Local news, local power?

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In the wake of last week’s post, had a fascinating talk with a long-time investigative reporter at the Globe.  I let him in on my extremely biased, lofty, conspiracy-theorist view that the NY Times’ purchase of the Globe in the 1990s was a transparent move to remove the Boston paper from the top tier.  Up to that point, the Globe was widely recognized for its financial, national and international reporting, uttered in the same breath as the Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and LA Times.  But soon after the sale, it trended towards more local coverage with more filler from newswires.

To me, this was an outrage.  To the Globe reporter, it was a blessing.  He told me how much more effective he and the editors can be when they stay focused on issues and stories that matter most to readers in the region, without the distraction of keeping tabs on correspondents reporting from pockets around the world.

I still believe that the Globe content has gotten lighter than one might hope.  But at the same time, I’m giving it a read with new eyes…

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