Staff for Globe Catholic site announced

BOSTON (July 8, 2014) - Teresa Hanafin, the editor of the Boston Globe’s new standalone website dedicated to Catholicism, which is expected to launch by early September, announced her new team today.

“As you know, we hired John L. Allen Jr., the premier Vatican reporter in the country, if not the world, earlier this year from the National Catholic Reporter. His insightful reporting and analysis will be supplemented by on-the-ground event coverage by correspondent Ines San Martin, an engaging Argentinean journalist who has moved to Rome and just finished intense immersion in an Italian language course,” Hanafin said.

San Martin has a BA in social communications and journalism and a master’s degree in communication, both from Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires. She worked as a reporter and editor for Valores Religiosos, managed the international press office for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, and was the community/social media manager, content director, and graphic designer for Conta con Nosotros.

Michael O’Loughlin has been hired as the site’s national reporter. O’Loughlin has local roots and a background in religion writing. He grew up in Dracut, Massachusetts, and graduated from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and Yale Divinity School. He has written for AmericaNational Catholic Reporter, Foreign Policy, The Advocate, and the Religion News Service, and is writing a book on the Catholic Church and millennials, to be published by Paulist Press in the fall of 2015. He has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC.

Christina Reinwald, a 2013 Emerson graduate who has worked at Boston.com and BostonGlobe.com for three years, has been hired as web producer. Reinwald has written for and produced the online Business section, and has played a key role in social media efforts for both Boston.com and BostonGlobe.com. 

John Allen

Globe Launches Cape & Islands Extra

image

BOSTON (June 23, 2014) Not only will The Boston Globe be available around Cape Cod and the Islands this summer, as usual, but it will have a beach bonus. The Cape & Islands Extra is a new section that will wrap the Globe on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all summer long, and will be available exclusively for home delivery on the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, as well as at retail outlets all over the Cape and Islands. 

If you’re planning a day trip, a weekend getaway, a week-long vacation, or an entire summer down on the Cape or one of the islands, the bonus section will be essential reading. 

On Friday and Saturday, the four-page section will be full of things to do, profiles of interesting Cape characters, a smorgasbord of restaurant listings and a long-range weather forecast with details on tanning indexes, tides, fishing and more.

On Sunday, the Cape & Islands Extra will be 10 pages. In addition to things to do for the week ahead, it will feature more restaurant listings, a great cycling column for all the trails, recent real estate transactions to show you prices and trends, one big feature story, and an excerpt from a popular Cape book that should become your next beach read.

image

image

The Boston Globe Announces Inaugural Game Changers Magazine

New magazine will showcase local organizations that drive the Massachusetts innovation economy and improve the lives of people near and far

BOSTON (June 12, 2014) – The Pulitzer-Prize winning Boston Globe today announced the inaugural issue of Game Changers Magazine, recognizing 56   entrepreneurial organizations with a presence in Massachusetts in 2013 that made a significant economic and life-changing impact, here and worldwide.

The organizations and products featured in the 58-page magazine were selected from more than 100 public nominations and by Globe business reporters.

 “We defined ‘game changer’ as any corporation (private or public), academic institution, health care provider, nonprofit, or startup with a Massachusetts presence in 2013 that accomplished something remarkable or cool,” said Mark Pothier, Boston Globe business editor. “Our inaugural 56 are the embodiment of that definition, and we’re eager to highlight their tremendous contributions to the economy and Massachusetts’ status as a hotbed of innovation.”

The magazine will be published online June 13 at bostonglobe.com/gamechangers, and in the print edition on June15. Readers can also follow updates on Twitter @GlobeBiz and #GlobeGameChangers.

Game Changers represents the evolution of the 25-year-old Globe 100 list, which recognized the best performing publicly held companies in Massachusetts. Game Changers casts a wider net and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Massachusetts by considering any type of innovative organization that significantly makes a contribution to the local economy and to people worldwide.

Here’s a sampling of the inaugural Game Changers:

  • BiOM of Bedford, Mass., has developed a bionic ankle that replicates muscle tendon function, giving more than 1,000 people (including many war veterans) the ability to walk with a more normal gait.
  • Biogen Idec, the Cambridge, Mass. biotech giant, introduced a pill for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, called Tecfidera. Its ease of use, effectiveness and safety made it one the most successful drug launches in American history.
  • Third Rock Ventures of Boston finances biotech startups tackling big problems. The company’s ground-up approach to incubation last year propelled three of its portfolio companies to public offerings raising a combined $328 million.
  • Boston-based Lovin’ Spoonfuls solves two problems: the epidemic of wasted food, and hunger. The organization picks up fresh food – more than a million pounds of it last year alone – that would otherwise be discarded by grocery stores, wholesalers, farmer’s markets and others, and distributes it to nonprofits feeding the hungry.
  • iRobot Corp. of Bedford has developed a telepresence bot called the Ava 500. Users can “log in” to the device from anywhere in the world and it roams freely as if you were there in person, eliminating the limitations of distance.

