Peers reflect on life of former Globe editor Jack Driscoll

When John “Jack” Driscoll died Tuesday, he was remembered for his 39-year journalism career at the Boston Globe and leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab.

On the Seacoast, Driscoll is remembered as a Rye resident who brought citizen journalism to the community through “Rye Reflections,” a news publication made by and for local residents.

In an MIT biography, Driscoll, 84, wrote that he had worked as a news reporter, sportswriter, copy editor and supervisory editor for over 43 years at weekly and daily newspapers, as well as the United Press. When he retired from the Globe in 1994, he had been editor for six years and was involved in five Pulitzer Prize-winning efforts. As editor-in-residence for the MIT Media Lab, from 1995 to 2008, Driscoll focused on “electronic publishing and community reporting,” first bringing community-based journalism to his hometown of Melrose, Massachusetts, then his home in Rye.

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