Visuals at the Boston Globe

Every article that appears on the Boston Globe’s website is accompanied by a photograph but if you’re looking for a dedicated photo section, you may have to dig a little deeper than you might expect.

However, that does not mean that such section does not exist. On the Globe’s website you can find this section in tiny writing if you open up the menu on the site. It’s called “The Big Picture” and is completely dedicated to just pictures. Each post includes a gallery about a specific topic.

It is also important to note that the mobile version of the website is actually better suited to reading than the desktop version. On the desktop, the pictures take up the full screen and in many of the cases you cannot see the caption as well as the full photo. On the mobile version, the picture and caption are fitted to your screen so that you can see both at the same time.

One post called “Animal’s up-close” is just a collection of photos of animals from all across the world. The first photo on the page is of two rhinoceroses, a mother and its child. The picture is excellent and distinguishes the two by focusing on the child while blurring out the mother by using the camera’s depth of field features to blur out the fore ground.

This picture caught my eye immediately because of the photographer’s decision to blur out the mother. It shows that the focus of the story is the recently born child, which had not even been given a name. But visually, the photo is stunning because of how clearly the child comes out in the photo. Using depth of focus in this manner brings out the subject in a unique and beautiful way. The photographer establishes that the new-born rhino is the subject of the photo.


In this same post, there is a picture of a bird that could have been much better. In the background, the wings of the bird as well as the branches are blurred out, but unlike in the picture of the rhinos, the bird itself is also somewhat out of focus and detracts from the photo. From an otherwise vibrant gallery of animals, this picture stands out in the wrong way.


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McSorely Stands Tall as BU beats Dartmouth 10-4

Boston University’s lacrosse goalie rebounded on Tuesday night after allowing seven goals in the first quarter against Ohio State last weekend.

After allowing fifteen goals a week ago, BU lacrosse goalie Joe McSorely, a sophomore from Forest Hill, MD, played a tremendous game against Dartmouth. He made thirteen of a possible seventeen shots on target, allowing just four goals. The Terriers’ defensive play has also made his job easier.

A change in defensive style has benefited McSorely and the Terriers greatly. Since switching to a zone defense in the second period against Ohio State, the Terriers have outscored their opponents 18-9. At the same time, McSorely has quickly settled in behind the new look defense and has improved dramatically. While the defense has improved for the Terriers, their goaltending was the difference against Dartmouth.


In a sequence of play that saw tremendous pressure placed on the defense by Dartmouth, McSorely held strong and made two incredible saves halfway through the fourth quarter. His saves allowed the Terrier offense to take advantage of shaky transition defense by Dartmouth and add to their lead, making the game 9-2 at the time.

Towards the end of the game the Terriers’ defense began to loosen up and started giving Dartmouth more opportunities to score, leading to two more goals. However, McSorely faced an attacker one on one and was able to rob him of an easy goal with just minutes to play to maintain the six goal lead. With his play, the second year goaltender was able to prevent Dartmouth from ever having an opportunity to get back into the game.

McSorely will be looking to continue his strong run of play as the Terriers return to action on Saturday when they take on Navy at Nickerson Field.


All stats courtesy of Sidearm Stats

BU Unable to Complete the Comeback After Falling Behind Early Against OSU

After a shaky first quarter, Boston University’s Men’s lacrosse team could not make up the deficit as they lost to Ohio State University, 15-9.

Following the thrilling overtime victory against Providence, the Terriers came out flat against the Buckeyes and may have ended up costing themselves the game.

The team was lost throughout the entirety of a first quarter that resulted in the Terriers falling behind 7-0. The Buckeyes dominated possession and only allowed one faceoff win during the quarter. It wasn’t until there were three minutes left in the first that the Terriers were able to establish their first possession of the game. In addition to overall dominance, the Buckeyes’ goalie, Matthew Schmidt was saving every shot that came his way.

In the second, BU managed to stop the bleeding by allowing just three goals and scoring their first after Jack Wilson scored with the Terriers on the man advantage. With the team still in free fall, the decision was made to switch to a zone defense in an attempt to make a defensive stop and try to get some offense going, but soon after, Tre Leclaire scored his third goal.

