Red all over

By ADAM REILLY  |  February 26, 2009

Whatever happens, it's already clear that the employees who remain in the Globe's downsized newsroom will be producing a paper of diminished ambitions and scope. The Globe's weekly, stand-alone Health/Science section was recently eliminated. The Boston Business Journal recently reported that the paper's City Weekly and Northwest sections, published every Sunday, may be axed. And several Globe insiders tell the Phoenix that Sunday's Ideas section — which lends the paper extra intellectual heft and also houses the work of Pulitzer-winning book reviewer Gail Caldwell and is edited by Pulitzer-winner Gareth Cook — might also be headed for extinction.

With both the physical paper and the newsroom staff dwindling, it seems foolhardy to expect the Globe to do as much as it used to. This bodes poorly for the denizens of Morrissey Boulevard. And given the Globe's long-standing status as a vital local institution, it's also bad news for Boston.

To read the "Don't Quote Me" blog, go to thePhoenix.com/medialog. Adam Reilly can be reached atareilly@phx.com.

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