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'Globe' Stops the Press for Kennedy Death

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Globe' Stops the Press for Kennedy Death

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The Boston Globe literally stopped the presses at about 1:30 a.m. to change the paper's front page and several inside pages to include the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy today.

When news broke at about 1:25 a.m. that the famed Massachusetts legislator had died, the Globe's first two editions had already been printed and shipped.

But after being awakened with the news, Editor Martin Baron ordered the third edition to be stopped and changed. After it ran, the fourth edition also was printed with the reformatted layout.

"The night crew woke me up and they did a fantastic job turning it around," Baron said this morning. "I stayed up for a few hours, but the night crew ran it from here."

The paper's layout was changed to include what Baron called a "short version" of Kennedy's obituary, which ran at about 3,100 words. He said the longer version would be in a special 12-page section set to run in Thursday's paper. He did not know the exact length of the longer version.

The editions of the Globe that included the Kennedy death led with the obituary across the top half of Page One, with the headline: "Kennedy dead at 77." The obituary also jumped to an entire inside page. …

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