It was not until after halftime that the Terriers started to show some life. Halfway through the third the Terriers were down 10-5 and making progress until the Buckeyes responded and scored again. In the third, attacker James Burr was able to tally three goals and the Terriers were down 13-6 heading into the fourth.

Sloppy play from the Terriers in the fourth cost them two quick goals and would only score twice more before the end of the game. The disastrous start from BU was the difference in the game because they were able to outscore OSU 9-8 in the following three quarters of play. However, the Buckeyes were able to capitalize on key mistakes by the Terriers and benefited from a tremendous game from Schmidt.

The Terriers will have plenty of time to regroup from a tough loss to the Buckeyes before they return home to play Dartmouth on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

From Hero to Zero: Did Benching Malcolm Butler cost the Patriots the Super Bowl?



Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler did not play a single snap in Super Bowl LII over the weekend and may have ended up costing the Patriots their entire season.

Without Butler, safeties Patrick Chung and Jordan Richards were forced into situations that they do not normally have to deal with. In several situations, Richards was left in the dust, including on a 55-yard pass to Eagles running back Corey Clement. On this play in particular, Richards was completely unable to cover Clement and fell down trying to cover him almost immediately after the ball was snapped.

Butler’s direct replacement, cornerback Eric Rowe, also struggled mightily at times, including allowing a 34-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey in the opening quarter.

Without Butler, the Patriots’ defense allowed 41 points and 538 total yards in an abysmal effort to stop Nick Foles and the Eagles’ offense. But, as Ben Volin of the Boston Globe points out, there were numerous other factors that led to the Patriots’ defeat.

While quarterback Tom Brady made history by recording 505 passing yards, the offense also had some notable miscues, including Brady’s dropped pass from wide receiver Danny Amendola. At times the play calling was shaky including calling three straight running plays when the offense had a first down at the Eagles’ 17-yard line. While the defense allowed historic numbers, there were situations where Tom Brady and the offense could not capitalize.

Belichick’s benching of Butler had a damaging impact on the Patriots’ ability to win Super Bowl LII but the team as a whole made key errors that led to their defeat at the hands of the Eagles on Sunday.

Photo: ABC News

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Does The Boston Globe Follow its Mission Statement?

The Boston Globe prides itself on the fact that it is about seeking the truth for the people of New England.

“The truth matters. At the end of the day, it may be the only thing that matters. Finding it is our job, and our pledge to anyone who takes the time to read or watch or listen to what we’ve found out.”

The Globe also claims that it provides more information on local news, entertainment and sports than any other paper in the region and has been rewarded for these efforts in the past.

In 2014, the Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings that happened in April of that year. The team covering the bombing and manhunt that resulted were given this honor because of their coverage of the entire situation as well as their ability to use photography and other digital methods to capture the impact of the attack.

The Globe claims to reach over 500 thousand people with its daily newspaper and nearly double that with its Sunday edition. Across these editions, the largest demographic appears to be homeowners with a household income over $100 thousand.

Despite the nearly 14 million people living in New England, the Globe still manages to reach a large amount of people across the region. As a result, the Globe is able to spread the news that is important to people in the area.

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Breaking Tradition: Should Mila Kunis Take a Stand for Gender Equality?

Feminists are pushing for Mila Kunis to stand up for gender rights by rejecting an award from a Harvard University all-male theater group, according to an article by Collin Binkley on

Gender equality is an issue that needs to be discussed in the current political climate and the Hasty Pudding club is a necessary topic in this discussion. Brinkley does an excellent job in this article by presenting the facts on all sides of the argument and gives context into the history of the organization and yearly protests by women to open it up to everyone.

While detailing how people are protesting the group, Binkley also mentions the fact that there are many that believe the group should remain closed to women. These arguments include upholding the tradition of a group that has been in existence since 1795.

He details that single gender clubs have faced scrutiny from the university and social groups are not allowed to have any leadership positions at the university. However, this ban does not apply to arts clubs, which the club is considered to be.

Binkley’s article is an excellent example of pure objective reporting by getting all sides of the argument.

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