I’ve got a feature on the New England Ethnic Newswire in the new issue of CommonWealth Magazine. The NEWz, a Web site that aggregates the best of the local ethnic press, is expanding into original journalism focused on health care.

“The thing that I think is really intriguing about it is this idea of connecting different communities,” says former Boston Globe editorialist Robert Turner, an adviser to the NEWz. “You see over and over again various communities building their own strength as their numbers increase. But how much of an effort around town is there to make cross-connections among them?”

The NEWz is a work in progress, as is the case with most new-media ventures. But it’s got the potential to grow into something truly important. Ethnic communities are already speaking for themselves. Now there’s a way for all of us to hear them.