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The Boston Media Scene
 

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A whirlwind tour of Boston's newspapers, television and radio stations, blogs and other news organizations.

A whirlwind tour of Boston's newspapers, television and radio stations, blogs and other news organizations.

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    The Boston Media Scene The Boston Media Scene Presentation Transcript

    • Local news A whirlwind tour of Boston’s media scene
    • Boston Globe • Founded in 1872, with Taylor family taking control shortly after
    • Boston Globe • Founded in 1872, with Taylor family taking control shortly after • Sold to New York Times Co. in 1993 for $1.1 billion
    • Boston Globe • Founded in 1872, with Taylor family taking control shortly after • Sold to New York Times Co. in 1993 for $1.1 billion • Sold to Red Sox owner John Henry in 2013 for $70 million
    • Boston Herald • One of just two survivors of Boston’s long daily newspaper wars
    • Boston Herald • One of just two survivors of Boston’s long daily newspaper wars • Rupert Murdoch rescued the Herald when he bought it in 1982
    • Boston Herald • One of just two survivors of Boston’s long daily newspaper wars • Rupert Murdoch rescued the Herald when he bought it in 1982 • Owned by Murdoch lieutenant Pat Purcell since 1994
    • WBUR Radio • Along with WBUR.org, may be Boston’s No. 2 source of news
    • WBUR Radio • Along with WBUR.org, may be Boston’s No. 2 source of news • Distribution and business model of public radio still works
    • WBUR Radio • Along with WBUR.org, may be Boston’s No. 2 source of news • Distribution and business model of public radio still works • Nonprofit eliminates the need for ads and subscription revenue
    • WGBH-TV and Radio • Competing with WBUR in the public media space • Some news with an emphasis on local talk and commentary • Public broadcasting has thrived in the face of for-profit decline
    • WGBH-TV and Radio • Competing with WBUR in the public media space
    • WGBH-TV and Radio • Competing with WBUR in the public media space • Some news with an emphasis on local talk and commentary
    • New England Cable News • 24-hour regional television news
    • New England Cable News • 24-hour regional television news • In-depth stories have given way to breaking news and weather
    • New England Cable News • 24-hour regional television news • In-depth stories have given way to breaking news and weather • Two revenue streams provide NECN with a sturdy financial base
    • Commercial TV and radio • WBZ Radio broadcasts news during the day and talk at night
    • Commercial TV and radio • WBZ Radio broadcasts news during the day and talk at night • Four TV stations (plus NECN) compete for breaking news
    • Commercial TV and radio • WBZ Radio broadcasts news during the day and talk at night • Four TV stations (plus NECN) compete for breaking news • Little in-depth reporting as stations seek to boost ratings
    • The alternative press • The Boston Phoenix ceased publication in March 2013
    • The alternative press • The Boston Phoenix ceased publication in March 2013 • DigBoston, a lowerbudget competitor, is ramping up
    • The alternative press • The Boston Phoenix ceased publication in March 2013 • DigBoston, a lowerbudget competitor, is ramping up • BostInno appeals to a new generation of twentysomethings
    • Boston Magazine • Suburban-oriented lifestyle monthly
    • Boston Magazine • Suburban-oriented lifestyle monthly • Revolving door in the editor’s office
    • Boston Magazine • Suburban-oriented lifestyle monthly • Revolving door in the editor’s office • Picked up major talent from the Phoenix and is on the upswing
    • CommonWealth Magazine • Published by MassINC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank
    • CommonWealth Magazine • Published by MassINC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank • Quarterly journal for policy wonks
    • CommonWealth Magazine • Published by MassINC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank • Quarterly journal for policy wonks • Has made a major move into online in the past few years
    • Other media outlets • Metro Boston is a free paper for subway riders
    • Other media outlets • Metro Boston is a free paper for subway riders • Weeklies cover a range of interests and neighborhoods
    • Other media outlets • Metro Boston is a free paper for subway riders • Weeklies cover a range of interests and neighborhoods • Online radio may be the next form of media to take off
    • Christian Science Monitor • Based in Boston, but not of Boston
    • Christian Science Monitor • Based in Boston, but not of Boston • Successful example of a mostly online news organization
    • Christian Science Monitor • Based in Boston, but not of Boston • Successful example of a mostly online news organization • Nonprofit model, church woes create challenges
    • Talk radio • Mostly conservative, appeals to a sense of powerlessness
    • Talk radio • Mostly conservative, appeals to a sense of powerlessness • Fierce competition has given way to budget cuts and shrinking ratings
    • Talk radio • Mostly conservative, appeals to a sense of powerlessness • Fierce competition has given way to budget cuts and shrinking ratings • In Boston, the real action is competition between two sports stations
    • Local blogs • Universal Hub tracks hundreds of local blogs and social feeds
    • Local blogs • Universal Hub tracks hundreds of local blogs and social feeds • Blue Mass Group and Red Mass Group are political group blogs
    • Local blogs • Universal Hub tracks hundreds of local blogs and social feeds • Blue Mass Group and Red Mass Group are political group blogs • Who will start the next great local blog? Why not you?