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14 responses to “How to Really Save The Boston Globe”

  1. OEM Interface

    IMO the whole shift to online newspapers has made it very difficult for alot of companies

  2. David Maxwell

    Yes I read in Boston Newspaper Guild president Daniel Totten said: “We’re disappointed. The future of The Boston Globe and its mission of journalism and free speech is a matter of vital public interest. The Guild had hoped that these negotiations could be conducted in as transparent a way as possible.”

  3. Duta Business School

    Haturku thanks for the great post..

  4. schlaf

    here’s what i would propose: let the paper go bankrupt, restructure the union agreements, shut down or dramatically scale back the print version, focus on great hyper-local and regional content, and distribute / syndicate via the web. it’s a painful solution but one that would work in my humble opinion.

  5. Adam Pieniazek

    @OEM, Yes, but the shift to online media should have made it easier for newspapers. It provides them an easy to use, relatively low cast fast distribution method. They can update stories on the fly and deliver breaking news ASAP. Instead, they didn’t realize they need to embrace web culture and instead tried to develop their own culture.

    @David I agree with Daniel, we can never have enough quality investigative journalism, which is why I read and near daily. It’s a shame that the internet and union workers are being blamed, indirectly, for the financial problems of the Globe.

  6. Adam Pieniazek

    Great points schlaf. The only point I disagree with is letting the paper go bankrupt. I’d rather see it bought out by a local owner(s) before it got to that point simply to avoid the massive job loss that a bankruptcy will entail. Yes, jobs will likely be lost no matter what but a bankruptcy might be the end of the paper for good.

    Hopefully, they utilize mine and your tips and scale back the paper version and embrace the web and other digital distribution methods (kindle or e-paper). Innovation and moving forward is crucial to the Globe and all newspapers right now. They’re operating on old business models in a new world.

  7. Justin G. Roy


    This is a great article and tips. Though, I wonder, how could the paper recruit new talent to replace those on top? It’s a difficult sell after the PR the paper industry has received.

    In regards to pay structure (and I think the same should go for most organizations): Perhaps compensation along the lines of sales people? Offer a draw program with commissions and bonuses based on profitability? Could this attract some innovative and entrepreneurial individuals who are motivated and not afraid of risks?

    Just some thoughts

  8. Adam Pieniazek

    Well Justin, I think you answered your own question. There are tons of entrepreneurs who would jump at the chance to fix the Globe and the newspaper industry in general. That is exactly how they could recruit fresh talent, by incentivizing the position and rewarding quality performance.

    I also agree with you that many organizations should base their pay structure on performance, not on tenure-ship or rank. There are far too many people who are underpaid but over-perform. These people eventually become demotivated to continue performing at a high level and we all lose because of it. In a truly capitalist system, performance would be the sole basis for payment.

    We should not base all pay completely on performance in all organizations. There are many jobs where a presence is just as important as performance. For instance, police officers shouldn’t be paid based on how many arrests they make, but rather should be paid to patrol areas and perform their duties well. One could argue that how well they patrol their areas and their arrest accuracy rate could be an indicator of performance but it’s a bit of a slippery slope, especially as officers would then be discouraged from patrolling high crime areas.

    But, for the example of the newspaper industry, good investigative journalism and introducing a good profitable distribution method for that journalism should be rewarded and if it was many entrepreneurs would jump at the chance to take over.

  9. Paul Karposhevich

    No print edition on Tuesdays and Thursdays – It is kind of sad. I usually have some time before work on Thursday to read a newspaper. Well… It looks like I need to find something else to read, a book maybe.

  10. Amit

    Can we really save this newspaper

  11. HeadlineDan

    A paper goes well with coffee and cigarette in the morning. Since I quit smoking, I found myself drinking very little coffee, not reading the paper anymore in the mornings, for a little more time in bed.
    This leaves me to the epapers at work. So I have to agree with you that they should focus more on the epaper and drop the Tuesday and Thursday editions. Not that many people read them anyway.

  12. Miami web developers

    Embracing the internet might be a good idea. The thing is if they knew how they would’ve already done that. And cashing in from the internet is pretty difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing.

  13. Matt

    So you want the Globe to start doing hard-hitting investigative news, but you’re not willing to pay for it? You’ll pay for sports though…

    That’s exactly the reason that newspapers are struggling. Because despite what people like yourself may say, no one gives a crap about actual news. There’s a reason that stuff isn’t in the paper anymore. It’s because no one reads it. When surfing the web and given the choice between a story on LOL cats, or an investigative piece on shady land deals, most people are going to choose the LOL cats.

    And that’s not what newspapers are for.

    You say you haven’t bought a newspaper in five years, but there’s no way you’re reading local news coverage online. I can guarantee you have no idea about how your local government works and where your local tax dollars go. Which is why you write about music and pop culture mostly.

    And guess what, news does break on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Local news. Stuff that impacts you way more than the bloviating political sideshow of national politics. Until bloggers start sitting in on city council meetings, digging through city contracts, harassing sources and local officials and risking million dollar libel lawsuits for their efforts, newspapers are the only places you can read this stuff.

    The Globe needs to stop giving away it’s content for free. And people need to show some civic pride and get interested in what goes on around them. That’s what will save newspapers.

  14. Adam Pieniazek


    Right now, the Globe is having an identity crisis. They want to be seen as a source for real news but then continue to print stories about celebrity gossip and lol cat stories that will drive web traffic but discredit their journalistic identity.

    You’re absolutely right that lol cats are not what newspapers are for. Yet, if you read through the Globe there’s tons of silly stories that are not real, actual news.

    You say we should have civic pride and get interested in what’s going on around us. Well, I think the City of Boston has tons of pride and the citizens are interested in real news but we get confused when we go to what is arguably the most respected newspaper in town and get dowsed with stories about Tom Brady and Giselle or John Henry and his young wife or rumors about vampires at the Latin school and so on.

    The Globe should pick one side, either deliver real actual news or deliver celebrity gossip. Doing both doesn’t work and makes both sides weaker.

    I actually wouldn’t be willing to pay for sports. But, I’m betting a good amount of Bostonians would pay for sports.

    There’s also a plethora of resources online for local news coverage. Check out, which aggregates content from a variety of sources. That and many of the local neighborhood papers are online now.

    Not saying that news does not break on Tuesdays and Thursdays. What I am saying is that in the 24/7 news cycle brought on by TV and the internet, the newspapers are usually not the first source for breaking news. By the time the print edition rolls around that bit of breaking news has already been broadcast on TV and published on the internet. Trying to keep up with the 24/7 news cycle in print format is a losing battle.

    I think bloggers are slowly embracing more of a journalist role, but the transition will be slow. For one, a single blogger simply doesn’t have the resources of a major newspaper. There are bloggers who cover city council meetings and try to provide investigative journalism but major newspapers are better prepared to do so right now.

    Also, you contradict yourself. You say that actual news isn’t in the papers anymore because it doesn’t appeal to the masses but conclude that the major papers are the only places to get actual local news…which is it Matt?

    I applaud you for placing part of the blame on the Globe for giving away its content for free, but blaming citizens for not wanting to read a publication isn’t the answer. As seen by the uprising of support for the Globe, there is a public demand for real news.