After trickling into The Boston Globe in recent weeks, the STAT website is up. Looks impressive and has some big names on the masthead. (Can we still call it a masthead?) Congratulations to all.
If you are confused about its relationship with the Globe, you’re not alone. STAT is a new animal, digital first with its own staff and budget. The Globe still covers life sciences, but the three fine health reporters there are not part of STAT. Their former editors have migrated to STAT. The team’s science writer migrated to The Washington Post months ago and has yet to be replaced. So, it was STAT that hosted the recent Morrissey Boulevard party for the National Association of Science Writers, not the science-writer-less Globe.
STAT casts itself as a national publication and some stories run in the A section of the Globe — a nice break from the wire copy that replaced reporting from the long-gone national and foreign desks. They also have columns on Kendall Square — the pharma capital of universe — and Longwood Avenue — the medical capital of the universe. So, it’s kind of local. Or offering a nod to local?
Here’s hoping that they don’t suck the life out of the life-science reporting in the Globe. Not for nostalgia reasons, but for those of us in Boston who need good, local health and science watchdogs. And the team at the Globe does great work.
While Hollywood is celebrating the “Spotlight” movie about the paper’s reporting on the cover-up of rampant pedophilia in the Catholic Church, the latest Spotlight series raises question about overbooking of surgery at Mass General. While the practice may not be unheard of, the story raises important questions about patient safety, informed consent and the hospital’s treatment of whistle blowers.
You think going up against the Catholic Church is scary? Try going up against Partners Healthcare.