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The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe.svg
The Boston Globe, April 18, 2011.jpeg
The April 18, 2011 front page
of The Boston Globe
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)John W. Henry
PublisherJohn W. Henry
EditorBrian McGrory
Founded1872[1]
Headquarters135 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125, United States
Circulation245,572 weekdays in March 2013
223,623 Saturdays in 2012
382,452 Sundays in March 2013
26,302 digital-only in March 2013 [2]
ISSN0743-1791
OCLC number66652431
Official websitebostonglobe.com
 
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The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe.svg
The Boston Globe, April 18, 2011.jpeg
The April 18, 2011 front page
of The Boston Globe
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)John W. Henry
PublisherJohn W. Henry
EditorBrian McGrory
Founded1872[1]
Headquarters135 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125, United States
Circulation245,572 weekdays in March 2013
223,623 Saturdays in 2012
382,452 Sundays in March 2013
26,302 digital-only in March 2013 [2]
ISSN0743-1791
OCLC number66652431
Official websitebostonglobe.com

The Boston Globe is an American daily newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1872 by Charles H. Taylor, it was privately held until 1973, when it went public as Affiliated Publications. The company was acquired in 1993 by The New York Times Company; two years later Boston.com was established as the newspaper's online edition. In 2011, a BostonGlobe.com subscription site was launched. In 2013, the newspaper and websites were purchased by John W. Henry, a businessman whose other holdings include the Boston Red Sox.

The Boston Globe has been awarded 22 Pulitzer Prizes since 1966, and its chief print rival is the Boston Herald.[3]

History[edit]

The old Globe headquarters on Washington Street (part of the Boston Advertiser's building can be seen just to the right).

The Boston Globe was founded in 1872 by six Boston businessmen, including Charles H. Taylor and Eben Jordan, who jointly invested $150,000 (worth $2,952,917 today). The first issue was published on March 4, 1872 and cost four cents. Originally a morning daily, it began Sunday publication in 1877. In 1878, The Boston Globe started an afternoon edition called The Boston Evening Globe, which ceased publication in 1979.

The Boston Globe was a private company until 1973 when it went public under the name Affiliated Publications. It continued to be managed by the descendants of Charles H. Taylor.

In 1993, The New York Times Company purchased Affiliated Publications for US$1.1 billion, making The Boston Globe a wholly owned subsidiary of The New York Times' parent.[4][5] The Jordan and Taylor families received substantial New York Times Company stock, but the last Taylor family members left management in 2000–2001.

Boston.com, the online edition of Boston Globe was launched on the World Wide Web in 1995.[6] Consistently ranked among the top ten newspaper websites in America,[7] it has won numerous national awards and took two regional Emmy Awards in 2009 for its video work.[8]

In 1998, columnist Patricia Smith was forced to resign after it was discovered that she had fabricated people and quotations in several of her columns.[9] In August of that year, columnist Mike Barnicle was discovered to have copied material for a column from a George Carlin book, Brain Droppings. He was suspended for this offense, and his past columns were reviewed. In their review, The Boston Globe editors found that Barnicle had fabricated a story about two cancer patients, and Barnicle was forced to resign.[10]

Under the helm of editor Martin Baron, the Globe has shifted away from coverage of international news in favor of Boston-area news.[11] Globe reporters Mike Rezendes, Matt Carroll, Sacha Pfeiffer and Walter Robinson and editor Ben Bradlee Jr. were an instrumental part of uncovering the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in 2001–2003, especially in relation to Massachusetts churches. They were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their work, one of several the paper has received for its investigative journalism.[12]

In 2004, the Globe apologized for printing graphic photographs that the article represented as showing U.S. soldiers raping Iraqi women during the Iraq war. The photos had already been found by other news organizations to be from an internet pornography site.[13][14]

