last week's sad announcement that the New York Press was printing its
final issue, I could never have imagined NY as a one alt-weekly town.
From the time that I was old enough to care and read about the city where I spent my adolescence,
there were two competing street boxes on every major corner in
Manhattan – both of which I ambushed as a first order of business
every time the 7 train spit me up into Gotham.
Oneeyedmutt: "The death of this child was totally preventable. The mother’s negligent
behavior caused his death. She knew what type of person her boyfriend
was and what type of people he associated with. If she had 1 ounce of
respect for herself she would not have been dating Mr. Martin and
putting her son in harms way. This all links back to the welfare
entitlement mentality which is propagating many generations of
irresponsible mothers that do not instill any type of moral values to
According to this article in today's Boston Globe, the former husband of a woman who runs a questionably named home daycare center was found with kiddie porn on his computer. Here's an excerpt:
Last night, a spokeswoman for the Department of Children and Families
confirmed that the state was investigating a complaint against someone
connected to the Hugs n Tugs day-care center run by Federico’s estranged
A few weeks ago we wrote about the ground war mounting between various media interests that are investing heaps of energy and money in the hyper-local market, and literally hiring hundreds of journalists in the process. In Massachusetts, the competition is especially percolating between AOL's Patch, Boston.
When I heard a few minutes ago that NECN executive editor Iris Adler was leaving for an unidentified job at WBUR-FM, I assumed she'd be part of the remaking of WBUR's "Radio Boston," which is about to become a daily rather than a weekly program--and I began whipping up a blog post.
It turns out, though, that my friend and former colleague Dan Kennedy was several steps ahead of me.
Whether you're a journalist or a consumer of journalism, you already know that people get their news differently today than they did a decade ago. But a new study from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Project for Excellence in Journalism documents--to sometimes breathtaking effect--just how much the internet has transformed the media landscape.
A little more than a week ago, I told the Phoenix that I was leaving to take an associate producer job at WGBH’s Greater Boston, where I’ve been a frequent guest panelist. The news has now been announced at the paper, so I wanted to mention it here as well, even though I’ll be writing through March 10. While I’m excited about heading to WGBH and taking part in the big changes unfolding over there, leaving the Phoenix is bittersweet.
I don't know much about Rebecca Ostriker, who's been tapped to replace Scott Heller as the Globe's arts editor. (Heller recently decided to decamp* for the New York Times.) But the memo announcing Ostriker's appointment offers reason for optimism--starting with the fact that Ostriker, who'd been Heller's second in command, helped edit the coverage that won critic Mark Feeney a 2008 Pulitzer.
Former Globe religion reporter Michael Paulson is a tough act to follow. But I'm pleased to report that the paper has tapped political reporter Lisa Wangsness to replace Paulson, who's now the paper's city editor.
I've covered some of the same stories as Wangsness (e.g. the '06 governor's race) and have read her stuff closely for years: she's an excellent writer with a keen eye for telling detail, and should do a very good job in her new post.
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.
In this week's Phoenix, I noted that Red Mass Group's recent hot streak had RMG publisher Rob Eno planning a regional conservative site--possibly titled "Red Nor'easter."
Now it's official. Eno writes that Red Noreaster (note: no apostrophe!) will launch March 1, with the tagline "A conservative storm is coming." The icon's pretty cool, too.
Over at Universal Hub, Ron Newman argues that the Globe's latest Amy Bishop scoop--which details the accused murderer's familial relationship to whimsical novelist John Irving--is proof that the paper's coverage of the Bishop affair has jumped the shark, as they say.
That strikes me as overly harsh. After all, in today's Globe, we learned (among other things) that Bishop apparently threatened a police officer with a gun after shooting her brother years ago, which is a pretty remarkable and relevant detail.
In which I cite that local political blog as evidence that conservatives are surging online--and eat a little crow while I'm at it. Please take a look.
Radio Boston, WBUR's weekly local-news show, is about to become a five-day-a-week affair. As Universal Hub's Adam Gaffin notes, a posting for an executive producer job at Radio Boston describes:
a new, local daily program (five days a week)
which will cover a full range of topics, from public affairs and
politics, to the arts and economy, from cutting edge culture to the
highs and lows of daily life that matter to the WBUR audience.
Writing at Gawker, John Cook argues that the decision to give a George Polk award to the unidentified (wo)man who caught Neda Agha-Soltan's death on video raises some big questions about what it means to practice "journalism":
[W]hen you start handing out awards that were created to "honor special achievement in journalism" with an emphasis on "investigative and enterprise work that is original, requires digging and resourcefulness and brings results" to works that consist of finding yourself next to a horrible thing and pulling your camera phone out of your pocket—well, what's the point of calling anything journalism anymore?