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The Boston Globe (and the Boston Sunday Globe) is an American daily newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe has been owned by The New York Times Company since 1993. Its chief print rival is the Boston Herald.
The Boston Globe has won 21 Pulitzer Prizes.
The New York Times Company, who owns the Globe, announced on February 20, 2013, it is selling the paper and its related assets.
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, led by Eben Jordan, who jointly invested $150,000. 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. 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. Consistently ranked among the top ten newspaper websites in America, it has won numerous national awards and took two regional Emmy Awards in 2009 for its video work. On August 6, 2009, several media outlets in Boston reported that Boston.com might start charging for its services.
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. 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.
Under the helm of editor Martin Baron, the Globe has shifted away from coverage of international news in favor of Boston-area events. Globe reporters Mike Rezendes, Matt Carroll, Sacha Pfeiffer and Walter Robinson 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.
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 to be from an internet pornography site.
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.
The Boston Globe is also 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.
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.
On April 2, 2009, The New York Times Company, which owns The Boston Globe, said it would close The Boston Globe if its unions do not agree to $20,000,000 of cost savings. Some of the cost savings include reducing union employees' pay by 5%, ending pension contributions, ending certain employees' tenures. 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 Boston 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.
On October 14, 2009, The New York Times Company announced it was terminating the sale of The Boston Globe saying the paper "has significantly improved its financial footing ..."
In September 2011, The Boston Globe launched a separate pay-walled website that used responsive design to work across mobile, e-readers and desktop web browsers. The design was created by Filament Group, Upstatement and Ethan Marcotte. In 2012, the Society for News Design selected BostonGlobe.com as the world's best-designed news website.
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, Chris Mayer, reserves the right to veto an editorial and usually determines political endorsements for high office.
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.
Appearing in the Sunday paper almost every week is The Boston Globe Magazine. Susanne Althoff is the current editor.
As of August 6, 2006
, the magazine has seen a new look. This new look consists of the cutting out of the Inspirations section and moving it into the Boston UnCommon section. It also adds departments such as Q/A and Pierced.
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 will be published six times per year.
- Robin Abrahams writes Miss Conduct (see below)
- Susanne Althoff, Editor
- Neil Swidey is a staff writer
- Tina Sutton writes The Clothes We Wear
- Editor's Notes: Notes written that are relative to one of the features in that week's magazine.
- Letters: Reader's correspondence
- Q/A: A mini interview with a local person
- The Big Deal: A profiling of a transaction that recently took place
- The Big Picture: Photojournalism
- Pierced: A column by Charlie Pierce
- Tails From the City: Heartwarming stories from Boston and elsewhere
- The Clothes We Wear: Style column
- Miss Conduct: An advice column focusing mainly on good manners and properness.
- The Globe Puzzle: A crossword puzzle
- Coupling: Essay about social chemistry. Usually pertaining to someone's love-life.
- Sunday Ideas section features reporting and commentary on the ideas, people, books, and trends that are shaking up the intellectual world.
Bostonian of the Year
Each year in December since 2004, the magazine picks a Bostonian of the Year. 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 (2011), and Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and Kayla Harrison (2012) 
- 2012: Criticism, Wesley Morris 
- 2011: Criticism, Sebastian Smee
- 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."
- 2003: Public Service, Boston Globe Spotlight Team for "courageous, comprehensive coverage in its disclosures of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church"
- 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."
- 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.
- 1984: Spot News Photography, Stan Grossfeld for photographing the effects of the Lebanese Civil War.
- 1984: Local Reporting, The Boston Globe for a series on racism including self-criticism.
- 1983: National Reporting, The Boston Globe Magazine for its article "War and Peace in the Nuclear Age".
- 1980: Distinguished Commentary, Ellen Goodman, columnist.
- 1980: Distinguished Criticism, William Henry III, for television criticism.
- 1980: Special Local Reporting, The Boston Globe Spotlight Team for describing transit mismanagement.
- 1977: Editorial Cartooning, Paul Szep
- 1975: Meritorious Public Service, The Boston Globe, for its "massive and balanced coverage of the Boston school desegregation crisis."
- 1974: Editorial Cartooning, Paul Szep.
- 1972: Local Reporting, The Boston Globe Spotlight Team for "their exposure of political favoritism and conflict of interest by office holders in Somerville, Massachusetts."
- 1966: Meritorious Public Service for its "campaign to prevent the confirmation of Francis X Morrissey as a Federal District judge."
|Charles H. Taylor||1873–1921||Founder of The Boston Globe.|
|William O. Taylor||1921–1955|
|William Davis Taylor||1955–1977|
|William O. Taylor II||1978–1997|
|Benjamin B. Taylor||1997–1999||Last of the Taylor family to serve as a publisher for the paper.|
|Richard H. Gilman||1999–2006|
|P. Steven Ainsley||2006–2009|
|Christopher Mayer||2009–||Current publisher for The Boston Globe.|
The Globe on February 24, 2008
The Boston Globe prices are: $1.25 daily, $3.50 Sunday/Thanksgiving Day.
The Boston Globe charges a fee for visits to its website by visitors who are not subscribers.
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