In the spring of 2005, The Boston Globe retracted a story describing the events of a seal hunt near Halifax, Nova Scotia that took place on April 12, 2005. Written by freelancer Barbara Stewart, a former The New York Times staffer, the article described the specific number of boats involved in the hunt and graphically described the killing of seals and the protests that accompanied it. In reality, weather had delayed the hunt, which had not yet begun the day the story had been filed, proving that the details were fabricated.[15][16]

The Boston Globe is credited with allowing Peter Gammons to start his Notes section on baseball, which has become a mainstay in all major newspapers nationwide. In 2004, Gammons was selected as the 56th recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing, given by the BBWAA, and was honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 31, 2005.[citation needed]

In 2007, Charlie Savage, whose reports on President Bush's use of signing statements made national news, won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

The Boston Globe has consistently been ranked in the forefront of American journalism. Time magazine listed it as one of the ten best US daily newspapers in 1974 and 1984, and the Globe tied for sixth in a national survey of top editors who chose "America's Best Newspapers" in the Columbia Journalism Review in 1999.

Boston Globe headquarters in September 2009

The Boston Globe hosts 28 blogs covering a variety of topics including Boston sports, local politics and a blog made up of posts from the paper's opinion writers.[17]

On April 2, 2009, The New York Times Company threatened to close the paper if its unions did not agree to $20,000,000 of cost savings.[18][19] Some of the cost savings include reducing union employees' pay by 5%, ending pension contributions, ending certain employees' tenures.[18][19] The Boston Globe eliminated the equivalent of fifty full-time jobs; among buy-outs and layoffs, it swept out most of the part-time employees in the editorial sections. However, early on the morning of May 5, The New York Times Company announced it had reached a tentative deal with the Boston Newspaper Guild, which represents most of the Globe's editorial staff, that allowed it to get the concessions it demanded. The paper's other three major unions had agreed to concessions on May 3, after The New York Times Company threatened to give the government 60 days notice that it intended to close the paper.[20] Despite the cuts helping to "significantly [improve]" its financial performance by October of that year, the Globe's parent company indicated that it was considering strategic alternatives for the paper, but did not plan to sell it.[21] In September 2011, The Boston Globe launched a dedicated, subscription-based website at bostonglobe.com.[22]

In February 2013, The New York Times Company announced that it would sell the New England Media Group, which encompasses the Globe ; bids were received by six parties, of them included John Gormally (owner of television stations in Western Massachusetts), another group included members of former Globe publishers, the Taylor family, and Boston Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry, who bid for the paper through the New England Sports Network (majority owned by Fenway Sports Group alongside the Boston Bruins). However, after the NESN group dropped out of the running to buy the paper, Henry made his own separate bid to purchase the Globe in July 2013.[23][24] On October 24, 2013, he took ownership of the Globe, at a $70 million purchase price.[25][26] On January 30, 2014, Henry named himself publisher and named Mike Sheehan, a prominent former Boston ad executive, to be CEO.[27]

Editorial page[edit]

At The Boston Globe, as is customary in the news industry, the editorial pages are separate from the news operation. Editorials represent the official view of The Boston Globe as a community institution. Peter S. Canellos, former Washington bureau chief, is the editor of the editorial page. The publisher reserves the right to veto an editorial and usually determines political endorsements for high office.[28]

Describing the political position of The Boston Globe in 2001, former editorial page editor Renée Loth told the Boston University alumni magazine:

The Globe has a long and proud tradition of being a progressive institution, especially on social issues. We are pro-choice; we're against the death penalty; we're for gay rights. But if people read us carefully, they will find that on a whole series of other issues, we are not knee-jerk. We're for charter schools; we're for any number of business-backed tax breaks. We are a lot more nuanced and subtle than that liberal stereotype does justice to.[29]

Magazine[edit]

Appearing in the Sunday paper almost every week is The Boston Globe Magazine. As of 2013, Susanne Althoff is the editor.

