The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

Infobox Newspaper
name =

caption = The February 28, 2008 front page
of "The Boston Globe"
type = Daily newspaper
format = Broadsheet
foundation = 1872
owners = The New York Times Company
headquarters = 135 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
publisher= P. Steven Ainsley
editor = Martin Baron
circulation = 350,605 Daily
525,959 Sunday [cite web |url= |title=New FAS-FAX: Steep Decline at 'NYT' While 'WSJ' Gains |last=Saba |first=Jennifer |date=2008-04-28 |work=Editor & Publisher |publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc]
website = []

"The Boston Globe" (and "Boston Sunday Globe") is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston and in New England, United States. Owned by The New York Times Company, the broadsheet "Globe"'s local print rival is the "Boston Herald". [cite news
last = Gavin
first = Robert
title = Herald's circulation declines
work = The Boston Globe
date = 2005-11-08
url =
accessdate = 2006-09-06
] In 2008 the "Globe"'s average weekday circulation fell to 350,605, down from 382,503, or 8.3 percent. Sunday circulation fell 6.5 percent to 525,959. [cite news
last = Globe Staff and Wire Reports
title = Big Papers’ Circulation Falls
work = The Boston Globe
date = 2008-04-29
url =
accessdate = 2008-06-05


"The 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 Globe" started an afternoon edition called "The Boston Evening Globe", which ceased publication in 1979.

"The 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 Globe" a wholly-owned subsidiary of "The New York Times"' parent. [Palmer, Thomas C., Jr. "Globe Sale Points to Newspapers' Strength". "The Boston Globe", page A1, June 12, 1993.] The Jordan and Taylor families received substantial Times Company stock, but the last Taylor family members left management in 2000-2001.

"" the online edition of Boston Globe was launched in 1995.cite web |accessdate= |url=
title=On the Dot: Special Announcement |year=2007

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. [cite journal |last=O'Brien |first=Sinéad |year=1998 |month=September |title=Secrets And Lies |journal=American Journalism Review |url=] This raised questions of a double standard at the "Globe", as Mike Barnicle, who is white (Smith is African-American), had been accused of the same offense without being punished. In August of that year, 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 "Globe" editors found that Barnicle had fabricated a story about two cancer patients, and Barnicle was forced to resign. [cite journal |last=O'Brien |first=Sinéad |year=1998 |month=September |title=For Barnicle, One Controversy Too Many |journal=American Journalism Review |url=]

"Globe" reporters 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" apologised for printing graphic photographs that purportedly showed U.S.soldiers raping Iraqi women during the Iraq war. A week earlier the pictures had been shown by "World Net Daily" to be fantasies from an internet pornography site. [cite news
title= Boston Globe publishes bogus GI rape pictures taken from pornographic website
journal=World Net Daily
] [cite news
title=Councilor takes up Iraq issue - Turner releases purported images of rape by soldiers
journal=The Boston Globe
] [cite news
title=Globe publishes apology for fake 'GI rape' photos
journal=World Net Daily

In the spring of 2005, the "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 "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. [cite journal |last=Kurtz |first=Howard |authorlink=Howard Kurtz |date=April 16, 2005|title=Boston Globe Admits Freelancer's Story Included Fabrications |journal=Washington Post |pages=C01 |url=] [cite news|accessdate=
title=Boston Globe retracts story by freelancer it says was fabricated
author=Associated Press
work=The Boston Glove
date=April 15, 2005

"The Globe" is also credited with allowing Peter Gammons to start his "Notes" section on baseball, which has become a mainstay in all major newspapers nation wide. Gammons went on to become a member of the Baseball Writers Hall of Fame.

