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The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe
The April 18, 2011 front page
of The Boston Globe
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
Publisher John W. Henry
Editor Brian McGrory
Founded 1872[1]
Headquarters 135 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125, United States
Circulation 245,572 weekdays in March 2013
223,623 Saturdays in 2012
382,452 Sundays in March 2013
26,302 digital-only in March 2013 [2]
ISSN 0743-1791
OCLC number 66652431

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 was established as the newspaper's online edition. In 2011, a 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 and Liverpool F.C.

The Boston Globe has been awarded 23 Pulitzer Prizes since 1966, and its chief print rival is the Boston Herald.[3]


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., the online edition of The 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]

Under the helm of editor Martin Baron, the Globe has shifted away from coverage of international news in favor of Boston-area news.[9] 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.[10]

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.

In 2007, 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.[11]

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.[12][13] Some of the cost savings include reducing union employees' pay by 5%, ending pension contributions, ending certain employees' tenures.[12][13] 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.[14] 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.[15] In September 2011, The Boston Globe launched a dedicated, subscription-based website at[16]

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.[17][18] On October 24, 2013, he took ownership of the Globe, at a $70 million purchase price.[19][20] On January 30, 2014, Henry named himself publisher and named Mike Sheehan, a prominent former Boston ad executive, to be CEO.[21]

Editorial page

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.[22]

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.[23]


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.[24]


  • Robin Abrahams writes Miss Conduct (see below)
  • Susanne Althoff, Editor
  • Neil Swidey is a staff writer
  • Tina Sutton writes The Clothes We Wear

Regular features

  • 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
  • Tales 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 propriety.
  • 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.[25]

Bostonian of the Year

Each year in December since 2004, the magazine picks a Bostonian of the Year.[26] 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[27] (2011), and Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and Kayla Harrison (2012) [28]

Pulitzer Prizes


Publisher Years active Notes
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 2009–2014
John W. Henry 2014–present Current publisher for The Boston Globe.

Notable contributors




In 1998, columnist 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.[46]

In 2004, the Globe apologized for printing graphic photographs that the article represented as showing U.S. soldiers raping Iraqi women during the [47][48]

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.[49][50]


The Globe maintains two distinct major websites: is a subscriber-supported site with a paywall and content from the printed paper; and, one of the first regional news portals, is supported by advertising. Between September 2011 and March 2014, the Globe gradually withdrew stories written by Globe journalists from, making the sites more and more separated.[51] was designed to emphasize a premium experience focusing on content and emulating the visual appearance of the Boston Globe newspaper; the site was one of the first major websites to use a responsive design which automatically adapts its layout to a device's screen size. followed suit in 2014. The two sites are aimed towards different readers; while became targeted towards "casual" readers and local content, the new Boston Globe website is targeted towards the audience of the paper itself.[52][53][54]

The Globe further diversified its offerings with websites for coverage of certain niche subjects. In 2014 it launched a website devoted to local technology news coverage, BetaBoston, and also Crux, a news site about the global Catholic Church.[51][55] In 2013, it launched BDCwire, a site covering local entertainment news for a younger audience.[56]

In 2012, the Society for News Design selected as the world's best-designed news website.[57]