“The Globe will always be a primary source of business and technology news,” said Steve Syre, Globe business columnist and editor of the 2014 Game Changers Magazine. “But there’s more to innovation than the bottom line. We will find and bring readers stories of visionaries solving not only business problems, but also health and societal problems. Those are the real game changers.” 

About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC

Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC provides news and information, entertainment, opinion and analysis through its multimedia properties. BGMP includes The Boston Globe, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com and Globe Direct. 

Globe wins three Murrow awards for video journalism

BOSTON (June 11, 2014) The Boston Globe won three national Edward R. Murrow Awards, among the most prestigious industry honors for videography.

The Globe won in the Breaking News category for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, in Continuing Coverage for the bombings, and in Investigative Reporting for the short documentary that accompanied the 2013 Spotlight project on the Boston taxi industry.

The award, given by the Radio Television Digital News Association, has honored video journalism since 1971.

“To put this in perspective, no other news organization won more categories,” said Globe editor Brian McGrory. “This doesn’t happen by chance, and it doesn’t happen easily. For Breaking News, Steve Silva and David Abel provided raw, gripping video from Boylston Street, accompanied by the still images from John Tlumacki and David Ryan that are still seared into our collective psyche.

He added: “Videographers Darren Durlach and Scott LaPierre rushed to the scene to get footage of the aftermath. Editors Thea Breite and producer Susan Chalifoux brought it all together in a series of constantly updated segments posted to our two sites and viewed hundreds of thousands of times around the world. And this same group, led by Scott LaPierre, produced an extraordinary wrapup at week’s end, Five Days in April.”

Other details: 

Continuing Coverage:  The Murrow Award recognized Five Days in April, as well as footage taken by David Filipov while in Russia gathering background on the Tsarnaev brothers, and produced by Darren Durlach. A key part of the winning entry involved John Tlumacki’s documentary video of mother and daughter Celeste and Sydney Corcoran recovering from their severe injuries.

Investigative News: The Murrow Award recognized Scott LaPierre for a documentary on the corruption exposed in the taxi industry by the Spotlight Team, with John Tlumacki — along with Scott himself — contributing the key footage, “stunning video that was a pitch-perfect representation of the three-part series,” McGrory said.

McGrory noted the critical roles played by Alan Miller, who oversees the Globe’s video operation, and photo editor Bill Greene, and added: “I don’t need to remind you that we must tell stories in all sorts of different ways, across many platforms, to truly prosper. This is even more evidence that we are not only doing that, but helping to set the standard.”

2014 Murrow Awards

Large Online News Organizations

Breaking News: Boston Marathon Bombings, Boston Globe

Continuing Coverage: Boston Marathon Bombings, Boston Globe

Investigative Reporting: Boston Cabbies, Boston Globe 

Boston Globe launches Capital, a weekly political section

 

Boston (June 4, 2014) – The Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe will launch a weekly section on June 6 exploring the issues, debates and characters in Massachusetts politics, called Capital.

The Capital section will appear every Friday in the print edition and online at BostonGlobe.com. It will be characterized by the depth and breadth of its political reporting, analysis of political campaigns and issues, people and personalities. The section will feature graphics, powerful photos and weekly polls to take the pulse of public opinion on key issues. Capital will track the Massachusetts political conversation on social media and identify the top trending issues and influencers driving the conversation. 

Capital will delve deeper into Massachusetts’ sport of politics from all angles, and explore water cooler topics from medical marijuana and casinos to education and the first new Boston mayor in 20 years. Politics at both the local and state level will be covered, as well as major regional political news, like the high-profile New Hampshire Senate race between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen.

“Capital will cover policy, of course, but also the politics, characters and motives behind the policy, which in many ways is more interesting and important,” said Globe Editor Brian McGrory. “We envision Capital as more than a one-day read, since we will follow not only the news of the day, but broader political issues with long-term implications.”

The Globe’s political team will regularly write for Capital, including Frank Phillips, Jim O’Sullivan, Joshua Miller, Michael Levenson, and Stephanie Ebbert, all known for their political expertise. Also joining the staff is veteran political reporter David Scharfenberg, formerly of local NPR affiliate WBUR and the Providence Phoenix.

The Globe has partnered with Cambridge-based SocialSphere, a public opinion research and social media analytics company, to administer its polling and identify and analyze online influencers. Every week until the general election in November, Capital will present the results of a poll on a major issue, using infographics to tell the story.

SocialSphere’s CEO, John Della Volpe, is also the Director of Polling at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. He is an authority on understanding public sentiment, opinion and influence, and said, “We could not be more excited about our partnership with The Boston Globe and the ability to bring readers one of the most comprehensive views of public opinion in America, covering key events, issues and influencers from the online and offline worlds.”

The Globe and SocialSphere will also track leading political voices driving the social media conversation, presenting the top 50 weekly Twitter influencers in Mass. politics. Capital will measure opinions and identify not only what the political trends are, but also who is driving the online conversation about those trends. 

Readers can expect Capital to build on the hallmarks of the Globe’s political reporting - knowledgeable, engaging, authoritative, high-impact - with compelling content that appeals to a wider audience. 

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.