boston.jpgYesterday, The Wall Street Journal announced that it was closing its Boston bureau.

“That there has been truly great reporting under the generalship of Gary Putka out of Boston over many, many years is not in doubt,” Journal managing editor Robert Thomson said in a memo yesterday. “But we remain in the midst of a profound downturn in advertising revenue and thus must think the unthinkable.”

The bureau’s contributions to the business paper, and journalism, won’t be quickly forgotten. The bureau contributed many long-form investigative pieces for the business paper and covered Boston-based mutual-fund firms, education and other local industries like biotechnology. And several reporters based there were part of team that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for article about stock-option backdating.

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