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Kira Witkin


2013-04-04 12:29

The paper is in a state of flux as The New York Times Company announced last month that it is selling the paper. There are no buyers as of yet.

“We don't know what the future holds. We know there's a lot of interest from the community. There's been interest locally, and from New York,” said McGrory on Thursday.

Before being appointed editor in December, McGrory was a columnist and former metro editor for the Globe.

McGrory said the problem for newspapers lies in the decrease in revenue from classified ads. He said The Globe once made $160-180 million a year on ads, but is now losing to sites like Monster.com and Craigslist. It launched a paywall in 2011 and now has about 28,000 paid digital subscribers.

Globe spokesperson Ellen Clegg told Dan Kennedy of The Neiman Lab, “We have been trying to find the right balance between the free-sharing culture of the Internet and paid access to premium Globe content.”

However, according to McGrory the Globe and the city of Boston are seeing growth. McGrory hopes the paper will mirror Boston’s changes.

 "I aim to make the sure the Globe captures the moment for what it is and helps spread this prosperity to places where it doesn't normally go."

He sites the paper’s investigative or “accountability” reporting as a key point in the paper’s success, some of which include: 


Briana Seftel


2013-03-25 13:50

In an industry where the concept of 'digital first' is gaining ground, The Boston Globe is launching a three-pronged attack on the world of digital publishing.

The newspaper has just set up a pay-wall on one of its two websites displaying different arrays of digital content, and a web app that doesn't let Apple keep a cut of the profits.

When it first went online, rather than creating a web version of the Boston Globe, the paper established Boston.com, which doesn't just simply publish content from the paper but from other sources too, making it more of a 'community portal', as Joshua Benton of Nieman Lab describes it.

In many ways, The Globe was ahead of the game in establishing this kind of community-centred approach so early on. No one can claim that The Globe isn't engaging with their community and their audience. Plus, this site is free, and as Benton notes, it has been successful.

Creating a website which is not merely a digital recreation of the print experience, but something more, thereby offer two divergent reader experiences in both print and online does, to some extent, highlight the advantages of both formats.


Katherine Travers


2011-09-12 13:29

Are we talking science fiction, outer space? Nah, Augmented Reality ("AR") in this context refers to smart phone apps from news sources and their inspired direction toward interactive graphics and illustrations, a kind of layered, enhanced reality made for the user, in this case the news source's demographic.

While journalists might not always be considered "in the know" about what is techy and marketable, The Boston Globe showed last weekend that the use of AR for phone apps can be done "quickly and cheaply, making it an experiment worth trying in the newsroom" according to Poynter.

A perfect test of this was the newspaper's annual Winter Arts Guide, which has schedules and previews of upcoming arts and entertainment events. The idea was to try something more animated this year, where the season comes alive. And so this became the theme of this year's section, and Dan Zedek, The Globe's assistant managing editor for design, asked, "What if we made the page come alive?"


Ashley Stepanek


2011-02-10 13:45

The Boston Globe announced that it would start a new paid Web site in the later half of 2011. The web site, called BostonGlobe.com, will be in addition to the existing, Boston.com, which the company calls a "two-brand" strategy, New York Times reported in a blog.

The new site will include all news and feature stories published in the print edition, while Boston.com will remain free and offer local news and classified advertising, but access to full stories, commentary, features and other content will be limited, The Associated Press reported.

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Stefanie Chernow


2010-10-01 11:18

Roy Greene, senior assistant metro editor at the Boston Globe, explained in an article on Poynter.org how the paper used crowdsourcing to complement its World Cup coverage.

He described the four steps the Globe took, starting with creating a simple, web-based questionnaire, to identify Boston.com readers who were travelling to South Africa. The questionnaire asked for information including full name, hometown, email address, job, plans for the tournament and favourite team, and asked whether respondents would be willing to speak to a reporter. The form was posted on the home page and the soccer page just before the launch of the World Cup, and Greene saved the responses that he thought could be valuable: about a dozen, he specified.

He emailed these people to confirm details and seek photos, and then invited those who "showed potential" to contribute dispatches from South Africa. He explained what the Globe was looking for, "an interesting vignette or encounter during a game or with fans, something compelling about where they were staying or visiting."


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Emma Goodman


2010-07-19 13:54

As print papers collapse and move their operations online, the advantages of online-only publications become increasingly clear. But there are also some things that print newspapers are capable of which are difficult for online operations. This was the subject of a discussion between Pulitzer-prize-winning former Boston Globe journalist Walter Robinson and Clay Shirky, an expert on the interactions between the internet and the media held at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University this week.

Robinson broke the kind of story that Shirky feels is not possible for online news organizations. He led a team of Boston Globe reporters who filed a series in 2001 on the priest abuse scandal that led to corrective action taken by the Catholic Church. Shirky feels that online publications don't have the necessary resources to waste, the time to spend, or the institutional presence to back them up, reports Nieman Journalism Lab.


Alexandra Jaffe


2010-04-23 18:17

As news broadcasters increasingly become news publishers, the latter are aiming to fight back and regain some of their market share by adding daily newscasts to their websites. The New York Times launched their video cast, called TimesCast, on Monday, and as Editor and Publisher reports, Boston Globe's website, Boston.com, introduced GlobeToday on Wednesday.

TimesCast has a behind-the-scenes format, covering the news from the newsroom. The six minute long video begins in the front page planning meeting, where various section editors, from the Washington bureau to foreign news desks, discuss the top news of the day. The rest of the video follows Times journalists through their reporting routines.

Though the Times is offering an innovative look into the newsroom, its attempt at transparency may have fallen short because, just like with C-SPAN, few people are interested in watching newsmakers in the process of making the news.


Alexandra Jaffe


2010-03-25 14:36

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