On October 23, 2006, The Boston Globe announced the publication of Design New England: The Magazine of Splendid Homes and Gardens. The glossy oversized magazine is published six times per year.[30]

Contributors[edit]

Regular features[edit]

Bostonian of the Year[edit]

Each year in December since 2004, the magazine picks a Bostonian of the Year.[32] Past winners include Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein (2004), retired judge and Big Dig whistleblower Edward Ginsburg (2005), governor Deval Patrick (2006), Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America leader Bruce Marks (2007), NBA champion Paul Pierce (2008), professor Elizabeth Warren (2009), Republican politician Scott Brown (2010), U.S. attorney Carmen Ortiz and ArtsEmerson executive director Robert Orchard[33] (2011), and Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and Kayla Harrison (2012) [34]

Pulitzer Prizes[edit]

  • 2012: Criticism, Wesley Morris [35]
  • 2011: Criticism, Sebastian Smee[36]
  • 2008: Distinguished Criticism, Mark Feeney
  • 2007: National Reporting, Charlie Savage
  • 2005: Explanatory Reporting, Gareth Cook for "explaining, with clarity and humanity, the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research."[37]
  • 2003: Public Service, Boston Globe Spotlight Team for "courageous, comprehensive coverage in its disclosures of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church"[38]
  • 2001: Distinguished Criticism, Gail Caldwell
  • 1997: Distinguished Commentary, Eileen McNamara
  • 1996: Distinguished Criticism, Robert Campbell
  • 1995: Distinguished Beat Reporting, David M Shribman for his "analytical reporting on Washington developments and the national scene."[39]
  • 1985: Feature Photography, Stan Grossfeld for a "series of photographs of the 1984–1985 famine in Ethiopia and for his pictures of illegal aliens on the Mexican border." The Pulitzer was also awarded in equal parts to Larry C. Price of the Philadelphia Inquirer for his series on the war-torn peoples of Angola and El Salvador.[40]
  • 1984: Spot News Photography, Stan Grossfeld for photographing the effects of the Lebanese Civil War.[41]
  • 1984: Local Reporting, The Boston Globe for a series on racism including self-criticism.[41]
  • 1983: National Reporting, The Boston Globe Magazine for its article "War and Peace in the Nuclear Age".[42]
  • 1980: Distinguished Commentary, Ellen Goodman, columnist.[43]
  • 1980: Distinguished Criticism, William Henry III, for television criticism.[44]
  • 1980: Special Local Reporting, The Boston Globe Spotlight Team for describing transit mismanagement.[43]
  • 1977: Editorial Cartooning, Paul Szep[45]
  • 1975: Meritorious Public Service, The Boston Globe, for its "massive and balanced coverage of the Boston school desegregation crisis."[46]
  • 1974: Editorial Cartooning, Paul Szep.[47]
  • 1972: Local Reporting, The Boston Globe Spotlight Team for "their exposure of political favoritism and conflict of interest by office holders in Somerville, Massachusetts."[48]
  • 1966: Meritorious Public Service for its "campaign to prevent the confirmation of Francis X Morrissey as a Federal District judge."[49]

Publishers[edit]

PublisherYears activeNotes
Charles H. Taylor1873–1921Founder of The Boston Globe.
William O. Taylor1921–1955
William Davis Taylor1955–1977
William O. Taylor II1978–1997
Benjamin B. Taylor1997–1999Last of the Taylor family to serve as a publisher for the paper.
Richard H. Gilman1999–2006
P. Steven Ainsley2006–2009
Christopher Mayer2009–2014
John W. Henry2014-Current publisher for The Boston Globe.

