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Boston.com: Boston Globe purchase official

Businessman John Henry has completed his purchase of The Boston Globe, according to a Boston.com story posted Thursday.

Henry’s purchase includes the Globe, Boston.com, BostonGlobe.com, Worcester Telegram & Gazette and the Telegram’s website.

The sale had been delayed by a labor dispute, but a Worcester Superior Court judge cleared the way for the deal to go through, according to Boston.com.

Henry is owner of several sports organizations, including the Red Sox and New England Sports Network. The acquisition ends the 20-year ownership of The Boston Globe by The New York Times Co.

Related: Suit holding up sale of The Boston Globe started with a broken windowLabor dispute holds up Boston Globe sale | 7 things to know about The Boston Globe’s sale to John Henry Read more

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Software seeks to measure women’s participation in journalism

Measuring women’s participation in journalism once meant sitting down with a stack of newspapers and counting bylines by hand. That’s no longer the case, thanks to computer programs that use big data to examine gender biases in sourcing, story placement and even retweets.

The results so far are grim, with women remaining chronically underrepresented in many aspects of news. But the creators of the new tools hope the information they collect will help journalists assess their habits, and perhaps change them.

Each piece of software works a bit differently, but the basic concepts are similar: Computers comb through online articles and compare the names of authors and sources with databases that determine if those names are likely male or female. The results aren’t perfect, but they can reveal broad patterns.

“They might not be as accurate as thousands of people looking over articles by hand over a period of five years, but they can give you a rough check before you hit that publish button,” said Nathan Matias, a graduate student at MIT’s Media Lab and Center for Civic Media. Read more

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7 things to know about The Boston Globe’s sale to John Henry

The Boston Globe’s sale to billionaire Red Sox owner John Henry wasn’t too surprising (though its announcement in the wee hours of Saturday was). As weekend turns to week, the move still seems to make a lot of sense. Here are seven thoughts on why and what may be next for the Globe.

1.) It’s a sweet deal for Henry. The Globe’s real estate is close in value to the $70 million sales price he paid. And the New York Times Co. will retain the pension liabilities of the paper, CFO James Follo said in an earnings conference call Thursday.

So if the Globe were to fail as an ongoing business venture, the real estate is a great cushion to fall back on. The property is large and strategically located near an expanding college campus. Relocating, as many metro papers including Philadelphia’s have done, could be a sound cost-cutting move in the near-term. Read more

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Red Sox owner will buy Boston Globe for $70m

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Red Sox owner John Henry will buy the Boston Globe from the New York Times Co. for $70 million cash, the Globe’s Beth Healey reports.

Henry’s purchase also includes the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Globe’s printing business, its websites and an interest in the commuter paper Metro Boston.

His offer beat reportedly beat bids by U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester; Robert Loring of Revolution Capital, which owns the Tampa Tribune; and a group led by Ben and Steve Taylor, whose family once owned the Globe. Henry had previously been involved in a bid involving the New England Sports Network but launched a solo bid after that ended. Read more

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Boston Globe did a good job using Twitter after Marathon bombings, Twitter says

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Twitter “became a crucial part of the journalist’s toolkit” after the Boston Marathon bombings, Twitter Data Editor Simon Rogers writes. The Boston Globe used the microblogging service particularly well:

In the midst of a deluge of information over that week, the Globe remained a credible channel of news, sifting through reports to highlight verified and important information. The Globe used Twitter as a news distribution channel tweeting a lot — and retained and enhanced its credibility.

Mentions of the Globe’s content jumped in the days following the blasts:

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Chicago Blackhawks ad in Boston Globe salutes city’s ‘gracious spirit’

We’ve reported on the Chicago Tribune sending the Boston Globe pizzas after the Boston Marathon bombings and taking back part of its tribute to the city’s sports teams during the Stanley Cup finals. So it seems appropriate to note the ad that the Chicago Blackhawks, who won the Cup, placed on page A9 of Friday’s Globe.

Called “An open letter to the Boston Bruins organization & the city of Boston,” the ad says “we were deeply touched by what happened off the ice.”

“Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston’s strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city’s big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow.”

Photo of the ad after the jump (click to view bigger). Read more

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Boston Globe bids are due today

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Bids for the Boston Globe are due Thursday, and Bloomberg’s Edmund Lee reports they’re likely to come in at around $100 million — a significant haircut given the $1.1 billion the New York Times Company paid for the Globe in 1993.

That’s about $200 million less than Aaron Kushner offered in 2011, Lee reports, and $400 million less than Jack Welch offered in 2006. Read more

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Senators urge State Department to ramp up efforts to find Tice, Foley

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Senators in New Hampshire and Texas are urging the State Department to increase its efforts to find missing journalists James Foley and Austin Tice.

‘‘As the months continue with no further information regarding Mr. Tice’s or Mr. Foley’s whereabouts or welfare, we ask for your continued personal attention to these cases,” New Hampshire senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Texas senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz wrote in a letter Thursday.

They also asked Secretary of State John Kerry to raise awareness about U.S. citizens being held in Syria and to address it during peace talks in Geneva, the Associated Press reports.

Foley, a freelance journalist for Agence France-Presse and GlobalPost who’s from New Hampshire, has been missing in Syria since November. Tice, a McClatchy and Washington Post freelancer from Texas, has been missing in Syria since last August. Tice’s family recently returned to Beirut to, as they put it, “reach more deeply into the region on behalf of our son.” Read more

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Boston Globe to print entire press run of Boston Herald

Beginning July 1, The Boston Globe will begin printing the entire press run of the Boston Herald. The two papers announced the 10-year agreement Wednesday afternoon.

The Globe had already been printing and delivering about one-third of the Herald’s print circulation — an agreement the two papers had reached last year.

“This agreement represents an important component for the future of our business,”  Richard E. Masotta, Globe vice president of operations said in a press release that the agreement “represents an important component for the future of our business” and addresses “the structural challenges of our industry.”

Boston Herald Publisher Patrick Purcell is quoted in the same release as saying:

“The newspaper industry, as well as other traditional media companies, has undergone a radical transformation in recent years. In the face of that change, it has never been more important for newspapers to implement ways in which they can be more efficient.  Read more

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