News coverage differs. It’s that simple. The listeners, location and personalities of a given organization dramatically shape the way an organization covers the news. For many decades, people got the news from either television or newspapers. However, the media landscape has changed dramatically in the past years; young people almost always get their news online. Traditional print newspapers, such as the New York Times and The Boston Globe have been forced to adapt to the changing times; with differing results. When one chooses to get their news online, they have a ton of different options as there are a high number of conservative, liberal and neutral organizations for one to choose from. Most of these sites cover the the same material, but do so in different ways.
The Boston Globe covers the news in a mostly unbiased way. The usage of neutral language is a common theme throughout the paper; especially surprising in a liberal city like Boston. The national stories that are featured in the Globe cover the news in a way that relates to their readership. For instance, earlier this year, the paper ran a story by the name of ‘Unbowed.’ The article begins with Globe columnist Akilah Johnson discussing the issue of race in America; specifically the police shootings of unarmed black men. Johnson is able to successfully localize a national issue in the story, as she garners the perspectives of teens from the greater Boston area such as Dorchester and Mattapan; asking for their opinions of the racial issues in America and their level of apprehensiveness for the future. Many stories that are featured by the paper also contain a substantial amount of timeliness, and newsworthiness.
In the news landscape of today, the element of neutrality is of an unprecedented importance. In a time when actual news can be labeled as “fake,” it is easy for organizations with many opinion stories to be discredited. In order for organizations to survive this difficult time, they must put unbiased news that appeals to their readership base first and foremost; the Boston Globe is a fine example of this type of publication.