Impressions During a Visit to the Boston Globe

I’ve never visited the Boston Globe in my entire life. In fact, this visit would make it my second visit to a newspaper headquarter in the past week. Last week I interviewed Bill Burt at the Eagle-Tribune, so it interesting to see what newsrooms were like.

Anyways, as a class we toured the entire Globe facility. It was pretty neat to see the printing press area, and even neater to find out that the Globe not only prints their newspaper, but it prints out the Boston Herald and The New York Times as well.

After touring the printing area, we toured the newsroom and learned about some of the interactive media that the Globe is participating in.

My favorite feature they have in the newsroom involves Twitter. Throughout the newsroom, there are TV monitors set up on the walls and posts. On these TVs are tweets from Globe writers. Each tweet has some comical or interesting news related to their beat. Their tweet stays active on the screen until another writer tweets.

I like that feature, because it’s just interesting to see what’s on a Globe writer’s mind and what’s going with their beat. In fact, Bruins writer Kevin Paul Dupont had a funny tweet about the NHL labor strike, and the disagreement between the player’s association and the league.

Another feature at the Globe I found fascinating was a program they have called SNAP. The Globe has a $25,000 interactive display that shows every Instagram picture taken around Boston. The pictures are used as a source for stories. The pictures at the Globe are also shown on a map of Boston, so if a picture was taken at the Old North Church, than a picture will hover over the location of the church on the map. In a way, SNAP is like an interactive version of lifestyle and culture in Boston. You can bet if people visited a bar or tourist attraction and took a picture, then uploaded to Instagram that the Globe media lab will use it.

I like how people can put captions within their picture, which captures the essence of the photograph. For example, if someone goes to Halftime Pizza, takes a picture and writes a small caption saying how good the pizza is; the Globe technically gets a picture along with a small review.

SNAP is such a neat feature for the Globe.

Although confusing, the cascading of tweets was interesting. The Globe keeps track of all the tweets about its articles. Who is tweeting about what and what tweets are gaining a lot of interest are also focal points of cascading.

I found “open captioning” to be interesting. This is a feature where a media outlet can tap into the Globe’s network so that any speech that’s being presented on their channel will appear as text on the Globe’s “open captioning.” I was confused by this, but my impression of this feature is that if Fox News is having Mitt Romney on to speak, and are tapped into the Globe, the speech text will appear. I might be repeaing myself, but I’m trying to clarify what I was told this program is. It’s confusing, but a unique feature.

Finally, I got to see Adam 12 do his radio show for Boston.com radio (RadioBDC) and I was intrigued because I’d love to have my own sports radio show here in Boston. I love talking about sports and I’m pretty knowledgeable. If I had a dream job, this would be one of them.

I liked visiting the Globe. I’ve been reading it since I was able to read newspapers, so it was fun to see how things work. I definitely want to work here one day, that’s for sure. For now, I need to concentrate on the rest of this semester and next semester before I walk in that direction.

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The Celtics Through the Eyes of a Fan

The basketball season will soon commence and another quest for Banner #18 begins in November!

One of the main things that I hope to accomplish with this blog is to objectively inform Boston Celtics’ fans about the team.

There are plenty of blogs that give fans what they want to hear, meaning that they only point out certain aspects of a game or player. Now there’s nothing wrong with that, but I want to expand on that and talk about the pros and cons about an issue.

I won’t just blog about players or games as there’s a lot more going on about the Celtics. I’ll also post links to articles and write about an event or issue that involves a former player, trade rumors, and potential free agent signings.

Two sources that I’ll refer to frequently are Boston.com and the Boston Herald. These two websites are probably the most viewed news sources in the Boston area. They have legitimate writers with good knowledge of the team, and the websites frequently have good articles, especially during the season.

Another good site is CSNNE.com. This website has the closest ties to the Celtics than any other news outlet in the region and is strictly about sports. Comcast SportsNet (CSN) is the station that airs Celtics games, so it makes sense that they have a lot of information on the team. Plus they have A.Sherrod Blakely working as the Celtics’ Insider.

Outside of news and sports websites, there are a few other sites that are quite interesting and will help me form this blog. The main one is Basketball Reference and this site is a mecca for basketball statistics. Any and all possible stats that have been recorded since the NBA began can be found here.

I like humor and yardbarker.com has some good sports articles with a humorous twist to it, and fan forums, which provide a different perspective than the articles.

Many rumors about trades or free agent signings will come from hoopshype.com.

A lot of the information will also come from what I know, but many facts will be cited from these sources and many more that I find online.