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Boston Globe’s life sciences initiative finally has a name – ‘Stat’

The Boston Globe’s life sciences initiative led by former Politico executive editor Rick Berke now finally has a name. They want you to read the news urgently, hence – Stat.

The name, which evokes urgency, is a reference to the medical term stat. Stat is derived from a Latin word that means “immediately.”

The company acquired the domain www.statnews.com on Thursday. Berke later made it official with an announcement in a staff meeting Friday.

“We take you inside science labs and hospital wards, biotech boardrooms and political backrooms,” Stat’s mission statement reads. “Stat will examine controversies, introduce power brokers and puncture hype.”

Stat’s leadership ranks include Gideon Gil, managing editor of enterprise and partnerships and Jeff DelViscio, who is senior editor of multimedia and creative. Gil was the former health and science editor of The Globe and DelViscio was a Web producer on the science and environment desk of The New York Times. Read more

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The Boston Globe publishes typo of the day

The Boston Globe on Friday afternoon tweeted a typo that will propel you into the weekend on a cloud of, well…read it for yourself:

The Globe corrected the typo, but several readers still thought the error was a gas.

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The newsroom pizza chain continues, this time from Baltimore to Charleston

We can call this a tradition now, right? On Wednesday, the newsroom of The (Charleston, South Carolina) Post and Courier was treated to a pizza lunch from the newsroom of The Baltimore Sun. The Post and Courier’s executive editor tweeted his thanks.

And the Sun’s executive editor tweeted a “you’re welcome.”

In April, the Sun newsroom was treated to pizza from the Boston Globe.

“We’re looking on from here in deep admiration and empathy for what your newsroom is doing. Read more

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Inside the upcoming life sciences newsroom from Boston Globe Media

Shortly after Rick Berke resigned from his post as executive editor of Politico in September, he was contacted by Boston Globe Media, which made him a compelling offer: Did he want to build a newsroom from the ground up?

“How often do you have an opportunity to pursue important, high-end journalism as well as create a new publication, a new news organization, from nothing?” Berke asked. “I couldn’t not do it.”

He talked to Boston Globe Media for months before he finally accepted the opportunity, becoming executive editor for an as-yet unnamed news organization focused on the life sciences. Since then, he’s been busy honing the vision and hiring for a newsroom he projects will have “dozens” of staffers and a presence in both Boston and Washington, D.C. Read more

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A Boston Marathon bombing victim family’s plea on Boston Globe’s front page

For the second time in as many weeks, a major newspaper has placed a powerful and dominating essay on its front page. Boston Globe readers awoke to a front page plea from Bill and Denise Richard, the parents of an eight year old son who was killed and a seven year old daughter who was seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombing attack.  The front page letter asks federal prosecutors to “end the anguish” by dropping the death penalty and locking up Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the rest of his life.

(Front page photo courtesy the Newseum)

(Front page photo courtesy the Newseum)

The timing of the “End the Anguish” plea comes as the city’s emotions are once again, raw. This week marks the second anniversary of the bombing. Soon the federal jury considering the case will gather for another month or so to decide whether to hand Tsarnaev a death sentence. Read more

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Washington Post appoints Wesley Lowery to new law enforcement beat

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The Washington Post announced Friday the creation of a new beat focused on “the interactions between law enforcement officials and their communities,” a topic that will be covered by national politics reporter Wesley Lowery.

The announcement, which was made in conjunction with a series of job moves at The Post, comes months after Lowery was assigned to cover the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown. During his coverage of the story in August, Lowery was arrested along with The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly.

According to the announcement, Lowery’s new assignment is a result of “the reporting skill and digital relentlessness he displayed in covering Ferguson.” He will “delve deeply into the reasons behind the tensions that exist between minority communities and police” and work on an as-yet unannounced digital project with The Post’s local desk. Read more

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ESPN’s Vince Doria retires without ever posting a tweet

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Vince Doria

As ESPN’s director of news, Vince Doria has been at the forefront of the new media. Yet he never has posted a tweet.

He is on Twitter at @VinceDoria. However, Doria didn’t set up the account. His colleagues did it for him in the hopes that he might share some of his thoughts.

It didn’t happen. Under number of tweets for Doria, the number still says 0. Doria gets that it’s part of the job these days, but he simply is adhering to the age-old doctrine that journalists should remain objective.

“I just never felt it was good to do it in my current role,” Doria said. “No matter how you cut it, Twittter turns out to be a platform for opinion.”

And a platform full of potential landmines. Read more

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5 tips for getting people to go on the record

Michael Kranish, the Boston Globe's deputy Washington bureau chief, was able to get classmates of Jeb Bush to talk on the record about their recollections. (Screengrab from the BostonGlabe.com)

Michael Kranish, the Boston Globe’s deputy Washington bureau chief, was able to get classmates of Jeb Bush to talk on the record about their recollections. (Screengrab from the BostonGlabe.com)

With the presidential primaries just a year away, we’ve entered the stage of the permanent campaign that will include many foundational profiles of the potential candidates.

Among the perennial challenges of such stories: sources reluctant to go on the record with critical remarks or recollections about someone who might end up as leader of the free world.

The Boston Globe published a 4,100-word version of the genre in its Sunday edition: a profile of Jeb Bush’s high school years at Phillips Academy by Michael Kranish, the paper’s deputy Washington bureau chief.

It’s the sort of look back at the bad-boy-years often diminished by blind quotes that readers have no way of verifying (and that I’ve been guilty of relying on myself way back when). Read more

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4 cartoonists on how their Eric Garner images came together

In the hours after the grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner, news organizations responded quickly on social media with editorial cartoons.

Poynter got in touch with several of the cartoonists behind those images via email to see how they took shape:

Dan Wasserman, “I Can’t Breathe”

Credit: Dan Wasserman, The Boston Globe

Credit: Dan Wasserman, The Boston Globe

“I was finishing up a completely different cartoon on the hacking of Sony when the news of the non-indictment broke. I went back and watched the video of Garner being choked to death by the police, and the cartoon idea grew out of that horror.”

“…I think that, for certain galvanizing events, cartoonists seek out a simple, distilling image or phrase. Here you have a sense of great injustice together with the agonizing plea by Garner (“I can’t breathe.”) No big surprise that several cartoonists melded those elements in similar ways. Read more

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After much brainstorming, Globe calls its new business section “Business”

Last month, Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory put out a call to staff seeking a name for the paper’s forthcoming business section, which to his “chagrin” was called “Business”.

A few weeks and “a series of exhausting brainstorming sessions” later, the paper decided to go with the original name, Globe Business Editor Mark Pothier tells Poynter via email.

“There were suggestions like Currency, Work, Trade…all of which were too limiting, and I suspect would have grown tired quickly,” Pothier wrote. “There’s a reason why most papers have stayed with ‘Business.’”

The section, which débuted Thursday, represents the paper’s effort to keep pace with an “unprecedented surge in commercial and residential development” that has swept through Boston, Pothier writes. It was developed to feel like a magazine but remain “rooted in news,” with a number of standing features buttressed by digests of daily breaking coverage. Read more

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