Boston meetup report

Josh O'Connell (Hearst Conn.), Marting Gee (Boston Globe) and Janice Checchio (The Phoenix) chat over Lebanese food and cocktails at the Red Fez in Boston's South End.

Newcomers to the area were given a particular welcome yesterday at a casual summertime meetup in Boston on July 12. Region 1 Director Lee Steele and  Dan Zedek of the Boston Globe hosted.

Martin Gee, Carrie Hoover, Luke Knox and Jennifer Knox were among the 20 or so attendees. Martin and Luke, most recently from Portland, Ore., and Phoenix, Ariz., respectively, were recently hired by the Boston Globe.

Three years ago, Boston was the host city of the Society For News Design’s annual international meeting. Thousands of us took the city, packing the Plaza Hotel with our organized chaos. This time, there were about 20 of us, but it was a good cross-section of experience and companies.

It was a much more intimate and mellow meeting on a warm summer night in the South End. No programs or roundtables, just good conversation and some laughs. Just what the doctor ordered.