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  • May 31, 2006
    By webteam
    One noteworthy thing about the new Nieman class of 2006-2997 announced today is that there is no Boston Globe staffer on the roster. (See list below.)


    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Twenty-eight U.S. and international journalists have been named to the 69th class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University.

    Established in 1938, the Nieman program is the oldest midcareer fellowship for journalists in the world.




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  • May 31, 2006
    By webteam
    Long but interesting reading in the Philadelphia Weekly about pr man supreme Brian Tierney, the indvidual heading up a group of investors who just bought the Philly Daily News and Inquirer. It seems to me Tierney's Republican ties are a red herring. But the more intriguing question is how does a man who made a career out of spinning -- and sometimes fighting -- the media now function as the chief steward of the papers' journalism.

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  • May 31, 2006
    By webteam
    For those of us getting tired of reading about the state's apparently endless supply of "pervs" in the Herald (see today's front page below), I hearby declare a synonym or euphemism hunt. Suggestions are welcome, but keep them reasonably clean.


  • May 31, 2006
    By webteam
    Nice job by the Globe's Geoff Edgers yesterday on the "Planet Mikey" profile of 'EEI nighttime host Mike Adams, who's lived an interesting life. I like the idea of Mike Adams, a free spirit and genuinely colorful character on a station in dire need of both.

    I also found very telling this quote by Charlie Kravetz, his old boss at NECN where Adams hosted a sports show from 1992-1998.

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  • May 26, 2006
    By webteam
    This Richard Sandomir piece in today's New York Times does a good job of capturing the public's attitude toward Barry Bonds's grotesquely tainted home run chase -- with the added attraction of his miserable personality. Bonds turns out to be the least likeable TV character this side of Boris Badenov.
    From left to right, Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, and Fearless Leader. From left to right, Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, and Fearless Leader.

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  • May 26, 2006
    By webteam
    While the Globe's got a lot of legitimate action on its front page today, including some important follows to its work on departed Caritas chief Robert Haddad, how can you relegate the conviction of the Enron boys to the Business front, particularly when today's Business section is wrapped inside Sidekick? Any case, that as the Globe subhead notes, "came to symbolize coporate deceit in US" has to be on page 1.

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  • May 25, 2006
    By webteam
    The second station to weigh in with good news on the May sweeps is WCVB-TV (Channel 5), which continues to dominate the news wars except for the late night newscast. Here's their story in a nutshell:

    WCVB-TV Channel 5 monopolized the May ratings period in convincing fashion. New England’s news leader captured first place finishes in household ratings at 5AM, 6AM, Noon, 5PM, 5:30PM, 6PM, 7:30PM and 11PM* and in key demographic groups throughout the day.

  • May 25, 2006
    By webteam
    Well, speaking of sweeps, Channel 25 (WFXT-TV) is the first to declare victory today, reporting that it had the highest-rated late-night newscast in the Boston market during the May sweeps.

    According to the station, it earned a 7.0 rating for its 10 pm newscast, compared to Channel 7's 6.8, Channel 5's 6.3 and Channel 4's 5.

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  • May 25, 2006
    By webteam
    Julio, we hardly knew ye!. After only about a year-and-a-half on the job, Julio Marenghi is gone as chief honcho of the company's New England TV triopoly, including Channel 4 in Boston. Marenghi's being succeeded by a guy from Minneapolis while he moves on to become President of Sales at CBS Television Stations. Here's the skinny from the station:

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  • May 25, 2006
    By webteam
    Some changes at One Herald Square where City Hall reporter Kevin Rothstein will soon depart to join former Herald investigative staffer Jon Wells at WFXT-TV (Channel 25). At the same time, cop reporter Michele McPhee has just been moved into City Hall where she will add city reporting to her police portfolio. And transportation reporter Tom Caywood has been sent to the State House to join Kimberly Atkins there.

  • May 25, 2006
    By webteam
    A sharp-eared colleague clued me in to this spirited seven-minute exchange this morning between new White House press secretary Tony Snow and NPR's Steven Inskeep on "Morning Edition." I also saw Snow with Lou Dobbs on CNN last night, and he doesn't mind being combative, which frankly is an improvement over Scott McClellan's "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" style that so infuriated journalists.

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  • May 25, 2006
    By webteam
    I've been reluctant to write about this because I have a near and dear one who works at Caritas Christi. But suffice it to say that major plaudits are in order for the Globe's -- and particularly Walter Robinson's -- aggressive and thorough reporting, which culminated in today's news that president Robert Haddad has resigned amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

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  • May 24, 2006
    By webteam
    Starting Monday a new freebie daily, The Manchester Daily Express, hit the streets of Manchester New Hampshire with the slogan -- at least as expressed by publisher Jody Reese -- "because your time is valuable, we won't waste it." Uh-oh.

    The paper, which is published by the owners of the New Hampshire weekly, HippoPress, will begin with an initial output of 3,000 copies with a target of 9.

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  • May 24, 2006
    By webteam
    This posting, from Bill Koch's spokesman Brad Goldstein, is in response to my posting yesterday -- "Koch Passes on Wind" -- about Koch's anti-wind farm op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, which did not mention his role as co-chair of The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound

    I want to set the record straight. We did tell the Wall Street Journal that Bill Koch was the chairman of the Alliance.

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  • May 23, 2006
    By webteam
    Of course, any 20-minute interview with Curt Schilling on WEEI is going to eventually get around to politics and Schilling's many opinions on the affairs of state. But to his credit, he didn't take the bait today when morning man Gerry Callahan -- never shy about foisting his views on the listener -- tried on several occasions to get Schilling to criticize the students at BC and the New School who made life difficult for commencement speakers Condoleezza Rice and John McCain

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