Monday 20 November 2017

The Boston Globe reached out to the Manchester Evening News with a really thoughtful gesture

The Boston Globe reached out to the Manchester Evening News with a gift. Pic: MEN / Twitter
The Boston Globe reached out to the Manchester Evening News with a gift. Pic: MEN / Twitter
People hold up an "I Love MCR" sign at a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017,/ AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

The Boston Globe sent the Manchester Evening News free pizza in a thoughtful gesture of solidarity following Monday's terror attack.

The local media outlet was covering the terrorist attack that struck the Ariana Grande concert on Monday, which left 22 people dead and 59 injured.

For staff at the Manchester Evening News, food was probably the last thing on their minds as they worked long hours to cover the tragedy that hit their hometown.

The Boston Globe's  thoughtful gesture on Wednesday came as a welcome surprise to the hardworking journalists as the newspaper sent a message of gratitude on Twitter: "The Boston Globe sent us pizza to keep us going. Thanks friends."

The gesture was widely praised on Twitter as fellow journalists and readers praised staff at the Manchester Evening News for their in-depth reporting, and The Boston Globe for reaching out to them in a show of solidarity amidst the tragic events.

London School of Economics media professor Charlie Beckett tweeted: "This is what really sustains great journalism. Keep up the great work!"

The Boston newspaper has its own experience of covering terrorist attacks with the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013.

The attack claimed three lives when Dzhokhar Anzorovich Tsarnaev planted pressure cooker bombs near the Boylston Street finish line on April 15.

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