Save the Boston Globe!

Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy is organizing a “blog rally” to try to help save the Boston Globe. The Globe is a much-needed resource in our community; the Boston area will be in rough shape if the paper closes its doors. In particular, the Globe has been effective in policing local and statewide political and health care institutions.

The following statement is being published simultaneously on several Boston-area blogs showing support and asking for help in coming up with ideas. Feel free to comment here or on another one of the blogs.

Meanwhile, if you want to save the Globe my suggestion is to subscribe to home or business delivery of the newspaper. If you already subscribe and want to help out, why not provide a gift subscription to someone? You can subscribe online or call 1-888-MYGLOBE.

We have all read recently about the threat of possible closure faced by the Boston Globe.  A number of Boston-based bloggers who care about the continued existence of the Globe have banded together in conducting a blog rally.  We are simultaneously posting this paragraph to solicit your ideas of steps the Globe could take to improve its financial picture.

We view the Globe as an important community resource, and we think that lots of people in the region agree and might have creative ideas that might help in this situation. So, here’s your chance.  Please don’t write with nasty comments and sarcasm:  Use this forum for thoughtful and interesting steps you would recommend to the management that would improve readership, enhance the Globe’s community presence, and make money.  Who knows, someone here might come up with an idea that will work, or at least help.  Thank you.

April 6, 2009

7 thoughts on “Save the Boston Globe!”

  1. A more sustainable model for newspapers such as the Boston Globe might be to put their original content into a local section of the New York Times or other newspapers also likely to survive.

    The Globe has already dropped its original material for foreign news as well as much national news. It should focus on what it does best – cover New England and cover national issues as they relate to New England.

    There are many opportunities for newspapers to use this model in many other regions as well.

  2. The Globe is a very left leaning paper and only reports the news from one side. It is biased in all of it’s reporting and has had several instinsance over the not too ditant past where it’s columnists were accused of plagarism.
    If the Globe would change the way it reports the news and made an attempt to be fair and accurately represent the points of view from both the right and the left, maybe it’s readership and sponsorship would increase. But for now, the Globe chooses to remain a liberal broadsheet and in my opinion, a symbol of arrogance.

  3. The business of publishing a print newspaper is no longer profitable. In fact, for all but maybe a few news organizations, it will be impossible to publish for profit in any medium. I think the right model for a regional news organization is the nonprofit model, similar to NPR. In fact, the best hope for the Boston Globe would be to team up with WBUR and maybe Boston University or one of the other universities and to move entirely online, supported by contributors’ tax-deductible donations. People in the region who value an independent local news source would contribute.

  4. the globes workers have worked so hard. being a wife of a globe working i am frustrated that they want more cut backs after we already gave it. my husband works nights, weekends, holidays, is not allowed to take off new years eve or he will be punished. the workers sacrifice so much to keep the paper running and the familys miss so many special events for the globe workers to devote themselves to running the paper. i would hope the New york times would stop taking back money from the workers and make some better decisions to save money like maybe stop putting the new york times on the internet for free. they are practically giving away the paper. There are many pontential buyers now like john henry. If you cant keep a huge part of boston going then please be responsible enough to sell the globe so the workers have feel apreciated again and can go on living and not losing their homes and let boston enjoy a very important paper they have had for many years.

  5. As a Harvard Law School student in the mid-1980s, I avidly read the then-independent Boston Globe, and since returning to the Los Angeles area, I have occasionally read hard copies and the on-line version. It is a loss to any community to lose a major metropolitan daily (see Colorado’s “Rocky Mountain News” for a recent example), and the apocalyptically-imminent demise of the paper (unless agreement is reached on $20 million in concessions) would be catastrophic (obvious for the employees but even for the broader public) I favor saving the paper and sincerely hope that an accord can be hammered out for the individual enlightened self-interest of the bargainers, however, longer-term reform must be considered: including a departure from being yet another journalistic arm of the most leftist sector of the Democratic Party and inviting much more intellectual, ideological, and cultural diversity to the coverage of stories and opinions expressed. Why alienate potential subscribers? Also, there should be some degree of outreach to the Boston Diaspara, generously defined as natives and alumni of local schools, who have migrated or returned to their domiciles.This is the bicentennial year of Charles Darwin’s birth–Globe: adapt or die.

  6. Greetings,

    I’m a producer for a radio show, looking to find people who both support and do not support the Globe. Please contact me chelseamerz@gmail.com if you are interested in being on a public radio show.

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