COUNTDOWN TO ‘MANCHESTER DIVIDED’

They cover the horse race. We cover the stalls.

Next week, for the first time in eight years, the First-In-The-Nation Primary polls in New Hampshire will feature showdowns on both sides of the aisle.

With the Oval Office free of an incumbent, and with America’s political discourse in the gutter as the multimedia machine creates and decimates new front-runners at breakneck speed, the animated likes of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have foreshadowed that what is about to unfold in the Granite State will look unlike any prior madness Manch has witnessed since hosting its first primary dance 100 years ago, in 1916. We may be the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, but we wouldn’t miss this party for the world.

On Tuesday, February 2, in the hours after the Iowa Caucus wraps, BINJ will bring our unconventional cabal of media makers to Manchester, where we will use the lively Shaskeen Pub as home base. From there, through the primary one week later, we’ll dispatch reporters to the dogfight, focusing on happenings the mainstream press tends to ignore, from demonstrations and direct actions to other assorted side shows. We’re calling our coverage #ManchesterDivided, and you can find posts here on Medium or on several syndicating news sites in our network. (Editors and publishers interested in running our content at no cost should contact us at fara1@binjonline.org).

If you’re a reporter in Manchester next week who’s looking for resources and hospitality, please pay us a visit at the Shaskeen. We’ll have courtesy Wi-Fi, hand-warmers, and even free beers on some days. No matter who you are, reporter or civilian, if you’re anywhere in New Hampshire on Friday, February 5, we hope you join us for our blowout show, Manchester Divided: United Through Hip-Hop. We’ll have performances from Granite State and Akrobatik, plus special guest appearances from a giant Donald effigy and the Boston MC behind the hilarious YouTube banger “We Don’t Need Trump As Our President.” You’ll have to see it in person to really believe it. Like candidate Trump.

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