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  • 01.24.07

Oscars Go Global – Boston Globe Does Not

The irony is inescapable. The teaser headline at the top of today’s Boston Globe boldly declares: “Oscar Goes Global.” Unfortunately, the Globe is heading in the opposite direction. Buried several sections deep is a story symbolic of the state of US media: “Globe to close last three foreign bureaus.” This ends more than three decades of reporting from Globe journalists overseas.

The irony is inescapable. The teaser headline at the top of today’s Boston Globe boldly declares: “Oscar Goes Global.” Unfortunately, the Globe is heading in the opposite direction. Buried several sections deep is a story symbolic of the state of US media: “Globe to close last three foreign bureaus.” This ends more than three decades of reporting from Globe journalists overseas.

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Of course, both stories are about money. The Globe’s is cost-cutting – closing the bureaus in Berlin, Bogota, and Jerusalem is intended to avoid further staff cuts here at home. Oscar’s larger worldview is about market expansion – the nominations for Academy Awards this year contain what the Globe called “a glut of offerings with a global point of view.”

How unfortunate that as “American entertainers are increasingly looking past the nation’s borders,” the Boston Globe – running counter to its own name – has eliminated its global point of view. Swapping award-winning analysis and on-the-ground journalistic insight for Hollywood’s version of global events hardly seems like an even trade to me.

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/?p1=Header_TodaysPaper

Josef Blumenfeld • Boston, MA • jblumenfeld@tradewindstrategies.com www.tradewindstrategies.com

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