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Boston Mayor’s Office Gives Reporters Guidelines On How To Cover Methadone Mile

January 12, 2022

Are you a news reporter who wants to cover what’s going on around Methadone Mile?

If so, Boston mayor Michelle Wu’s office wants to tell you how you should and should not cover the issue.

The mayor’s press office sent media outlets, including NewBostonPost, guidelines on how they should go about covering the area, which they refer to as Mass and Cass.

Here is what the email message said:


Following a December survey of all individuals living in tents in the area to identify housing and medical needs, last month Mayor Wu announced an updated timeline for a city-wide plan that included identifying sufficient low threshold housing and shelters by January 12 and taking steps to connect unsheltered individuals with newly-available housing and supportive services. The process of connecting individuals with housing and removing abandoned encampments is underway.
In an effort to respect privacy and to ensure the City’s outreach workers can engage with individuals, media is advised to:
  • Please stay at least 10 feet away from individuals
  • Please do not get direct footage of people’s faces
  • Please allow enough space for outreach workers to engage with individuals in private


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