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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:

Joint Letter to Boston Globe Executives

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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Workforce unrest spreads at Boston Globe

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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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.