Trump Today, An Afternoon Update

“Trump Today”, they call it. “The Afternoon Update: A one-stop entry point for the latest news on the 45th president of the United States”, they wrote.

Can’t you just hear it? Like a newsboy in the streets, “Trump Today, Getcha Trump Today! Getcha one-stop-shop for the llllllatest news on the President! Ten cents here!”

And that’s just it. It would only be ten cents! On one hand, it sounds like cheap entertainment. “Trump Today!” Because of this, I am torn about The Boston Globe’s approach to covering Trump. Doesn’t it feel tabloidy?

But all of that criticism disappears when I think about  the challenges The Boston Globe is facing in national politics, particularly with reports having to do with President Trump.

Hour-by-hour reports are crucial right now. And the Globe must continue to apply constant pressure. At least in regards to Trump’s disregard for fact and distaste for the American news media, too much as it at stake. I can only imagine the conversations going on between editors and executives right now in the Boston Globe newsroom. “How do we do this? How do we report on this?” It must be agony.

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I whole-heartedly appreciate the level of transparency the Globe is showing in their Trump Today pieces. The contributors are extremely focused. They are including categories of ALL of Trump’s tweets and even an embedded YouTube video of Spicer’s most recent press briefing. They include the president’s daily schedule. They give summaries of the national policy changes of the day. Trump Today is truly a constantly updated page to find news on the president.

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It is soothing to know that reporters are out there chasing this content, and not letting up. When facing an administration that shows questionable regard for fact and transparency, over-reporting is opportune. Does it look tabloidy? Maybe. But who cares. The values are right. And if Trump Today doesn’t work for you right now, the Globe’s Mr. Finucane has 4+ years to figure out a better way. The point is, let’s applaud them for their incredible efforts!

Sending my thanks to The Boston Globe for these reports on our president and national politics!

Thanks for reading! And take care.

Cristina 

Counting your chickens before they hatch.

What a tiresome, exciting week for Boston-area reporters. The Boston Globe spent the week reporting on one of the most stunning comebacks in Superbowl history, the duckboat parade with over one million fans, today’s major snow storm, the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the new AG Jeff Sessions, Elizabeth Warren’s moment on the Senate floor (“the Senator will sit down now…”), and more.

The events of this week speak to the shear volume of news we have to prepare ourselves to 1. cover, and 2. consume. (Also speaks to the amount of coffee we need to drink in our lifetimes to get it all done, ha. )

Sometimes we slip up. The Boston Globe jumped the gun on Superbowl Sunday by publishing a horribly false front page headline, above the fold, big letters, bold, the whole shabbang. They called it “A BITTER END” with a photo of Tom Brady looking defeated on the ground.

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Their competing paper, The Herald, took the opportunity to call this fake news: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/howie_carr/2017/02/howie_carr_globe_prints_fake_news_in_super_bowl_blunder

Other news organizations took a friendlier approach and called it “Oops… a mistake”: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/oops-boston-globe-early-edition-makes-wrong-call-on-super-bowl/

It is actually really interesting to see that happen this year. The last major time a news organization made a call on such a high-profile story was in the 2016 Presidential Election, and we were all in disbelief at the outcome. Especially such extensive discussions within the journalism industry lately about reporting what we see and being careful about what we publish, you would think the Globe wouldn’t make this mistake.

But in their defense, journalists are people too and we all make mistakes! The Pats came back in 15 minutes with less than a 1% chance of doing so. There was really no reason for the editors at the Globe to believe the Patriots would come back. So, seeing that the Globe faced a high-pressure situation in regards to getting out that big news to their New England readership, they had to have printed ENOUGH papers in time. It does seem more than reasonable to start the printing based on the outcome that was more than probable.

All of that aside, we just know to never underestimate the Patriots. Thankfully, only a small number of readers actually received that “Bitter End” copy at their doorstep on Monday morning. Once the tide turned in Houston, the Globe made the switch. The paper then read “Win for the ages!” (Wahoo! go Pats!)

Today, the Globe staffers are, I am sure, snow barricaded in the newsroom ,writing frantically to serve their readers on the incoming snow storm.

A link to what they are publishing as we speak: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/02/09/with-this-fast-moving-storm-expect-mostly-light-snow/Hqizd5BRFsgz685uEZlYKK/story.html

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To everyone in Boston, stay warm! 15+ inches is on its way. Be safe! And enjoy the snow day.

Take care,

Cristina

 

 

 

 

News-track Blog 1: Boston Globe’s Mission

The most influential paper in Boston, and probably all of New England has a mission statement that you would expect. Honesty, integrity, solid news reporting. The Boston Globe has remained one of the most trusted news sources for Bostonians.

While (for some odd reason) the link to the Globe’s “About Us” page is broken, research on the paper reveals a pretty clear idea of their Mission Statement. The Boston Globe opened its doors in 1872. It has always been a daily paper catering primarily to the Boston community, with an eye also for national and international news. The paper was bought by the New York Times in the nineties, and in ’95 Boston.com became the Globe’s online edition. Now, Red Sox Owner John Henry owns the paper, and the Globe is very careful not to let sports reporting become swayed by that potential conflict of interest in ownership.

The Boston Globe is particularly well known for their Spotlight team, which is a nationally-renowned investigative team of print reporters. As of recent, the Hollywood hit film “Spotlight” featured the successful reporting of Spotlight reporters to uncover the sexual abuse by the Catholic Ministry in Boston onto young children.

The Globe is conventional in that they have a website, an app, mobile phone notifications for breaking content, and of course their daily hard-copy of a newspaper. All of these platforms feature the following sections: Metro, Sport, Business, Tech, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyle, Arts, Cars, Real Estate. While the staff is shrinking, the content is strong as ever. I am so excited to track this newspaper, both online and in print, throughout the semester.

For me, the Boston Globe is special. Before my parents traded their newspaper subscriptions for online access, the Globe had a special place in my home. The Globe was the paper of my youth! One of my oldest memories is sitting down at the kitchen table with my dad. He had cereal, always with added sugar. I had cereal too, always Rice Krispies. My dad would read the comics. Or he would read about the changes to downtown Boston, fearing how they might affect his work at the Haymarket. I specifically remember my dad checking the obituaries and finding out every now and again that somebody he knew had passed away.  The Globe was the paper that was on my front steps every morning for as long as I can remember. The Boston Globe has always, always had a place in my home.

Having been assigned the Globe is special. How could it not be? I am gaining on my final months at Boston University (ahhhh!), and this here seems like quite the full circle moment. Amidst a semester of nervously looking forward, an assignment like this is grounding. Looking at The Boston Globe, I am learning, growing, “news-tracking”… but in some senses, too, looking back.