A couple staffing changes worth noting over at Morrissey Boulevard: First, the paper has hired Jenifer McKim to take over the residential real-estate beat previously covered by Binyamin Appelbaum. McKim is currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard; she previously worked at the Orange County Register, where she led an investigation into lead-tainted Mexican candy that was up for a Pulitzer in 2005.
As you may have noticed, today's Herald cover story whacks
MBTA general manager Dan Grabauskas for commuting to work in an
SUV--one that's T-owned!--even as the T urges people to ditch their
cars for public transit:
Now, I understand that there's an enticing hypocrisy angle here--especially for a scrappy tabloid.
In which I argue that Globe management's proposed ten-percent wage cut for union employees just might happen. Plus, I take a look at HBO's new Iraq-war miniseries, Generation Kill.
One correction to the Globe piece: I wrote, incorrectly, that Dan Totten--president of the Boston Newspaper Guild, the Globe's largest union--works in travel advertising at the paper.
Yesterday at Media Nation, my friend and former colleague Dan Kennedy argued that the Beverly Citizen erred in posting video footage of the Beverly Horribles parade, which contained some pretty off-color references to the ongoing Gloucester teen-pregnancy story. (By "pretty off-color references," I mean, among other things, a giant squirting penis and a sign reading "She smelled like tuna/I should have pulled out sooner."
Yesterday in this space, I praised the Washington Post's story on misinformation circulating about Barack Obama in Findlay, Ohio. But the Findlay Courier didn't like the story one bit. Here, via Romenesko, is the heart of the paper's editorial on the subject:
[Reporter Eli] Saslow crafted a picture of credulous,
rumor-swallowing bigots, even though several of his interviewees said
they just weren't sure what to believe.
I once got the following advice from a Globie: Every now and then, when it's warranted, point out something the paper's done well--and leave it at that. No asterisks, disclaimers, snide asides, etc.
Binyamin Appelbaum's* troubling examination of the housing projects in Barack Obama's former Illinois state senate district, and of Obama's relationships with the developers who've renovated and operated those projects, certainly deserved this treatment.
Seriously, have you read McClatchy's big expose on post-9/11 detainees? Because you really should.
Maybe you thought Barack Obama's fake presidential seal was just a stupid gaffe, kind of like Mitt Romney's podium screw-up back in 2006. But no! It's much, much more than that. Mickey Kaus, take it away:
[T]he faux seal was a disaster not just for the reason
I gave (that it suggested Obama is "stuck up"). It also carried this
counterproductive connotation: that there is a separate Obama Nation,
grown up in opposition to Bush's nation.
In a post yesterday, I implied that the Boston Globe was the first to report the Herald's big upcoming wave of layoffs. In fact, the Boston Business Journal got there first--last Friday, to be precise. My apologies.
That, according to two Globe employees, was one big question raised at the Monday "town meeting" at the paper's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters.
When a possible sale of the Globe by the NYT Co. came up, one employee says, Arthur Sulzberger replied: "As you can imagine, we can't get into that whole thing.... We can't go down that road.
That's the goal described in the June 18 letter from Globe senior VP Gregory L. Thornton, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild, that officially proposed a 10 percent wage cut for most Globe employees.
"As we shared with you and other union leaders [at a June 3 presentation], despite constant and relentless cost cutting, Globe revenues continue to decline and continue to be less than needed to support the expense load of our current organization," Thornton wrote.
According to a story in today's Boston Herald, Boston Newspaper Guild president Dan Totten is determined to fight Globe management's request for a 10 percent reduction in employee wages."The Boston Newspaper Guild has given enough in the name of company equity," Totten told the Herald. "Globe and New York Times management must now give back."
Earlier today, the Boston Globe reported that the Boston Herald will be laying off up to 160 people and outsourcing its printing. But it wasn't clear--at least to me--whether those layoffs would be hit the editorial side or not.
According to Herald editor Kevin Convey, it's the latter. "The answer is, no editorial layoffs--none now and none contemplated," he tells the Phoenix.
As I narcissistically keep tabs on who's saying what about my story this week--i.e., the one on the old media-new media sportswriting feud--I'm noticing a theme: there's a lot of disagreement out there about what, exactly, "blogs" and "bloggers" are. By way of example, here's a comment posted to a column by Salon.