Boston Globe To Launch New 'Capital' Section
The Boston Globe will launch tomorrow a new weekly section exploring the issues, debates and characters in Massachusetts politics, called Capital.
The Capital section will appear every Friday in the print edition and online at BostonGlobe.com. It will be characterized by the depth and breadth of its political reporting, analysis of political campaigns and issues, people and personalities. The section will feature graphics, powerful photos and weekly polls to take the pulse of public opinion on key issues. Capital will track the Massachusetts political conversation on social media and identify the top trending issues and influencers driving the conversation.
“Capital will cover policy, of course, but also the politics, characters and motives behind the policy, which in many ways is more interesting and important,” said Globe Editor Brian McGrory. “We envision Capital as more than a one-day read, since we will follow not only the news of the day, but broader political issues with long-term implications.”
The Globe’s political team will regularly write for Capital, including Frank Phillips, Jim O’Sullivan, Joshua Miller, Michael Levenson, and Stephanie Ebbert, all known for their political expertise. Also joining the staff is veteran political reporter David Scharfenberg, formerly of local NPR affiliate WBUR and the Providence Phoenix.
The Globe has partnered with Cambridge-based SocialSphere, a public opinion research and social media analytics company, to administer its polling and identify and analyze online influencers. Every week until the general election in November, Capital will present the results of a poll on a major issue, using infographics to tell the story.
SocialSphere’s CEO, John Della Volpe, is also the Director of Polling at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. He is an authority on understanding public sentiment, opinion and influence, and said, “We could not be more excited about our partnership with The Boston Globe and the ability to bring readers one of the most comprehensive views of public opinion in America, covering key events, issues and influencers from the online and offline worlds."
The Globe and SocialSphere will also track leading political voices driving the social media conversation, presenting the top 50 weekly Twitter influencers in Mass. politics. Capital will measure opinions and identify not only what the political trends are, but also who is driving the online conversation about those trends.