Chicago Tribune to Boston Globe: Thanks, and the pizza is on us.

It’s tough to be a newspaper these days. Declining circulation, declining ad revenue, bankruptcies, online competition, disturbing suitors.

In the middle of a huge, massive, constantly changing news story, the Boston Globe was a beacon in the journalistic night. When CNN and The New York Post (is that even really a newspaper?) were screwing up more than they were getting right, The Boston Globe kept plugging away.

Their reporters covered the biggest news story of the year with grace under pressure and scant hours of sleep. They reminded us why newspapers are still the best place to get reliable and objective news.

Today, the Chicago Tribune sent The Boston Globe pizzas for lunch. The accompanying note read,

To the Boston Globe newsroom:

We can only imagine what an exhausting and heartbreaking week it’s been for you and your city. But do know your newsroom colleagues here in Chicago and across the country stand in awe of your tenacious coverage. You make us all proud to be journalists.

We can’t buy you lost sleep, so at least let us pick up lunch.

Your friends at the Chicago Tribune

What a lovely thank you to the men and women at the Boston Globe. They didn’t go above and beyond- they did their job. The extensive reporting, the in-depth coverage, the thought-provoking editorials and thoughtful columns- that’s what journalists do.

Every day.

Thank you to all at the Boston Globe for doing a damn fine job and thanks to the Chicago Tribune for making all of us Chicagoans proud.

Well done to all.


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  • Uno Chicago Grill is owned by Boston interests, so they can get the real thing delivered to them.

    And you are apparently correct that CNN blew this story. And, on Friday, most of the TV news sources were engaged in unfounded speculation.

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    In reply to jack:

    According to Poynter, "Boston Globe Magazine writer Scott Helman confirms to Poynter the lunch in question is pizza from Regina Pizzeria."

    The Regina Pizzeria website says, "Since 1926, Regina Pizzeria has been greeting guests in the North End of Boston with a hearty "Welcome to Boston's Original Pizzeria!" For over three generations, Regina's delicious brick oven pizza has been inspired by the love of good food and the special pride of the Polcari Family."

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