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The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe.svg

The April 4, 2009 front page
of The Boston Globe
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner The New York Times Company
Publisher Christopher M. Mayer
Editor Martin Baron
Founded 1872
Headquarters 135 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Circulation 350,605 Daily
525,959 Sunday[1]
ISSN 0743-1791
Official website

The Boston Globe (and Boston Sunday Globe) is an American daily newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Globe has been owned by The New York Times Company since 1993. Its chief print rival is the Boston Herald.[2] In 2008 the Globe's average weekday circulation fell to 350,605, down from 382,503, or 8.3%. Sunday circulation fell 6.5% to 525,959.[3]

The Globe has the eighteenth largest average Monday-Saturday U.S. newspaper circulation and has won eighteen Pulitzer Prizes.



The old Globe headquarters on Washington Street (Part of the Boston Advertiser 's Building can be seen just to the right)

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.[4] 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.[5] Consistantly ranked among the Top 10 newspaper websites in America,[6] it has won numerous national awards and took two regional Emmys in 2009 for its video work.[7] On August 6, 2009, several media outlets in Boston reported that in the future, might start charging for its services.[8]

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.[9] This raised questions of a double standard at the Globe, as Mike Barnicle, who is European-American (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.[10]

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 apologized 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.[11][12][13]

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.[14][15]

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

Boston Globe headquarters in September 2009

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.[16]

On April 2, 2009, The New York Times Company, which owns The Globe, said it will close The Globe if its unions do not agree to $20,000,000 of cost savings.[17] Some of the cost savings include reducing union employees' pay by 5%, ending pension contributions, ending certain employees' tenures.[17] However, early on the morning of May 5, the Times Company announced it had reached a tentative deal with the Boston Newspaper Guild, which represents most of the 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 Times Company threatened to give the government 60 days notice that it intended to close the paper.[18]

On October 14, 2009, the New York Times Company announced it terminating the sale of The Globe saying the paper "has significantly improved its financial footing.."

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 Canellos, former Washington bureau chief, is the editor of the editorial page. The publisher P. Steven Ainsley reserves the right to veto an editorial and usually determines political endorsements for high office.[19]

Describing the political position of the Globe in 2001, former 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.[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.[21]



  • Robin Abrahams writes Miss Conduct (see below)
  • Susanne Althoff, 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 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
  • Pierced: A column by Charlie Pierce
  • Tails 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 properness.
  • 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.[22]

Pulitzer prizes

  • 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




The Globe prices are: $1.00 Daily, $3.50 Sunday.

See also


  1. ^ Saba, Jennifer (2008-04-28). "New FAS-FAX: Steep Decline at 'NYT' While 'WSJ' Gains". Editor & Publisher. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.  
  2. ^ Gavin, Robert (2005-11-08). "Herald's circulation declines". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2006-09-06.  
  3. ^ Globe Staff and Wire Reports (2008-04-29). "Big Papers’ Circulation Falls". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-06-05.  
  4. ^ Palmer, Thomas C., Jr. "Globe Sale Points to Newspapers' Strength". The Boston Globe, page A1, June 12, 1993.
  5. ^ "On the Dot: Special Announcement". 2007.  
  6. ^
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  8. ^ Globe says readers to pay for Web site
  9. ^ O'Brien, Sinéad (September 1998). "Secrets And Lies". American Journalism Review.  
  10. ^ O'Brien, Sinéad (September 1998). "For Ba rnicle, One Controversy Too Many". American Journalism Review.  
  11. ^ "Boston Globe publishes bogus GI rape pictures taken from pornographic website". World Net Daily.  
  12. ^ "Councilor takes up Iraq issue - Turner releases purported images of rape by soldiers". The Boston Globe.  
  13. ^ "Globe publishes apology for fake 'GI rape' photos". World Net Daily.  
  14. ^ Kurtz, Howard (April 16, 2005). "Boston Globe Admits Freelancer's Story Included Fabrications". Washington Post: C01.  
  15. ^ Associated Press (April 15, 2005). "Boston Globe retracts story by freelancer it says was fabricated". The Boston Glove ( Archived from the original on 2005-04-15.  
  16. ^ "Blogs from The Boston Globe and".  
  17. ^ a b Adams, Russell (April 3, 2009). "Times Co. Threatens to Close Boston Globe". The Wall Street Journal.  
  18. ^ Gavin, Robert, and Keith O'Brien. Globe, guild reach deal. Boston Globe, 2009-05-06.
  19. ^ "The Boston Globe Opinion Pages Explained". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-06-05.  
  20. ^ Buccini, Cynthia (2001). "Every Day is Judgment Day". Bostonia, The Alumni Quarterly of Boston University. Retrieved 2006-07-20. "The Globe has a long and proud tradition of being a progressive institution."  
  21. ^ New York Times Company (2006-10-23). "Boston Globe Media Publishes Premiere Issue of Design New England: The Magazine of Splendid Homes and Gardens". Press release.  
  22. ^ Ideas. Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-06-16.

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