Introduction to Boston News Media.
Boston is the capital city of the US state of Massachusetts. In 2019, the United States Census Bureau estimated the population of Boston, which is spread over 48.4 square miles, at 692,600.
Media in Boston
Newspapers are the primary source of news in Boston. The Boston Globe is the most popular as well as the oldest surviving daily in Boston. The Boston Herald, Dig Boston, Boston Magazine and the Metro’s Boston edition are among other widely read newspapers in the city.
History of Boston Newspapers
The first newspaper- Publick Occurrences
Contrary to popular opinion, The Boston News-Letter published in 1702 is not the first newspaper in Boston. Instead, Publick Occurrences was the first paper to be published in Boston.
Publick Occurrences was published by Benjamin Harris in the press run by Richard Pierce as a monthly newspaper. Unlike most of the earlier day publications, Publick Occurrences was quick to gain popularity. But Benjamin Harris had to withdraw the paper from circulation after encountering trouble with the authorities.
The second Newspaper in Boston
The Boston News-Letter established in 1704 was the second newspaper to be established in Boston. John Campbell set up the publication in 1704 and it remained in circulation until 1776 becoming the first continuously published newspaper in the colony of Massachusetts.
Community Papers in Boston
To serve the African-American community in Boston, The Bay State Banner has been operating since 1965. The Latino population is on a rise in the city and so are the Spanish language newspapers. El Planeta, which is owned by The Boston Phoenix, is the leading Spanish language daily in Boston, followed by papers like La Semana, El Mundo and Lawrence-based Siglo21.
Boston Globe is a daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts owned by Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC. Established in 1872 it is the oldest newspaper in Boston and is noted as “one of the nation’s most prestigious papers. Over the years the paper has won 26 Pulitzer prices and is a prominent newspaper in the state.
The paper was established in 1872 by a group of businessmen from Boston. It was launched as a morning daily and was published from Monday to Saturdays. The paper was quick to gain popularity and by 1873 Boston Globe had launched a weekly newspaper named The Boston Weekly Globe. It was later merged with the paper’s Sunday edition.
What do they Publish?
- A daily printed edition of the newspaper with a daily circulation of 92,820 copies & a Sunday circulation of 185,850 copies (As of 2019).
- An online news website with dedicated sections for metro, sports, business, tech, opinion, headlines, trending news & more.
- An e-edition of the paper, the access to which is restricted to paid subscribers.
Other than these, the paper also has an active presence on Facebook & Twitter. These social media handles are regularly updated with the latest news & information.
Boston.com is a prominent news website in Boston, Massachusetts. The website covers all facets of news & updates from Boston and has dedicated sections for news, weather, sports, food, culture, travel, and more. Other than these the website also has an active presence on Facebook & Twitter. These social media handles are regularly updated with the latest news & information.
Boston Herald is a daily newspaper owned by Digital First Media and based out of Boston, Massachusetts. The paper was established in 1846 and is one of the oldest newspapers in the country that has won a lot of awards over the years.
As said, the paper was established in 1846 by a group of Boston printers jointly under the name of John A. French & Company. It was a weekly publication and was quick to gain popularity within a few years after launch. By 1847 Boston Herald absorbed the Boston American Eagle and the Boston Daily Times.
Over the years the paper has undergone a series of mergers and acquisitions until it was acquired by Digital First Media in 2018.
What do they publish?
- A daily printed edition of the newspaper with a circulation of 25,000 copies on weekdays, 73,913 copies on Saturdays, and 45,833 copies on Sundays.
- An online news website with dedicated sections for news, opinion, sports, politics, entertainment, lifestyle, headlines, and more.
- An e-edition of the paper that can only be accessed by paid subscribers from the website.
The paper also has an active presence on Facebook & Twitter with these handles regularly updated with the latest news & updates.
Christian Science Monitor (CSM)
Christian Science Monitor is a non-profit weekly news publication owned by the Christian Science Publishing Society. The paper was established in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, and is not affiliated to the church in any way neither do they promote the doctrine of its patron church.
The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger is a daily newspaper in Massachusetts owned by Gannet. The paper was established in 1837 as the Quincy Patriot and was later renamed to The Patriot Ledger as seen today. Other than the daily printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website and also has an active presence on Social Media.
As the name suggests, Armenian Weekly is a weekly newspaper in Massachusetts catering to the Armenian-American community. The paper was established in 1969 as the Hairenik Weekly and was later converted to Armenian Weekly as seen today. Other than the weekly printed edition, they also publish an online news website that is frequently updated with the latest news & information.
The Dorchester Reporter is a weekly community newspaper that is published on Thursdays. Established in 1983 the paper is currently the leading source for news, commentary and events for Dorchester, Boston’s most populous neighbourhood. Other than the weekly printed edition, they also publish an online news website that is frequently updated with the latest news & information.
Boston Business Journal
Boston Business Journal is a weekly business newspaper published by the American City Business Journals. The paper was established in 1981 by Robert Bergenheim and has over the years grown to be a prominent business publication in the state. Other than the weekly printed edition, they also publish an online news website.
DigBoston is a free alternative weekly newspaper in Boston owned by the Dig Media Group. The paper was established in 1999 and it is primarily focussed on covering music, arts, politics, business, film, sex, food, drink and more, as well as providing local bar, entertainment and club listings. As of 2014, the paper had a weekly circulation of 39,000 copies.
The Pilot is a weekly newspaper in Boston owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. It is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston and was established in 1829. It is often cited as America’s Oldest Catholic Newspaper. Other than the weekly newspaper, they also publish an online news website.
Daily Free Press
Daily Free Press is an independent student newspaper published by the Students of Boston University. The paper was established in 1970 following the student protest on campus in the wake of the Kent State shootings. Other than the daily printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website.
Sampan is a Bi-lingual Chinese-English newspaper in Boston and is the only one in the New England region. The paper was established in 1972 by volunteers of the Asian American Civic Association. Today other than the printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website.
The Huntington News
The Huntington News is a Bi-Weekly newspaper published by the students of North Eastern University. The paper was established in 1926 and it is a prominent university publication in Boston. Other than the printed edition, the paper also publishes an online news website.
Bay State Banner
Bay State Banner is a daily newspaper in Boston that was established by Melvin B. Miller. The paper was established in 1965 by Melvin B. Miller and is primarily focused on reporting on Boston’s African American community. Other than the daily printed edition, Bay State Banner also publishes an online news website.
Banker and Tradesman
Banker and Tradesman are a real estate & financial services weekly in Boston.
The newspapers & news websites mentioned in this article are the top newspaper & news websites that are currently in circulation in Boston. Out of these, The Boston Herald is the largest newspaper in circulation.
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