Notable contributors[edit]

Present[edit]

Past[edit]

Website[edit]

The Globe maintains two distinct websites; Boston.com is a regional news portal that incorporates selected stories from the Globe along with local news and online-exclusive content such as blogs. In September 2011, the paper launched a new dedicated website at BostonGlobe.com, designed by Filament Group and local design agency Upstatement. The new site was designed to emphasize a premium experience focusing on content and emulating the visual appearance of the Boston Globe newspaper; the site uses a responsive design which automatically adapts its layout to a device's screen size. This allows the same overall website to be usable across various platforms, such as smartphones and tablets. Unlike Boston.com, BostonGlobe.com would be a subscription-based service with a paywall; unlimited access is provided to all print subscribers of the Globe, alongside online-only plans. Both sites operate in tandem, but not all content from the Globe is featured on Boston.com, while some content will be placed on Boston.com on a delayed basis. The two sites are aimed towards different readers; while Boston.com became targeted towards "casual" readers and local content, the new Boston Globe website is targeted towards the audience of the paper itself.[50][51][52]

In 2012, the Society for News Design selected BostonGlobe.com as the world's best-designed news website.[53]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Louis M. Lyons. "How the Globe Began." Boston Globe, March 5, 1972
  2. ^ Globe circulation continues climb
  3. ^ Gavin, Robert (November 8, 2005). "Herald's circulation declines". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 6, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Future of some major newspapers about to change". USA Today. June 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Palmer, Thomas C., Jr. "Globe Sale Points to Newspapers' Strength". The Boston Globe, June 12, 1993, page A1.
  6. ^ "Online Timeline, A capsule history of online news and information systems". David Carlson. 
  7. ^ Seward, Zachary M. (Feb 17, 2009). "Top 15 newspaper sites of 2008". 
  8. ^ Guilfoil, John M. (May 31, 2009). "Globe, Boston.com win first local Emmys". The Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ O'Brien, Sinéad (September 1998). "Secrets And Lies". American Journalism Review. 
  10. ^ O'Brien, Sinéad (September 1998). "For Barnicle, One Controversy Too Many". American Journalism Review. 
  11. ^ Starobin, Paul (December 17, 2012). "Martin Baron's Plan To Save The Washington Post: Invest In Metro Coverage". The New Republic. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ Boston.com Staff (April 16, 2007). "Past Boston Globe Pulitzer Prizes". The Boston Globe. 
  13. ^ Slack, Donovan (May 12, 2004). "Councilor takes up Iraq issue – Turner releases purported images of rape by soldiers". The Boston Globe. 
  14. ^ Chinlund, Christine (May 14, 2004). "A series of errors on lewd images". The Boston Globe. 
  15. ^ Kurtz, Howard (April 16, 2005). "Boston Globe Admits Freelancer's Story Included Fabrications". The Washington Post: C01. 
  16. ^ The Boston Globe (April 15, 2005). "For the record". The Boston Globe. 
  17. ^ Stergios, Jim (July 16, 2010). "Blogs from The Boston Globe and Boston.com". Boston.com. 
  18. ^ a b Adams, Russell; Winstein, Keith J. (April 3, 2009). "For Boston Globe, an Ultimatum". The Wall Street Journal. 
  19. ^ a b Ewen MacAskill (June 9, 2009). "Boston Globe staff vote against accepting pay cut". The Guardian (London). 
  20. ^ Gavin, Robert; O'Brien, Keith (May 6, 2009). "Globe, guild reach deal". The Boston Globe. 
  21. ^ Beth Healy (October 14, 2009). "Times Co. isn't selling Globe, Taylor discusses failed bid". The Boston Globe. 
  22. ^ Dan Rowinski. "How the Boston Globe Pulled Off HTML5 Responsive Design". ReadWriteWeb. 