In 2007, Charlie Savage, whose reports on President Bush's use of signing statements made national news, won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Today, "The Globe" now 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. [cite news|accessdate=
title=Blogs from The Boston Globe and

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. The publisher P. Steven Ainsley reserves the right to veto an editorial and usually determines political endorsements for high office. [cite news
title = The Boston Globe Opinion Pages Explained
work = The Boston Globe
url =
accessdate = 2008-06-05

Describing the political position of the "Globe" in 2001, editorial-page editor Renee 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." [cite news
last = Buccini
first = Cynthia
title = Every Day is Judgment Day
work = Bostonia, The Alumni Quarterly of Boston University
quote = The Globe has a long and proud tradition of being a progressive institution.
date = 2001
url =
accessdate = 2006-07-20


Appearing in the Sunday paper almost every week is the "Globe Magazine". Doug Most 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 publish six times per year. [cite press release |title=Boston Globe Media Publishes Premiere Issue of Design New England: The Magazine of Splendid Homes and Gardens |publisher=New York Times Company |date=2006-10-23 |url=]


*Robin Abrahams writes Miss Conduct (see below)
*Doug Most, Editor
*Charlie Pierce is a staff writer
*Neil Swidey is a staff writer
*Tina Sutton writes The Clothes We Wear

Regular features

Editor's Notes: Notes written by Doug Most that are relative to one of the features in that week's magazine.Letters: Reader's correspondenceQ/A: A mini interview with a local personThe Big Deal: A profiling of a transaction that recently took placePierced: A column by Charlie PierceTails From the City: Heartwarming stories from Boston and elsewhereThe Clothes We Wear: Style columnMiss 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.

Pulitzer prizes

*2008 - Criticism, Mark Feeney
*2007 - National Reporting, Charlie Savage
*2005 - Explanatory Reporting, Gareth Cook
*2003 - Public Service, Boston Globe Spotlight Team
*2001 - Distinguished Criticism, Gail Caldwell
*1997 - Distinguished Commentary, Eileen McNamara
*1996 - Distinguished Criticism, Robert Campbell
*1995 - Distinguished Beat Reporting, David M Shribman
*1985 - Feature Photography, Stan Grossfeld
*1984 - Spot News Photography, Stan Grossfeld

*1984 - Local Reporting, "The Boston Globe"
*1983 - National Reporting, the "Boston Globe Magazine"
*1980 - Distinguished Commentary, Ellen Goodman
*1980 - Distinguished Criticism, William Henry III
*1980 - Special Local Reporting, The Boston Globe Spotlight Team
*1977 - Editorial Cartooning, Paul Szep
*1975 - Meritorious Public Service, "The Boston Globe"
*1974 - Editorial Cartooning, Paul Szep
*1972 - Local Reporting, The Boston Globe Spotlight Team
*1966 - Meritorious Public Service

Notable contributors


*Ty Burr
*Robert Campbell
*James Carroll
*Bud Collins
*Gareth Cook
*Alex Beam
*John Ellement
*Mark Feeney
*Ellen Goodman
*Stan Grossfeld
*Bob Hohler
*Derrick Z. Jackson
*Jeff Jacoby
*Michael Kranish
*Eileen McNamara
*Brian C. Mooney
*Wesley Morris
*Sean P. Murphy
*Michael Rezendes
*Charlie Pierce
*Bob Ryan
*Dan Shaughnessy
*Shira Springer
*Joan Vennochi
*Adrian Walker
*Dan Wasserman
*Cathy Young


*Mike Barnicle
*Ron Borges
*Gordon Edes
*George Frazier
*Peter Gammons
*George V. Higgins
*Michael Holley
*Diane Lewis
*Alan Lupo
*Jackie MacMullan
*Will McDonough
*Leigh Montville
*Jeremiah V. Murphy
*Kirk Scharfenberg
*Michael Smith
*Patricia Smith
*Paul Szep
*Lesley Visser
*Larry Whiteside


ee also

*United States journalism scandals

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Boston Globe history]
* [ Boston Globe blogs]
* [ "Squaring the Boston Globe", a blog usually critical of the Boston Globe]

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