Former Globe religion reporter Michael Paulson is a tough act to follow. But I'm pleased to report that the paper has tapped political reporter Lisa Wangsness to replace Paulson, who's now the paper's city editor.
I've covered some of the same stories as Wangsness (e.g. the '06 governor's race) and have read her stuff closely for years: she's an excellent writer with a keen eye for telling detail, and should do a very good job in her new post.
As a fan of good religion-focused journalism, I'm deeply dismayed that the Globe's Michael Paulson is leaving his post as that paper's religion writer. Paulson was living proof that religion doesn't need to be a boring beat; instead, if approached with imagination and style, it can yield no end of great stories. (Take a look at Paulson's blog, Articles of Faith, and you'll get a sense of the richness and variety of his approach.
--First, I've got a new Phoenix piece looking at the Times Co.'s plans for the Globe and why the Guild caved on lifetime-job guarantees earlier this week.
--Former Globe contributor Michael Jonas, who's now at Commonwealth magazine, has made a pretty strong case that the Globe is taking too much credit for its "scoops" on MA pension abuse.
I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, I tend toward curmudgeonly skepticism of new technologies. On the other hand, I also tend toward curmudgeonly skepticism of the Vatican.
Anyway, here's what Benedict XVI--who, it should be noted, just started his own YouTube channel--recently had to say about the perils of Facebook and other social-networking applications: