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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.

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The Boston Media Scene

  1. 1. Local news A whirlwind tour of Boston’s media scene
  2. 2. Boston Globe • Founded in 1872, with Taylor family taking control shortly after
  3. 3. Boston Globe • Founded in 1872, with Taylor family taking control shortly after • Sold to New York Times Co. in 1993 for $1.1 billion
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Boston Herald • One of just two survivors of Boston’s long daily newspaper wars
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. WBUR Radio • Along with WBUR.org, may be Boston’s No. 2 source of news
  9. 9. WBUR Radio • Along with WBUR.org, may be Boston’s No. 2 source of news • Distribution and business model of public radio still works
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. WGBH-TV and Radio • Competing with WBUR in the public media space
  13. 13. WGBH-TV and Radio • Competing with WBUR in the public media space • Some news with an emphasis on local talk and commentary
  14. 14. New England Cable News • 24-hour regional television news
  15. 15. New England Cable News • 24-hour regional television news • In-depth stories have given way to breaking news and weather
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Commercial TV and radio • WBZ Radio broadcasts news during the day and talk at night
  18. 18. Commercial TV and radio • WBZ Radio broadcasts news during the day and talk at night • Four TV stations (plus NECN) compete for breaking news
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. The alternative press • The Boston Phoenix ceased publication in March 2013
  21. 21. The alternative press • The Boston Phoenix ceased publication in March 2013 • DigBoston, a lowerbudget competitor, is ramping up
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. Boston Magazine • Suburban-oriented lifestyle monthly
  24. 24. Boston Magazine • Suburban-oriented lifestyle monthly • Revolving door in the editor’s office
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. CommonWealth Magazine • Published by MassINC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank
  27. 27. CommonWealth Magazine • Published by MassINC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank • Quarterly journal for policy wonks
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. Other media outlets • Metro Boston is a free paper for subway riders
  30. 30. Other media outlets • Metro Boston is a free paper for subway riders • Weeklies cover a range of interests and neighborhoods
  31. 31. 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
  32. 32. Christian Science Monitor • Based in Boston, but not of Boston
  33. 33. Christian Science Monitor • Based in Boston, but not of Boston • Successful example of a mostly online news organization
  34. 34. Christian Science Monitor • Based in Boston, but not of Boston • Successful example of a mostly online news organization • Nonprofit model, church woes create challenges
  35. 35. Talk radio • Mostly conservative, appeals to a sense of powerlessness
  36. 36. Talk radio • Mostly conservative, appeals to a sense of powerlessness • Fierce competition has given way to budget cuts and shrinking ratings
  37. 37. 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
  38. 38. Local blogs • Universal Hub tracks hundreds of local blogs and social feeds
  39. 39. Local blogs • Universal Hub tracks hundreds of local blogs and social feeds • Blue Mass Group and Red Mass Group are political group blogs
  40. 40. 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?

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