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  • November 11, 2005
    By webteam
    Boston Globe employees wishing to accept the company buyout offer have until Nov. 21 to submit their application -- and we'll know the names of a lot more of the departing journalists after that. One longtime staffer who has applied for the buyout package is Steve Morse, the veteran rock n' roll writer who's been on the staff for 28 years.

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  • November 11, 2005
    By webteam
    In another chapter in a long running legal saga, Benjamin LaGuer, convicted more than 20 years ago of a rape he says he didn't commit, had another day in court yesterday.

    The LaGuer case is both a fascinating law enforcement and media issue, because LaGuer (known as "Benjy" to many of the journalists in his brimming Rolodex) has been able to attract a tremendous amount of press coverage and interest over the years.

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  • November 10, 2005
    By webteam
    You can draw your own conclusions from this interview that Mary Mapes -- the CBS producer fired for her role in the airing of the Sept. 2004 "60 Minutes II" piece on George Bush's service record -- gave to The Washington Post. (For my money, her willingness to toss around allegations and insults like they were feathers makes me more suspicious of her.

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  • November 10, 2005
    By webteam
    Last year, several months after Boston Herald editor Andy Costello was pushed out the door as part of the paper's editorial metamorphosis, his right-hand man -- managing editor Andy Gully -- ended his 21-year career at the tabloid. The two Andys had run the Herald newsroom for a decade, Costello as the quieter "Mr. Inside," Gully as the more frenetic "Mr.

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  • November 10, 2005
    By webteam
    With no editorial comment, Media Log links to Judith Miller's farewell letter posted yesterday on her Web site.
  • November 09, 2005
    By webteam
    This was inevitable. The handwriting was on the wall after the Times's 6200-word Oct. 16th post-mortem on the circumstances that sent Miller to jail for refusing to testify about confidential source Scooter Libby as part of the Patrick Fitzgerald investigation that led to Libby's indictment. The not so subliminal message of that Times story -- a screaming "JUDY MILLER WAS OUT OF CONTROL AT THIS PAPER" -- sent a clear signal that her days there were numbered.

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  • November 09, 2005
    By webteam
    It may be in third place among the cable news nets, but by gosh, MSNBC is sure trying harder to atract more eyeballs. Here's the release touting the intrepid Rita Cosby's visit tomorrow night to what has surely become America's most famous temple of tricks (house of humping?). Of course, there's a "larger issue" here to be explored.

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  • November 09, 2005
    By webteam
    The Herald is officially on a libel losing streak. After the paper lost a $2.1 million verdict in a high-profile suit brought by Judge Ernest Murphy in Suffolk County earlier this year, a Barnstable County jury last week returned a $225,000 verdict against the paper for a 10-year-old story by Tom Mashberg that was found to have defamed a veterinarian.

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  • November 09, 2005
    By webteam
    In some ways, the old Globe/Herald rivalry isn't what it used to be, particularly since the re-invented Herald has eschewed the role of "second paper of record" for its own niche as a fiesty, populist tabloid.

    But that certainly wasn't the case in the recent nasty dustup between the two dailies over the Theo Epstein-Larry Lucchino Red Sox soap opera that culminated in Epstein's much-mourned depature.

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  • November 08, 2005
    By webteam
    Sorry about the little hiatus from Media Log. Deadline and a nasty bug of some sort are responsible. We should have a full head of steam up again by tomorrow. For now though, check out this New York magazine piece about the pending merger of the Village Voice and the New Times Media company.

    These two quotes in the piece from New Times honcho Mike Lacey suggest it may get pretty ugly at the venerable Voice when the two companies' cultures actually get hitched.

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  • November 04, 2005
    By webteam
    Bom Kim (Harvard class of 2000) envisions his new magazine project -- titled 02138 -- as "a Vanity Fair for Harvard...focused on compelling personalities in the community." Said community being some of the 320,000 living Harvard alum. "We often talk about how we want to look at the the world through the prism of Harvard," says Bom.

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  • November 04, 2005
    By webteam
    The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz has the news of another blow to the sanctity of the journalist/confidential source relationship, this time in the Wen Ho Lee case. See "Journalism's Next Big Battle" (Aug. 12 Boston Phoenix)

    This ruling -- albeit a close one -- may be even more distressing to First Amendment advocates than the whole Judy Miller Plamegate issue.
  • November 04, 2005
    By webteam
    Ever since Dick Gordon was suddenly fired as host of WBUR's "The Connection" this past summer See "Dis-Connection" (Aug 5. Boston Phoenix) , a number of folks have wondered what he would do next. Now, we have the answer. Here's your red hot press release announcing his hiring by North Carolina public radio station WUNC-FM to do a nationally syndicated show.

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  • November 03, 2005
    By webteam
    Wanna know how aggressive the Times Co./Globe is about recruiting new readers? Check out this blog posting by Steve Gosset. (Scroll down to second item.)
  • November 03, 2005
    By webteam
    It may or may not be a coincidence. But shortly after the paper was acquired by the Alabama-based CNHI company, editorial employees at The Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence are taking steps toward unionizing.

    According to officials at the Newspaper Guild of Greater Boston, that organization has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to represent the Eagle-Trib journalists after getting "a request from a substantial majority of the employees."

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