The Boston Globe's reporters went from writing the news to delivering it late Saturday night, as the paper compensates for missing or late deliveries.
The Globe switched delivery companies in late December to a new vendor called ACI Media Group. The switch was soon followed by a series of complaints of people either receiving their paper late or not at all, wrote the Globe on Dec. 31.
#bostonglobe 6 straight days now in Medfield with no Globe home delivery. I've asked for a refund and will not be renewing my subscription.— @MedtechMatters
Deliveries have not improved since, with the president of the Boston Newspaper Guild stating in an email the Globe was in "in crisis mode," according to the Boston Business Journal.
The Globe report says that roughly five per cent of subscribers didn't receive a paper "on a timely basis." That would suggest that roughly 5,750 people throughout the week weren't delivered a paper on a timely basis, based on the subscriber numbers provided in the report.
The newspaper does have a temporary solution to the problem.
Employees from multiple departments of the newspaper, including editorial, have stepped up to help with the Sunday paper, with a CNN report saying that more then a 100 people volunteered for deliveries.
I'm a Globe employee. I'm also a reader angry with 0 papers at home this week. I'll be out helping to get you Sunday's Globe. Stay with us.— @GlobeFluto
Not that the trip would be easy, as these papers had to be folded and bagged before they could be delivered.
These writers went back to being "ink-stained wretches."
Or at least yolk-stained.
When the deliveries began in earnest, the reporters broke out into teams, which included notable members of their staff.
The Sunday Editor delivered his own paper to readers.
As did at least two Boston Globe reporters portrayed in the film Spotlight, including Sacha Pfeiffer and Mike Rezendes. The film follows the investigative reporting team Spotlight as they uncovered cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
Rezendes finished his delivery route at about 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
These reporters were even welcomed and thanked by certain houses on their route
Although in some cases the reporters were more thankful certain houses bought their newspaper
By dawn the next day, these temporary paperboys and papergirls appeared exhausted.
The Boston Globe's vice-president, Peter Doucette, explained that they are looking to build a larger network of contractors to help ease deliveries back to where they were prior to the switch in companies.
"We expect the process to improve not instantly, but steadily with each passing day and thank our customers for their patience," he said in a statement.
Reporters did not appear eager to keep up nightly deliveries as they discovered delivering a paper is not as easy as it seemed earlier in the night.