BostonDotCom rips veil off new design

Boston (April 18, 2014) – Boston.com has unveiled a redesigned website for desktop and mobile platforms that is more responsive and easier to navigate. The mobile redesign launched last month and the desktop redesign launched in beta this week. 

The new Boston.com features an elegant black and white design that is crisp and modern, with a continually updated stream of news and feature stories that focus on all things Boston.

The new site incorporates more visual elements – photos, video and graphics – to deliver news and tell stories in ways that readers have come to expect today. Boston.com content will also be easier to navigate and share from a mobile device with its responsive design that adjusts the content to your screen.

"Since it launched in 1995, Boston.com has become one of the largest regional news websites in the country, and we want it to continue to be as vibrant and dynamic as the community serves," said Andrew Perlmutter, Boston Globe Media executive vice president. “We are refining the site to improve the reader experience, making it as easy and enjoyable as possible to discover, experience, and share our content.” 

The newly enhanced Boston.com will remain free for readers and will continue to appeal to those looking for a wide-ranging online experience that includes: breaking news and sports coverage; award-winning photography; entertainment and business updates; travel tips and features; lifestyle blogs; and local job and real estate listings.   

Boston Globe awarded Pulitzer for Breaking News

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Boston (April 14, 2014) – The Boston Globe was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News on Monday for coverage of last year’s Marathon bombings, the search for the suspects, and the impact on the city. The judges cited the Globe for “its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy.”

It is the 23th Pulitzer in the Globe’s 142-year history. Administered by Columbia University, the Pulitzers are considered to be the most prestigious awards in journalism.

While noting that this marks the first time that the Globe has won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, editor Brian McGrory asked the staff to observe a moment of “quiet reflection and remembrance” for those affected by the bombings, and for those who lost their lives. “There’s nobody in this room who wanted to cover this story. Each and every one of us hopes that nothing like it ever happens again on our watch,” he said.

“In the face of the greatest challenge that any of us have had in our professional careers, we rose to the highest levels, and we all did it together,” McGrory said. “I am not only proud of you, but I am gratified that the Pulitzer Board has chosen to honor you.”

Columnist Kevin Cullen was named a finalist for his “street-wise local columns that capture the spirit of a city.” McGrory said:

 “Kevin produced memorable prose throughout the year, and we’re indebted to him for his work – certainly for his columns on the Marathon and first responders, but also for his columns about Whitey Bulger and the Catholic Church and many other aspects of life in Boston. The city would not have been the same without him last year.”

Globe photographers John Tlumacki and David Ryan were named as finalists for their “searing photographs that captured the shock, chaos, and heroism after the bloody Boston Marathon bombings.”

Describing their work on the day of the blasts, McGrory said:

 “The moment the bombs went off, John Tlumacki walked toward the smoke shooting the most iconic images of the entire episode. From the bridge, David Ryan captured the horrific sight of the second bomb going off.”

 Dante Ramos, deputy editorial page editor, was named a finalist in editorial writing for his work his “evocative editorials urging Boston to become a more modern, around-the-clock city by shedding longtime restrictions and removing bureaucratic obstacles that can sap its vitality.”

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Boston Globe debuts ‘5 Runners’ marathon documentary

Boston (April 8, 2014) – The Boston Globe today announced the release of 5 Runners, a first-of-its-kind television documentary — developed and directed by Emmy Award-winning Boston Globe print and digital journalists — that profiles five 2013 Boston Marathon runners who were crossing the finish line as the first bomb exploded.

The 30-minute documentary, made possible by generous support from AT&T, explores the runners’ personal journeys, as well as their shared mission to return and race the 2014 Boston Marathon. It will premiere at an advance public screening on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The event will also include a question and answer session following the screening. For more information about the film or to register for the advance screening, please visit 5runners.eventbrite.com.

The documentary will then air on Monday, April 14 at 9:30 p.m. on New England Sports Network (NESN), with additional airings before the April 21 Boston Marathon. It will remain available for on-demand viewing on BostonGlobe.com.

Produced, written, directed and edited by the Emmy-winning team of Globe arts reporter Geoff Edgers, and Globe videographer Darren Durlach, the film profiles five runners captured in the widely-seen footage of the first bomb’s explosion: Demi Clark, Howard Mayes, Volker Fischer, Mary Jenkins and Brian Donovan. The groundbreaking documentary builds upon that iconic image with new content, originally produced by the Globe team, including never-before-seen runner interviews and video of their training. The documentary also features personal runner footage from that day, while integrating stock photography, archival newscasts, and Globe video from the 2013 Marathon to provide a 360-degree view of events as they unfolded.

“There are numerous documentaries focused on the alleged attackers, the play-by-play events of the day, and the FBI investigation,” said 5 Runners co-director and Globe reporter Geoff Edgers. “This film is the first to offer a runner’s point of view, from the inside, portraying what it was like to be at the scene of these attacks while crossing the finish line, and how the individuals involved are physically and emotionally preparing for this year’s race.”

AT&T has provided generous support for the film, as well as the April 10 premiere screening at JFK Library. The documentary’s directors are also working on 5 Runners…The Return. The extended documentary will follow the runners as they achieve their goal of crossing the 2014 Boston Marathon finish line, and is set to air on NESN this summer.

