Best breaking-news coverage in 2013.
Not long after fire and law-enforcement officials finished a press conference in which they blamed welding sparks for the fatal Beacon Street fire but declined to say much about the welders themselves, Michele McPhee, currently at ABC News, reported:
Sources said that the investigators believe the welders were aware of the fire and did not call 911 or alert anyone occupying the building... Read more
Neither the Globe nor Kirsner have a problem with him running forums that rake in money from local high-tech entrepreneurs of the sort he writes about as a freelancing Globe columnist, but the Boston Business Journal noses around.
The Globe made it kinda, sorta official today: boston.com is becoming their BuzzFeed/Huffington Post/Upworthy clone - people who want straight news should head immediately to bostonglobe.com.
The move's been in the works for some time now. First came the slide shows and the listicles. The Globe recently hired a couple of reporters to do pretty much the same thing I'm doing here with social-media scouring... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports.
Poynter posts the memo from Globe editor Brian McGrory. Most immediate impact: You'll be able to read up to 10 Globe stories a month before being hit up for a subscription. Also announced: A bunch of staff changes and additions for the Globe's new Catholic and high-tech sites.
Boston Magazine does an interview through e-mail with John Henry on his thoughts on saving the Globe and journalism. Among other things, he acknowledges plans to sell the Globe's 16 acres on Morrissey Boulevard, move the Globe to "a smaller, more efficient and modern facility in the heart of the city."
Also noteworthy: More details on Henry's specific plans for the Globe and boston.com,... Read more
Some people talk about Globe Direct, but Jonathan Kamens is doing something about it: He's contacting all the advertisers he sees in the weekly red-bag-of-unwantedness. He posts a transcript of the voice-mail response he got from Shaws:
We have had several complaints about their alternate delivery and we are working with the Globe and our media company to try and persuade them to go... Read more
The Cambridge City Council on Monday considers a proposal to have the city manager try to get the Globe to stop littering the streets with those Globe Direct circulars that many residents never asked for in the first place.
An annoyed citizen complains about Globe Direct bags (now in new clear plastic!) befouling Sumner Street in East Boston:
I've called the globe to have my name/address removed and they keep appearing. There are 3 in the street in front of our single family. Please contact the globe as I will continue to as well.... Read more
The crux of the Banner's argument is that it never took city loans, because the loans - for which it's made one payment in four years - actually came from "the Boston Local Development Corp., a nonprofit corporation with an... Read more
The Globe travel section yesterday ran an introduction to an exotic locale where both the shopping and the dining offer a break from the humdrum - and where the locals are friendly and, in many cases, able to converse with you in English.
Thereâ€™s nothing ordinary about Jamaica Plain, or "JP" as itâ€™s called, a dynamic Boston neighborhood located southwest of downtown.
Unfortunately,... Read more
The Globe's hired John Allen, who now covers the Vatican for the National Catholic Reporter:
[Globe editor Brian] McGrory said Allen, 48, will play â€œseveral roles of prominence. He will be a correspondent first and foremost. He will be an analyst on all things Catholic. He will also help us explore the very real possibility of launching a free-standing publication devoted to Catholicism, drawing... Read more
Wesley Lowery reports he's leaving the Globe to cover Congress for the Washington Post.
A disgusted citizen complains about how Globe Direct sucks by bespoiling Soley Street in Charlestown:
Can globe direct ever be stopped. Christmas came early on soley st where they gave several papers to each house, gave many to the sidewalk, and even gave some to the snow bank. Can they be fined for littering, or I am willing to recycle all of these as... Read more
On the front page of the Globe today, Dan Shaughnessy whines that he deserves to be treated like a real journalist even though what he writes about doesn't really matter. With obligatory sneer at the Internet and reference to a 20-year-old movie.
A really nice, inspiring story about a couple of poor kids from Dorchester.
CommonWealth reports Herald owner Pat Purcell paid a visit to John Henry's Brookline manse to
offer his condolences give his regards, to see if there are any further ways the two media outlets could work together (the Globe already prints the Herald) and, maybe, to caution about possibly moving the Globe's printing operations from Morrissey Boulevard to the Telegram and Gazette printing plant in... Read more