Yesterday, Globe editor Marty Baron sent out a congratulatory note describing a couple gratifying award wins for the paper--including an ASNE prize for the Globe's big multimedia series on Ted Kennedy and a Schaap sportswriting award for Bob Hohler's coverage of the the dysfunctional sports system in Boston's public schools.
Globe arts editor and Phoenix alum Scott Heller will be leaving the paper for the New York Times at the end of this month. The memo sent last week by Globe editor Marty Baron and features editor Doug Most follows; Baron tells me they'll be naming Heller's replacement "in the next few weeks."
We are sad to report that we will be losing one of our most creative
About that ominous meeting at Morrissey Boulevard I mentioned earlier today? Turns out that, as a commenter suggested, it wasn't that ominous after all.
Before posting earlier today, I'd tried and failed to get comment from a Globe spokesman--but I hadn't contacted Globe editor Marty Baron. Fortunately, Baron weighed in with the following update/correction:
Back in March 2008, when Marty Baron revamped the leadership of the Globe's newsroom following some high-profile departures, he tapped Ellen Clegg as the paper's deputy managing editor for news operations.
Now Clegg is leaving for a post at the Broad Institute. Baron's memo follows; the first line suggests that he's taking her exit pretty hard.
In which I relate details from Marty Baron's Seaport Hotel speech, the most recent Boston Newspaper Guild meeting, and last week's Save the Globe rally--and explain why the Globe's closure would be a disaster for Boston.
Congrats to Doug Most, formerly the editor of the Globe Magazine, who's been named the paper's deputy managing editor/features.
Structurally, Most's appointment seems eminently sensible. (It also raises the question of why the Globe didn't have a features czar until now--better late than never, perhaps?) It can also be taken as an indication that Globe editor Marty Baron thinks the Globe will survive its current crisis--or at least, is determined to act as if it will.
In today's memo announcing the elimination of up to 50 newsroom jobs, Globe editor Marty Baron makes it clear--as publisher Steve Ainsley did earlier this month--that the Globe of the future is still undefined:
Once again, we will have to assess everything we do. And so we will
move promptly to evaluate a wide range of options.
Forty-two positions total, in the circulation/marketing and advertising departments, including senior managers.
That's just one of the developments reported in an internal memo from Globe publisher Steve Ainsley today. Also of note: Boston.com now reports to the Globe rather than to New York Times Digital. This is less dramatic than it sounds, however, since certain parts of Boston.
My initial thoughts:
--"g" actually looks good, notwithstanding some uninspired cover art. There's plenty of editorial heft inside, and the "Parting Shot" feature on the penultimate page has tons of potential. Also, let's hope the graphic accompanying Alex Beam's column is his and his alone; it's very apt.
--The revamped pics for the metro columnists? Not so hot, at least judging from Adrian Walker's.