See also

Notes and references

  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, win first local Emmys". The Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ Starobin, Paul (December 17, 2012). "Martin Baron's Plan To Save The Washington Post: Invest In Metro Coverage".  
  10. ^ Staff (April 16, 2007). "Past Boston Globe Pulitzer Prizes". The Boston Globe. 
  11. ^ Stergios, Jim (July 16, 2010). "Blogs from The Boston Globe and". 
  12. ^ a b Adams, Russell; Winstein, Keith J. (April 3, 2009). "For Boston Globe, an Ultimatum".  
  13. ^ a b Ewen MacAskill (June 9, 2009). "Boston Globe staff vote against accepting pay cut".  
  14. ^ Gavin, Robert; O'Brien, Keith (May 6, 2009). "Globe, guild reach deal". The Boston Globe. 
  15. ^ Beth Healy (October 14, 2009). "Times Co. isn't selling Globe, Taylor discusses failed bid". The Boston Globe. 
  16. ^ Dan Rowinski. "How the Boston Globe Pulled Off HTML5 Responsive Design". ReadWriteWeb. 
  17. ^ "At least six groups submit bids to buy The Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Report: Red Sox owner John Henry wants to buy Boston Globe solo after group drops out". The Republican. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "New York Times Company Sells Boston Globe". NY Times. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "John Henry’s purchase of Boston Globe is completed after Worcester judge lifts injunction". Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "John Henry assumes role of publisher, names CEO". Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Boston Globe Opinion Pages Explained". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  23. ^ Buccini, Cynthia K. (2001). "Every Day Is Judgment Day". Bostonia (Boston University). Retrieved July 20, 2006. 
  24. ^ "Boston Globe Media Publishes Premiere Issue of Design New England: The Magazine of Splendid Homes and Gardens" (Press release).  
  25. ^ "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. 
  26. ^ Bostonian of the Year. Past winners, Boston Globe.
  27. ^ Rob Orchard plays starring roles at ArtsEmerson, Boston Globe, January 1, 2012.
  28. ^ Bostonians of the Year: Raisman and Harrison, Boston Globe, December 22, 2012.
  29. ^ 
  30. ^ "Boston Globe – Pulitzer Prize – Wesley Morris". The Boston Globe. April 20, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Globe art critic Sebastian Smee wins Pulitzer", Culture Desk, April 18, 2011.
  32. ^ "The Boston Globe's Gareth Cook Wins 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism.", Business Wire, April 4, 2005.
  33. ^ "Boston Globe Wins Pulitzer Prize For Public Service", Rome News-Tribune, page 7, April 8, 2003.
  34. ^ 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.
  35. ^ 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.
  36. ^ a b "Journalists Toasting 1984 Pulitzer Prize.", Kentucky New Era, page 21, April 16, 1984.
  37. ^ "Ny Times, Washington Post Pace Pulitzer Prize Winners.", The Pittsburgh Press, page B-4, April 19, 1983.
  38. ^ 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.
  39. ^ "Mailer Cops His Second Pulitzer. Boston Globe Gets 3 awards; 'Taley's Folly' top drama", The Spokesman-Review, page 6, April 15, 1980.
  40. ^ "Mears, Will, Szep Are Pulitzer Prize Winners.", The Free Lance-Star, page 6, April 19, 1977.
  41. ^ "Boston Globe Wins Pulitzer Prize For Public Service .", The Milwaukee Journal, page 5, May 6, 1975.
  42. ^ "Series .Tracing Heroin .Kw Ox Wins Pulitzer Prize", The Leader-Post, page 45, May 8, 1974.
  43. ^ Bob Monroe, "Jack Anderson Wins Pulitzer Prize.," The Tuscaloosa News, page 11, May 2, 1972.
  44. ^ "Vietnam War Reporter Wins Pulitzer Prize." The Calgary Herald, page 26, May 3, 1966.
  45. ^ O'Brien, Sinéad (September 1998). "Secrets And Lies".  
  46. ^ O'Brien, Sinéad (September 1998). "For Barnicle, One Controversy Too Many".  
  47. ^ Slack, Donovan (May 12, 2004). "Councilor takes up Iraq issue – Turner releases purported images of rape by soldiers". The Boston Globe. 
  48. ^ Chinlund, Christine (May 14, 2004). "A series of errors on lewd images". The Boston Globe. 
  49. ^  
  50. ^ The Boston Globe (April 15, 2005). "For the record". The Boston Globe. 
  51. ^ a b Justin Ellis. "Embrace the unbundling: The Boston Globe is betting it’ll be stronger split up than unified". Nieman Journalism Lab. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  52. ^ "BostonGlobe.Com Launches Today; Shifts To Paying Subscribers Only Oct. 1". PaidContent. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  53. ^ "Behind Boston Globe's responsive layout". .net magazine. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  54. ^ "Paywalled launches, while remains free". Poynter. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  55. ^ Goldstein, Meredith; Shanahan, Mark (31 July 2014). "Margery Eagan leaves the Boston Herald, joins Crux". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  56. ^ Hare, Kristen. "BDC Wire launches, as planned, under the radar". Poynter. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  57. ^ "World's Best Designed website:". Society for News Design. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 

External links

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