  23. ^ "At least six groups submit bids to buy The Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Report: Red Sox owner John Henry wants to buy Boston Globe solo after group drops out". The Republican. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  25. ^ "New York Times Company Sells Boston Globe". NY Times. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "John Henry’s purchase of Boston Globe is completed after Worcester judge lifts injunction". Boston.com. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  27. ^ "John Henry assumes role of publisher, names CEO". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  28. ^ "The Boston Globe Opinion Pages Explained". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  29. ^ Buccini, Cynthia K. (2001). "Every Day Is Judgment Day". Bostonia (Boston University). Retrieved July 20, 2006. 
  30. ^ "Boston Globe Media Publishes Premiere Issue of Design New England: The Magazine of Splendid Homes and Gardens" (Press release). The New York Times Company. October 23, 2006. 
  31. ^ "Ideas". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 16, 2009. "The Sunday Globe Ideas section features reporting and commentary on the ideas, people, books, and trends that are shaking up the intellectual world." 
  32. ^ Bostonian of the Year. Past winners, Boston Globe.
  33. ^ Rob Orchard plays starring roles at ArtsEmerson, Boston Globe, January 1, 2012.
  34. ^ Bostonians of the Year: Raisman and Harrison, Boston Globe, December 22, 2012.
  35. ^ "Boston Globe – Pulitzer Prize – Wesley Morris". The Boston Globe. April 20, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Globe art critic Sebastian Smee wins Pulitzer", Culture Desk, April 18, 2011.
  37. ^ "The Boston Globe's Gareth Cook Wins 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism.", Business Wire, April 4, 2005.
  38. ^ "Boston Globe Wins Pulitzer Prize For Public Service", Rome News-Tribune, page 7, April 8, 2003.
  39. ^ Heinz Dietrich Fischer, Erika J. Fischer, Social commentary 1969–1989: from University troubles to a California earthquake: Volume 5 of Social Commentary, 1969–1989: From University Troubles to a California Earthquake, Walter de Gruyter, 1991, ISBN 3-598-30170-7, ISBN 978-3-598-30170-4 page 194.
  40. ^ Heinz Dietrich Fischer, Erika J. Fischer, Press photography awards, 1942–1998: from Joe Rosenthal and Horst Faas to Moneta Sleet and Stan Grossfeld: Volume 14 of The Pulitzer Prize Archive: A History and Anthology of Award-winning Materials in Journalism, Letters, and Arts, Walter de Gruyter, 2000, ISBN 3-598-30170-7, ISBN 978-3-598-30170-4, page lxiv.
  41. ^ a b "Journalists Toasting 1984 Pulitzer Prize.", Kentucky New Era, page 21, April 16, 1984.
  42. ^ "Ny Times, Washington Post Pace Pulitzer Prize Winners.", The Pittsburgh Press, page B-4, April 19, 1983.
  43. ^ a b "Mailer Cops His Second Pulitzer .Boston Globe Gets 3 awards; 'Taley's Folly' top drama", The Spokesman-Review, page 6, April 15, 1980.
  44. ^ "Mailer Cops His Second Pulitzer. Boston Globe Gets 3 awards; 'Taley's Folly' top drama", The Spokesman-Review, page 6, April 15, 1980.
  45. ^ "Mears, Will, Szep Are Pulitzer Prize Winners.", The Free Lance-Star, page 6, April 19, 1977.
  46. ^ "Boston Globe Wins Pulitzer Prize For Public Service .", The Milwaukee Journal, page 5, May 6, 1975.
  47. ^ "Series .Tracing Heroin .Kw Ox Wins Pulitzer Prize", The Leader-Post, page 45, May 8, 1974.
  48. ^ Bob Monroe, "Jack Anderson Wins Pulitzer Prize.," The Tuscaloosa News, page 11, May 2, 1972.
  49. ^ "Vietnam War Reporter Wins Pulitzer Prize." The Calgary Herald, page 26, May 3, 1966.
  50. ^ "BostonGlobe.Com Launches Today; Shifts To Paying Subscribers Only Oct. 1". PaidContent. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  51. ^ "Behind Boston Globe's responsive layout". .net magazine. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  52. ^ "Paywalled BostonGlobe.com launches, while Boston.com remains free". Poynter. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  53. ^ "World's Best Designed website: BostonGlobe.com". Society for News Design. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 

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