NEW YORK — With just a few clicks, you can join the Boston Globe as a full-time contributor without being required to apply to the newspaper’s new “full-time” role.
The Globe will no longer require applicants to be current employees to become full-timers, nor must applicants be covered by the newspaper in any way.
The Globe, in an attempt to boost diversity, said the decision will apply to all full- time contributors.
The new role, which is set to take effect in January, is designed to address a diversity problem in the newsroom.
It also will require applicants who have worked full- or part-time for the Globe to apply through the newspaper.
The position was created in December by Globe President and CEO Peter Schmitt, a former executive editor who also served as president and publisher for the Tribune Company, which owns the Globe.
It was part of an overhaul of the newsrooms that included hiring a director of news and media relations to make sure all employees felt welcome in the new role.
That director is now a full member of the Globe’s newsroom staff.
The decision to give the full-timer position to a new person came after the Globe had previously given the job to a current employee, said Matt O’Brien, the Globe editor in chief.
The change in hiring policy will not affect anyone who has already worked at the Globe for less than a year, O’Connor said.
“The Globe’s hiring practices have always been based on diversity and inclusion, and that’s always been the case,” O’Neil said.
The change comes as the Globe prepares to begin a major expansion of its newsrooms, which will include the creation of three new full- and part- time positions.
It is also part of a broader strategy that is aimed at attracting more women to its workforce.
A Globe spokeswoman declined to comment.