5 Runners is The Boston Globe’s first television documentary. The film is a unique collaboration between the Globe’s digital and print teams, developed completely in-house, leveraging Globe staff resources, archives and insights from extensive coverage of the bombings over the last year. While 5 Runners is the Globe’s first television documentary, it is the latest in a well-regarded, extensive portfolio of video content, which includes 20 New England Emmy Award-winning videos and one national Emmy-nominated video produced over the past six years.

“We are constantly developing new forms of digital storytelling,” said Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory. “This documentary commemorates a monumental moment in the history and psyche of the city of Boston, so we are delivering it to our readers and broader regional audiences on a new platform.”

The film’s directors, Edgers and Durlach, have received multiple regional Emmy Awards for their work with The Boston Globe. Edgers has also received numerous accolades for his 2010 documentary, Do It Again, about the rock band The Kinks, and served as writer and host of the Travel Channel reality series, “Edge of America.” Edgers also wrote and narrated 5 Runners, while Durlach shot and edited the film.

“As a longtime sponsor of the Boston Marathon and a member of the Boston community, we are proud to be backing a project that celebrates the courage and fortitude of a city we love,” said Patricia Jacobs, President, AT&T New England. “This documentary captures Bostonians’ strength and resilience. The hopeful tone of 5 Runners is what sets this film and this great city apart.” 

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Boston Globe launches Address, new weekly RE section

Boston (March 27, 2014) – The Boston Globe will launch a new, expanded real estate broadsheet section, called ADDRESS, on Sunday, March 30.

The 12-page weekly section replaces the existing tabloid real estate section, with new features, writers, columns, photos and visual elements.

The section will continue to include the popular “Home of the Week” feature by Globe reporter John Ellement, which will be expanded and show more photos. It will also have new features and columns that focus on the lifestyle, rather than the business, of real estate.

“Stories about whether to refinance your mortgage will continue to be covered in the Business section,” said Doug Most, the Globe’s deputy managing editor for special sections and new initiatives. “Stories about how to spend the money on your house that you save by refinancing your mortgage, that’s something that could be covered in ADDRESS.”

The editor of ADDRESS will be Eileen Woods, a 15-year Globe veteran, who was previously a copy editor for the Boston Globe Magazine, where she wrote the “On the Block” real estate column.

ADDRESS differs from the previous Boston Globe real estate section, casting a wider net and broadening its focus to cover topics and trends relevant to anyone with an address: whether buyers or renters, empty-nesters, second-home buyers or millennials renting their first apartment. 

“The Greater Boston real estate market is dynamic, one of the hottest in the country,” said Most. “Even if you’re not thinking of moving,  when a home in your neighborhood hits the market, there is endless fascination with how it looks, how busy the open houses are, and how much it eventually sells for. The section will speak as much to people who are considering a move as to those who simply are interested in improving their homes. There will be profiles, stories on real estate trends, and a special focus on neighborhoods.”

The new ADDRESS section will include:

  • One major feature on the section’s front page, with compelling graphics or photos.
  • “Location, Location, Location,” a full-page column highlighting a new neighborhood, street or town each week, and what defines the place, its people and culture.
  • “One Great Room,” a highly visual column that will feature a beautiful room each week and provide close-up details of the space.
  • A full-page advice column, “Ask,” will feature three columnists giving advice on everything from home improvement to gardening to interior design to mortgages to home sales.
  • “My First Home,” a first-person essay sharing the funny, sad, scary, educational, mistake-filled experience of buying or renting a first home.
  • “Home of the Week,” the popular feature from the existing section with a bolder, expanded look, occupying a full page, with more photos and longer accompanying article.  
  • A full-page “Real Estate Transactions” section with detailed listings, showing the price, size and scope of the property sold, customized to each circulation zone so readers can see listings from their area. This new section is complemented by traditional real estate listings for those readers looking to buy.

The Globe’s new ADDRESS section debuts Sunday, March 30, 2014. All content will also be available to subscribers at BostonGlobe.com/Address, and readers can also follow ADDRESS news on Twitter @BostonGlobe.  

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Boston Globe wins two ASNE Awards

The American Society of News Editors announced that the Boston Globe is the winner of the Breaking News Writing Award for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Mike Royko Award for Commentary / Column Writing for columns by Kevin Cullen. Dante Ramos, Deputy Managing Editor for the Editorial Page, was a finalist for the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership.
 
From the judges on the breaking news award:
"Globe reporters used their depth of knowledge about their community and its people to navigate around the chaos at the scene and area hospitals — through a city in lockdown still searching for unknown assailants — to fully report all known and verified facts about what happened.

"Judges appreciated how thoroughly and honestly the Globe reported what it knew and what it did not about suspects and potential motives without speculating or giving undo credence to unverified rumors and theories. Stories were tightly written and edited, packed with information and context about the tragedy. Every quote mattered.

From the judges on Cullen: 

"Kevin Cullen’s work demonstrates a deft writing touch, a ferocious spirit and a no holds-barred clarity that is by turns bracing and brilliant. His well-reported columns surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing were particularly noteworthy for their humanity and the way they captured the defiant spirit of a city simultaneously reeling from a devastating attack."