As per the requirements of my Online Journalism class at Boston University, I have been assigned to track The Boston Globe throughout Spring Semester, 2017.
So here’s a few things you should know about The Globe:
- Founded in 1872, this daily newspaper was the brain child of six Boston businessmen, who jointly invested $150,000.
- Led by a merchant named Eben Dyer Jordan, and publisher Charles H. Taylor, its first issue was published on March 4, 1872 at the price of 4 cents. In 2017, it retails at a daily retail price of $2.00 per copy and Sunday retail is priced at $4.50 per copy.
BostonGlobe.com digital subscriptions start at $3.99 a week, billed every four weeks for a total of $15.96. This is a new-subscriber rate that’s valid for the introductory year. Thereafter, the regular rate is $6.93 per week, billed every four weeks for a total of $27.72.
- Privately held until 1973, The Globe then went public until 1993, when it was acquired by The New York Times Company. In 1995, Boston.com was launched to act as the newspaper’s online edition. In 2011, a namesake subscription site was launched.
Finally, in 2013, it was published by businessman John W. Henry, who is still the owner of the paper and site.
- Since 1966, The Globe has been awarded 26 Pulitzer Prizes- The highest number of them awarded for Distinguished Criticism (6). An article analyzing former and current articles under this category will soon be up.FOR THE PURPOSES OF MY CLASS, I WILL BE TRACKING THE ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION SITE.
- AUDIENCE: The Globe’s audience differs on the basis of Daily Audience, Sunday Audience, and Digital Audience.A) Daily:B) Sunday:
It is evident from the above statistics (courtesy of Boston Globe Media) that the largest percentage of male subscribers prefer the digital platform. The biggest chunk of female subscribers appear to prefer The Sunday Globe. A post analyzing possible reasons for the same is soon to follow.
- CONTENT: The Globe offers 9 categories of content, with multiple subcategories under each:
- Metro – The Metro section has the following 6 subcategories:
- Sports – The Sports section has the following 7 subcategories:
- Business & Tech– The Business & Tech section offers only 2 subcategories:
- Opinion – The Opinion Section offers the following 4 subcategories:
- Politics – The Politics Section of The Boston Globe has 3 subcategories, namely:
As of February, 2017, the Globe still has its 2016 election coverage available on the site:
- Election 2016
The Globe allows subscribers to search by Town, and by race. Individuals can type out their town, and can also click on the following options for electoral race:
- Election 2016
- Lifestyle– Under the lifestyle section, The Globe offers 7 subcategories:
- Arts– The Arts Section includes the following 7 categories:
- Cars – When clicked on, the page redirects to a sister site of The Globe, Boston.com, where one can find the following 5 subcategories:
- Real Estate – This tab too redirects to realestate.boston.com, which provides multiple search options.