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DigBoston formerly known as the Weekly Dig or even just the Dig is a free alternative newsweekly found in Boston, Massachusetts. It offers commentary on music, arts, politics, technology, film, sex, food, drink and more, as well as local bar, entertainment and club listings. It is distributed Wednesday, free of charge, in self-serve newspaper dispensers located throughout the city, as well as local businesses, and maintains a blog, DigBoston.com, that is updated daily. Its content is contributed mostly by aspiring writers, columnists, and interns.
The Weekly Dig was founded in September 1999, by Jeff Lawrence. Previously, Lawrence had published a monthly magazine called Shovel founded in 1997. Shovel discontinued publishing in the Spring of 2000, where it had become an insert to the Weekly Dig.
In September 2003, Lawrence moved to change the editorial direction by dismissing founding Editor, Joe Bonni. Assistant Editor (and junior partner) Seth McM. Donlin was named interim Editor; Joe Keohane was appointed the replacement Editor later in 2003.
In October 2004, Boston magazine publisher Metrocorp announced that it bought a majority stake in the Weekly Dig. Metrocorp, which has operated Boston magazine since 1971, also publishes Elegant Wedding, Concierge, Home & Garden and New England Travel and Life. It also has operated Philadelphia since 1946.
Three months later, in January 2005, the paper went through a relaunch that offered a new, updated design and broader content. Since then, its circulation has more than doubled to about 70,000 copies distributed weekly.
In May, 2007, Lawrence announced that he had purchased the paper back from Metrocorp in what both sides called "an amicable divorce".
In 2009, A+E Editor David Day was made Editor-in-Chief. Shortly thereafter, the name Weekly Dig was dropped, and the organization was re-branded as DigBoston, featuring a completely overhauled website, DigBoston.com. Day left in 2012, and the current Editor is former Managing Editor, J. Patrick Brown.
- "DigBoston". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved 2007-02-23.
- Noyes, Jesse, "Dig founder to buy back alternative weekly", Boston Herald, May 2, 2007, p.31, Business section