The Boston Courant

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The Boston Courant
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) David Jacobs
Genvieve Tracy
Publisher David Jacobs
Editor Jennifer L. Miaola
Founded 1995
Headquarters P.O. Box 171018
Back Bay Station
Boston, Massachusetts 02117, United States
Circulation 40,000
Website None

The Boston Courant is a weekly newspaper in Boston, whose coverage focuses on issues of local interest to the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Downtown, Fenway, South End, and Waterfront neighborhoods. It has a circulation of over 40,000.[1]


Publisher David Jacobs created the Boston Courant (as the Back Bay Courant—the newspaper later expanded its coverage to include the South End, Fenway, and Beacon Hill) in 1995, with his wife Genvieve Tracy as Associate Editor. In a Boston Globe article,[2] Jacobs stated that the Courant experienced double-digit growth from 2008 to 2009.


The paper introduced a real estate section in 2008, named Open House. Later renamed the Real Estate Guide, the section features editorial copies and advertisements from Boston real estate agents as well as maps of upcoming open houses.


In 2004, the publisher, David Jacobs, paid a web designer $50,000 to put the newspaper online, but the site never launched due to the lack of a profitable business plan. Jacobs believed that if the Courant had a website some of the readers would abandon the print format, crippling profitable advertising sales.[1]


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