Globe abandons Massachusetts, so we abandon boston.com


We abandoned the Globe in favor of the Herald as a source of news about the state. Today's so-called "Local" page at boston.com provided a good example of the site's chronic failure to post Massachusetts news:


----- NBA roundup: Knicks' 13-game streak ends
----- Jerry Remy insists he's OK after cancer relapse
----- Miguel Cabrera lead Detroit Tigers in ripping of Toronto Blue Jays
----- Orioles top Red Sox again
----- Ryan Dempster has been striking for Red Sox
----- Bruins lose to Islanders, 2-1


Those Globe "local news" stories were about nothing but commercial sports teams and figures. There was not a single story about the state's people, geography, businesses, governments or organizations. While the Herald's strong performances are all in the distant past, on the same day it displayed more than 30 "local news" articles, including stories about:


----- Runaway costs at MBTA and commuter rail
----- Ayanna Pressley considering potential mayoral bid
----- Quincy nurses: Halting layoffs at critical point
----- Runners rally for Marathon
----- Police investigate shooting in Worcester
----- $4,000 flute left on Boston subway returned


Not a strong performance, as usual, but at least a sample of Massachusetts news. Hobbled by a threadbare reporting staff, the Herald is displaying mostly wire-service and copy-cat stories. Still, it offers far more news about the state than the Globe: now nearly a total vacuum on Massachusetts news.


The Globe's paid site, bostonglobe.com, offers only a little more about Massachusetts than the open site. On the same day it featured a total of 12 "local news" stories, including:


----- Sullivan accepted pay raise, special pension
----- Patrick hopeful on transit funding
----- Ross joins field for mayor of Boston
----- Revere man faces charges in car break-in
----- Cat and woman reunited in Dorchester after fire
----- Kenyans dominate Boston Marathon


All those stories came from the Globe's own staff. The Herald has fewer reporters but provides a larger sample and a greater variety of news about the state by mixing in wire-service articles. At little extra expense, the Globe could easily do the same, but its rigid, lazy leaders sit frozen in time, apparently hoping prospective readers won't notice.