Following your reporter & subject area: a tip
One way to keep a close eye on your reporter and the subject matter you are following for class is to create a Google News Alert. Create one for the reporter’s name; create one or more for the subject matter, e.g. Boston architecture, Massachusetts Statehouse, Boston education, etc.
You might need to adjust the alerts so you don’t get inundated with alerts, but I find them an effective way to stay on top of issues and, in this case, people.