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BREAKING: Boston Globe Pulls the Plug on “Crux”

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 03/11/16


The Boston Globe has ended its brief foray as a publisher of the stand-alone Catholic news site Crux.

In a letter to newsroom staff, Globe Editor Brian McGrory said the company made the “deeply difficult decision” to shutter the online news site April 1, a move that will include an unspecified number of layoffs. McGrory’s memo also confirmed that another stand-alone news operation, the technology-focused BetaBoston, will be rolled behind the Boston Globe’s online paywall and absorbed into its news operation.

Shortly after this was announced, John Allen tweeted: “Crux is not ending! We’re going to continue in some form, just not sponsored by the Globe.”

Stay tuned.


The Globe will bring Crux editor Teresa Hanafin back to the paper, where she is expected to take “an exciting new position as an early morning writer for” Several other staffers will be laid off, which McGrory and Skok said was their “biggest regret.”

“To the good, we plan to turn the site over to [Crux associate editor] John Allen, who is exploring the possibility of continuing it in some modified form, absent any contribution from the Globe,” McGrory and Skok wrote. While some reports circulated on social media saying that Crux would shut down entirely without the Globe’s support, Allen says the site will remain up and running once the Globe drops out. Allen and Inés San Martín, Crux’s Vatican correspondent, will remain at Crux to steer it forward. “We are committed to doing our damnedest to keep Crux going in some form,” he said. “On April 1 there will still be fresh content on Crux. It will still be an operation.” The Globe has given Allen the rights to the site, the logo, the brand, “the whole thing,” Allen said, and he will pursue a mix of revenues to fund the site once it becomes independent. “I think most successful niche sites rely on mix of ad sales and sponsorships and donors, and that is what we are pursuing,” he said.
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