The Boston Globe newsroom might want to call a cab-inet meeting sometime soon, because it’s sending mixed messages about the paper’s three-part takeout on the Boston taxicab industry.
Start with reporter Bob Hohler, who spent eight nights driving for Boston Cab last fall, which he chronicles in the final piece of the series. In this interview posted on the Globe website, Hohler describes how he conducted his investigation.
Q: Did anyone know you were a Boston Globe reporter? How did you handle disclosure?
A: I drove for Boston Cab for eight nights and never got the sense that anybody there knew that I was a reporter. When I applied there I said I worked for the NYT Company . . . the New York Times owns the Globe. As for my occupation I said sports because I’m a sportswriter.
Q. But if they had said – I know the way it works – if they had said Are you a Boston Globe reporter you would say Yes I am. But no one asked you.
A. Absolutely. I would have told them that I’m here to try to get the experience, to try to learn.
Apparently the burden of disclosure was on Boston Cab . . .
Read the rest at It’s Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town.