Although I have not done many of the weekly blog posts, I must keep up with The Boston Globe as a journalist. Formerly, I had a negative perception of The Globe and unfortunately, this did nothing to sway my opinion. This is not to saw that the newspaper and organization in general is not amazing; they have truly taken part in some of the most amazing feats in journalism. But as a reader, ignoring the content that is undoubtedly some of the best in the world, the cluttered interface not only discouraged me from selecting a story each week, but caused be to view the newspaper as one that was on its last legs, as if it would perish due to its own inability to modernize its own website to make it easier to navigate by paying readers at least. Truly, if The Globe revitalized their internet presence, and finally stopped formatting their page like an actual newspaper (it was cute at first but is just now played out and impractical for streamlined usage), more people my age would be eager to read it. There is a reason that The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as online-only news sources such as Buzzfeed, Politico, FiveThirtyEight, etc., have hit it off with millennial: their interfaces are not only organized with in an extremely user-friendly way, but they are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The Boston Globe should follow suit and finally join their other counterparts so they could become part of the “new wave” of internet journalism.
One article I read that I wanted to highlight was the one I critiqued last week about the mentally ill man who went missing. While I did have my problems with the piece, such as the overall lack of information originally available, it piqued my interest enough that I have kept my eye out for any follow-up stories, in The Boston Globe or other newspapers. I have yet to see any of the sort, but it is worth praising The Globe for sustaining my interests, because while journalism should be more about the information than about clicks, if I read things I like in a newspaper or on a website, I am more likely to go back.
The critiques are obviously highly biased and generally coincide with my own personal style of journalism and, thus, they be taken with a grain of salt. The Boston Globe and its staff have been fighting the good fight for years and I hope they continue keeping up all the incredible work.