Working together can be tricky for both whistleblowers and journalists. Here’s some help.

The group “Blueprint for Free Speech” has launched a new report “outlining how journalists can work responsibly to safeguard whistleblowers.” The report organization staff and 20 international journalists and experts.

The Perugia Principles for Journalists Working with Whistleblowers in the Digital Age seek to guide journalists in their interactions with whistleblowers. Particularly, they outline how to navigate the problems which have arisen from the Digital Age, which often compromise globally established obligations for journalists surrounding confidential sources, as well as strong traditions of legal source protection. These new Digital Age challenges to the legal and ethical frameworks, put in place to support investigative journalism and whistleblowers, are what the Perugia Principles seek to address.

The Boston Globe’s #Metro Minute lives on page B2. It needs a better spot on the home page.

Disclosure: The editor of the Metro Minute and its sidekick , Get Smart, is a member of the family. 

Still, we all could use to lighten up. So it would be nice to see this daily pair of brights, listicles and what we used to call alternative story forms  find a home on  The stories are scattered on the site but, subscribers can find the full Metro Minute it in the e-paper. 

A few samples

When her editor described four murdered women as “nobodies,” she thought, “That was what made them so interesting . . . sisters in anonymity, like all of us.”

Women like Loretta McLaughlin made life in the newsroom much easier for those who came after. And for those we covered.

By Bryan Marquard Globe Staff  November 25, 2018

It was the fourth murder “that galvanized my attention,” Loretta McLaughlin would later recall while writing about Boston’s stifling summer of 1962. She sensed the deaths were connected and wanted to write more than a single newspaper story.

Journalist Loretta McLaughlin

“An editor disputed the worth of a series on the four dead women, noting that they were ‘nobodies,’ ” she wrote in the Globe 30 years later. “That was it exactly, I felt. Why should anyone murder four obscure women. That was what made them so interesting . . . sisters in anonymity, like all of us.”

How many #marijuana puns can you fit in a lead? Find out as #Massachusetts opens its first recreational #pot shops. — Boston Health News

Hey bud. It’s a green day in Massachusetts. Not to be blunt, but it’s a stone-cold fact – marijuana /weed/ kush/grass goes on sale legally at two stores today. Medical marijuana has been on sale for a more than a year. Now, leaf peepers can score over the counter. Recreational operations with names like Commonwealth […] […]