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Free news isn’t free

Free news isn’t free

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WHEN I CAME to work at CommonWealth in late 2008, we had four reporters putting out a print magazine four times a year. Today, nine years later, the print magazine still goes out four times a year. But we also post stories and commentary on a daily basis on the CommonWealth website. We send out(...)

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How John Henry ended up buying the Globe for nothing

How John Henry ended up buying the Globe for nothing

By selling some assets, billionaire got what he wanted at no cost

IT TOOK A LITTLE LONGER than he planned, but John Henry managed to purchase the Boston Globe and a new printing facility in Taunton for nothing. Henry, a billionaire who also owns the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool Football Club, started the ball rolling in October 2013, paying The New York Times Co. $70(...)

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The name game

The Boston Globe finally published the name of the political reporter who was forced to resign after inappropriate advances to a colleague and two women outside the company. But that’s not the point. The front page “Note to Readers” by editor Brian McGrory confirmed that State House reporter Jim O’Sullivan was the employee who solicited a(...)

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O’Sullivan apologizes, McGrory says mistake not to name him

O’Sullivan apologizes, McGrory says mistake not to name him

Former Globe reporter says 'no excuse' for his behavior

On Thursday evening, CommonWealth received the statement below from former Boston Globe reporter Jim O’Sullivan shortly after the Globe posted online a note to readers from editor Brian McGrory in which he said it was a mistake for the paper not to have named O’Sullivan in its December 8 story on sexual harassment issues at(...)

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Sources: Beacon Hill encounters cost Globe reporter his job

Sources: Beacon Hill encounters cost Globe reporter his job

Alleged incidents followed internal sexual harassment complaint at newspaper

A PROMINENT BOSTON GLOBE State House reporter, who was the subject of an internal sexual harassment complaint, was forced out last month after reporters and editors at the paper learned he allegedly initiated inappropriate communications with women who work on Beacon Hill, who were fearful of rebuffing his advances outright because of his position, say(...)

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Escaping the news Thunderdome

Escaping the news Thunderdome

5 policy prescriptions to deal with misinformation

FOLLOWING THE NEWS has become exhausting. We hardly know what to believe anymore. In response, many people now feel the need to curate reality, by pre-selecting news sources on their smartphones and tablet computers. However, whether it’s in business or politics, the truth matters, and important decisions must rest on facts, data, and reality. Public(...)

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Don’t know much about history

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that not all Americans are created equal in their familiarity with the founding documents of their nation or the principles that undergird the same. And so it is that, along with the unalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, we are evidently also endowed by(...)

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Sheehan steps down as CEO of Globe

Sheehan steps down as CEO of Globe

Retired news executive from Florida is replacement

THE BOSTON GLOBE on Thursday shuffled its top management, bringing newspaper executive and publisher Doug Franklin out of retirement to replace Mike Sheehan as CEO. Franklin, 59, is the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cox Enterprises, an Atlanta-based conglomerate with media and automotive operations. Franklin worked there from 2013 to 2015.(...)

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We’re turning 20

We’re turning 20

Two decades of politics, ideas, and civic life in Massachusetts

MASSINC, THE PARENT of CommonWealth magazine, turns 20 this year. We’re planning a birthday party on December 1 that we’re calling Serious Fun II and we’re starting to think about what the next 20 years might look like. I invite you to support our work by attending the birthday party and offering your suggestions on(...)

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