The Boston Globe

Globe numbers look promising

Circulation statements filed by the Boston Globe suggest the newspaper is doing fairly well maintaining its print subscriber base and growing its digital following. The statements, included in the Sunday and Monday editions of the print newspaper, indicate January’s delivery debacle and the huge July 2015 digital price increase did not cut into the newspaper’s(...)

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The Codcast: The Globe v. Joyce

CommonWealth’s Jack Sullivan and Bruce Mohl discuss the Boston Globe’s extensive coverage of Sen. Brian Joyce, and particularly the story last month suggesting the Milton lawmaker expanded his house without the necessary permits and was shortchanging the town on property taxes. Is this a media war between the Globe and CommonWealth, as media critic Dan(...)

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A question of mental illness

“Did they have a magic wand that somehow cured mental illness?’’ That poignant but simple question comes from state Sen. Kenneth Donnelly, a former Lexington firefighter, after the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team’s opening chapter in its piercing look at the state’s policy failure in closing mental health hospitals and the decision to replace the system(...)

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Making noise — and a splash — on guns

For a newspaper opinion page, it’s the closest thing there is to shouting something from the rooftops. Today’s Boston Globe — both online and in print — leads with a large-type three-word call: “MAKE IT STOP.” The “it” is the carnage of mass shootings in this country, as the paper calls for a national ban(...)

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Echoes of abuse

Vulnerable children. Sexual predators. Secret payoffs. They were the toxic ingredients of a generational scandal 15 years ago that was blown open by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and one that the paper’s investigative unit thinks is repeating itself in private schools around New England and beyond. In 2001, the Globe’s stories about clergy sex abuse(...)

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Capital concerns at the Globe

For those of us in the news business, the Boston Globe’s shrinking Capital section is an alarming sight. The nation is in the midst of one of the most interesting and important presidential campaigns in decades. We’ve got one US senator who is political catnip, a Republican governor who has the highest popularity ratings in(...)

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McKenna’s marketing deal with the Globe

As the Suffolk University soap opera heads toward some resolution today, one storyline hasn’t received much attention — the decision by President Margaret McKenna to enter into a $670,000 advertising and marketing agreement with the Boston Globe. The advertising deal came up last weekend when Suffolk board chairman Andrew Meyer and three other trustees told(...)

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Globe highlights its own hypocrisy

A little over a year ago, the Boston Globe ran a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of editorials documenting the challenges facing food service workers– wages too low to live on, minimal job security, few organizing rights, and the risk of wage theft. “These are all indecencies that, theoretically, should fall to lawmakers to address. But political(...)

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