King.
What makes the Dorchester Reporter a great asset for the community— and an ideal vehicle to reach your audience? Learn more about our history and accomplishments here.