As the Globe turns: one arrival, one departure

A couple staffing changes worth noting over at Morrissey Boulevard: First, the paper has hired Jenifer McKim to take over the residential real-estate beat previously covered by Binyamin Appelbaum. McKim is currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard; she previously worked at the Orange County Register, where she led an investigation into lead-tainted Mexican candy that was up for a Pulitzer in 2005.

Second, photographer Dominic Chavez is leaving the paper to work on several book projects related to global public health. Chavez has worked on a number of big stories for the Globe, including September 11 and its aftermath, the Iraq War, the drug war in Central America, and AIDS in Africa. (You can see his work here and here.)

When I asked Chavez if his departure stems from the Globe's diminished foreign presence, he said no. "The Globe has been a family to me, and I've been very proud to wear this badge of honor around," he said. "And I've loved being a photojournalist. But I've been doing global health for at least 15 years, and every year when I take a vacation, I do some sort of global health-related project.... For me, being a journalist comes down to one word: responsibility. And over the years, global health has just touched me in a different spot. So why not focus on the passion and step up to the plate and be responsible?"

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