Crux website launches, will cover all things Catholic

Boston (Sept. 2, 2014) – Boston Globe Media Partners today launched a new website exploring news and issues of the Catholic Church, faith, spirituality and Catholic lifestyle, called Crux. The free, standalone site is at cruxnow.com.

Crux provides national and international news and analysis of the Catholic Church and the practice of Catholicism, with a focus on how news from the Vatican and the words and actions of Pope Francis affect Catholics worldwide. Its content will appeal to a broad swath of people: active Catholics who regularly follow religious news, “casual” Catholics who may not be regular Mass attendees, those who are simply interested in the dynamic and popular Pope Francis, and readers of all faiths who are eager to explore spirituality in general.

“Now is as good a time as I’ve ever seen to launch a site like this,” said Globe Editor Brian McGrory. “The pope is a champion of inclusiveness, openness and social justice, and he has reignited interest in the Catholic faith and faith in general.”

Teresa Hanafin, a 29-year veteran of the Globe, will be the editor of Crux.

“We are going to explore traditional Catholic life within the context of modern day Catholicism, as well as give full voice to disagreements and challenges within the Church,” she said. 

The reporters at Crux will approach coverage from a journalistic point of view, rather than one of advocacy or evangelism. Readers can expect to see contentious topics discussed, including abortion, gay marriage and the role of women in the church.

John L. Allen Jr., considered the premier Vatican reporter in the country, if not the world, will serve as associate editor for Crux. He is also the senior Vatican analyst for CNN and has written nine books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs. He will continue his regular Sunday column, “All Things Catholic,” for the print edition of the Globe.

Crux will also feature lighter fare, including quizzes, travel coverage and recipes. A column called “OMG,” for example, written by New York magazine writer Lisa Miller, will offer advice on readers’ ethical and moral dilemmas. The site will regularly feature contributions from leading religious voices, as well as contributions from readers, who will be invited to submit essays on weekly topics.

“Crux is not just about the Church, but about life and faith,” said David Skok, Boston Globe Digital Adviser. “Our goal is to make the site as inclusive as possible. It is journalistic above all else, so we are not coming at this with any ideological bent.”

Margery Eagan, formerly of the Boston Herald, joins Crux as spirituality columnist. She will explore issues of spirituality, contemplation and devotion, drawing on her personal experience with faith, as well as that of other Catholics and those of various religious traditions.

Inés San Martín, a journalist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, joins the staff as the on-the-ground reporter in Rome, covering the day-to-day news and events at the Vatican. National reporter Michael J. O’Loughlin will focus on the role of the Catholic Church in everyday American life. 

Crux is Boston Globe Media’s second standalone “vertical” website. Its first, BetaBoston.com, launched in 2013 and covers technology and innovation. The Globe is actively exploring other verticals for the future.

Farah Stockman awarded Pulliam Fellowship

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BOSTON (August 18, 2014) Farah Stockman, an editorial writer and Op-Ed page columnist for the Boston Globe, received the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, the Society for Professional Journalists announced Monday.

The $75,000 fellowship is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding editorial writer or columnist and to “help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world.” The award is given by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational arm of the SPJ.

"This is a wonderful honor for Farah Stockman. Boston readers have long appreciated her dogged reporting and vivid, insightful analysis,” Peter Canellos, editor of the Boston Globe’s editorial page, said. “This fellowship will enable her to apply her talents to the question of how schools — and societies — should teach about past racial strife, whether in Boston, the American South, Africa, the Balkans, or other countries of the world." 

Stockman, who is traveling in Africa, told the selection committee she intends to explore race relations in Boston and beyond, analyzing the impact of court-ordered busing in the Boston Public Schools over the last 40 years in order to prompt a nationwide conversation. “I believe the lessons of the past need to be explored, so we can chart a better future,” Stockman wrote in her fellowship application.

Stockman lived in Kenya and Tanzania after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College, and wrote as a freelancer for the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the Christian Science Monitor. She was the Globe’s chief foreign policy reporter in Washington, D.C., for seven years. She has won numerous awards, including the Scripps Howard Foundation national journalism award.

The panel of judges noted that Stockman’s application stood out because she is focused on proposing solutions for communities beyond Boston. The panel included Todd Gillman, committee chairman, former Sigma Delta Chi president and Washington Bureau Chief for The Dallas Morning News; Fred Brown, a former SPJ president and longtime Denver Post columnist; Sandra Shea, the editorial page editor for the Philadelphia Daily News and 2012 Pulliam Fellow; and Hugh Bailey, a Connecticut Post columnist and 2013 Pulliam Fellow.

More information can be found here.

About the Society of Professional Journalists

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information on SPJ, please visit www.spj.org

 

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Margery Eagan named spirituality columnist for Crux

BOSTON (July 30, 2014) – Margery Eagan, a well-known Boston columnist and radio talk show host, will become the spirituality columnist for Crux, a website devoted to Catholicism being launched by  Boston Globe Media Partners in early September.

Eagan has been a columnist at the Boston Herald since the early 1980s, interrupted by a stint as a senior writer at Boston Magazine. She will continue to co-host “Boston Public Radio,” a daily current events talk show, with Jim Braude on WGBH Radio (89.7 FM).

In her column for Crux, Eagan will explore issues of spirituality, contemplation, and devotion, drawing on her personal experience with her Catholic faith, as well as that of other Catholics and those of various religious traditions.

“Margery has had a longstanding fascination with issues around spirituality and has spent no small part of her adult life exploring deep issues involving her Catholic faith,” said Globe editor Brian McGrory. “We couldn’t be more delighted to add her smart, engaging voice to our strong roster of reporters and columnists that will be the backbone of this new site.”

Crux will be a standalone website that covers the institution of the church, with particular focus on how the words and actions of Pope Francis affect Catholics worldwide. It will delve into the practices and challenges of living a Catholic life, and publish the wide-ranging thoughts and opinions of Catholics and others. It will be found at www.cruxnow.com. Readers can follow Crux on Twitter, @Crux, and Facebook, facebook.com/crux.

Teresa Hanafin, editor of the new site, said Eagan’s exploration of her own spirituality through retreats and extensive reading will add a valuable dimension to Crux. “There are many, many Catholics who engage in a very deep, spiritual examination of their faith and their personal relationship with God,” Hanafin said. “Margery is of that world. She understands it, she experiences it, and now she will discuss it with the readers of Crux.”

A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, Eagan received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University. She has written for the Fall River Herald News, the New Bedford Standard Times, the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, Boston Magazine, and the Globe. She has appeared on CNN and Fox News, and is a regular panelist on “Beat the Press,” a media criticism show that is part of the “Greater Boston” public affairs show on WGBH television.

 

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.

 

 

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. 

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Globe Launches Cape & Islands Extra

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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.

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