Kaufman’s OPEN HOUSE 
“Journalism and Politics: The Last Quarter Century on Beacon Hill”
September 20, 2018
Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” enters its final season with a conversation with the Boston Globe’s State House bureau chief, Frank Phillips, in “Journalism and Politics: The Last Quarter Century on Beacon Hill.” Both Kaufman and Phillips are leaving the State House and will reflect on changes over the past quarter century, as well as the inherently conflictual and complementary roles of journalists and politicians. The forum, the first of the 24th season, will be held Thursday, September 20th, from 7:00PM-8:00PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Frank Phillips has covered state politics for the Globe since 1987 and was promoted to Bureau Chief four years later, in 1991. He has worked to keep Beacon Hill honest and politicians on their toes long since beginning his career with the Lowell Sun, where he covered the Mill City’s politics as an investigative journalist. Frank has also reported for the Boston Herald and the Boston Herald American. Frank and his late wife, Jenny, gained international notoriety for helping publicize thousands of documents penned by the famed novelist Ernest Hemingway, which were housed in Cuba prior to the thawing of relations between the two countries.

The media has evolved and continues to evolve to meet the challenges of today’s world. What was it like reporting on breaking news before twitter? How has the rise of 24 hour cable news cycle changed print media? What is it like covering Commonwealth politics in a time where so many readers are consumed by national drama?  How has politics on Beacon Hill changed?  What are the joys and pitfalls of the politician-journalist pairing?

Don’t miss this very special event on September 20th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance by email, jay.kaufman@mahouse.gov, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman.

The “OPEN HOUSE” farewell tour continues on October 25 when we will examine the three ballot questions that will be put to voters on Election Day, November 6.  Then, stay tuned for details of three November forums on public sector leadership, November 1, 15 and 29.  The farewell tour concludes with the final forum on December 13.

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.