The Boston Globe is in crisis.

Boston Globe executives pay a controversial law firm to push workplace policies which have motivated leading journalists and other newsroom employees to quit The Globe and go elsewhere, draining the newsroom of some of its most talented and seasoned frontline contributors.

Boston Newspaper Guild members speak out:

Newsroom churn hurts journalists. It hurts readers, too.

In any field, turnover hurts. Training new staff takes time and money, and valuable institutional memory is lost when longtime employees leave. In journalism, turnover means losing staff who have built up years of contacts and relationships. The loss of that familiarity reduces the quality of the news produced — which reduces trust among readers.

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The Importance of Just Cause

“Just Cause” means an employee can’t be disciplined, suspended, or fired “just be-cause.” It means due process at work – the same way that in a court of law people are entitled to a fair and spelled out procedure. At work, under “just cause,” members are entitled to the same. In a field where telling uncomfortable truths is foundational, the threat of being fired for any reason based on the company’s sole editorial judgment is a muzzle on investigative and in-depth reporting.

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Two Years, No Contract: Inside The Boston Globe

Some five months after Vinay Mehra exited as president of Boston Globe Media Partners, managing director Linda Pizzuti Henry got a title enhancement: she was named chief executive of the company, which comprises The Boston Globe, Stat News and Boston.com.

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Behind Closed Doors

Behind closed doors, subscriber money is being squandered on attacks against the journalists who bring you the news each day, as many of us put our own safety on the line to do so.

What We're Fighting For

Speaking truth to power is key in today’s journalism. Courageous journalists at The Globe help keep readers informed of today’s critical stories. If reporters can’t write an honest account without fear of repercussions, the quality of the paper will go down.

Readers benefit when reporters and newsroom staff can take risks to report cutting-edge or controversial stories. Having a transparent and fair disciplinary process is one of the only ways that reporters can write a controversial piece without fear of being fired.

Newsroom consistency means readers can expect reliable coverage of issues despite changing state and municipal administrations, shifting public perceptions and evolving information. Fair wages and benefits are essential to retain experienced journalists for the type of dependable journalism Boston Globe readers rightfully expect.

Boston Globe readers rightfully expect the highest standards from the paper that brings them excellent regional and national daily coverage, and investigative stories in the Spotlight series covering in-depth reporting on secret courts, the coverup of abuse scandals in the Catholic church, racism in Boston and more.

The right to a safe and healthy workplace is essential, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Reporters and newsroom staff deserve adequate protective supplies, clean workspaces and remote work when possible.

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