Earlier today I sat down with Ken Auletta, author of the New Yorker's "Annals of Communications" column, before his appearance at Harvard's Shorenstein Center. We covered a fair amount of ground: topics discussed include his upcoming book on the future of media; whether newspaper traditionalists should be excited about Amazon's Kindle 2.
If Steve Brill has his way, the New York Times will aggressively push back against the free-content model that's come to predominate on the internet--and the Boston Globe just might follow suit. As Brill puts it in a memo obtained and posted by Jim Romenesko:
The same model might be initiated for
Boston Globe and other Times Company newspapers; indeed, there is a
possibility that the more local papers, with less content competition,
will be able to make the transition just as effectively.
I'll be on Greater Boston's "Beat the Press" (GB's BtP) this evening, discussing sundry media topics--including Harry Markopolos's star turn and the AP/Shepard Fairey contretemps--with Emily Rooney and sundry other pundits. Please, do tune in if you're able.
Yesterday I posted an internal Globe memo on the elimination of the paper's weekly health/science section--and suggested that, with this move, the paper seemed to be stepping back from an important coverage area.
But according to Caleb Solomon, the Globe's managing editor, that's not the case.
"I think you misinterpreted a small staff note and got the emphasis wrong," Solomon told me a few minutes ago.
This development is slightly less dramatic than it might seem, since the existing Health/Science section was published once a week, inside the A section.
Still, the fact that the Globe seems to be backing away from two subjects of particular interest to Bostonians is telling. Given the challenges that newspapers in general and the Globe in particular currently face, the folks at Morrissey Boulevard can't simply reduce coverage that doesn't support the paper's core mission.
According to an internal email obtained by DQM, Globe management will be discussing the current round of newsroom cutbacks with employees this week:
There will be a series of meetings to discuss the buyout and staff reductions. Marty Baron, Mary Jane Wilkinson and Caleb Solomon will be there to answer questions. The following is the schedule for the meetings, which will be held in the Winship Room:
Credit the Boston Herald for breaking the story of gay-marriage pioneers Julie and Hillary Goodridge filing for divorce. But note, too, that the story isn't quite the scoop it pretends to be.
Two and a half years ago, Globe reporter Michael Levenson took note of the Goodridges' separation. (A couple days later, so did Herald columnist Margery Eagan
As I've previously noted, Globe metro columnist Kevin Cullen is a pleasure to read when he's doing his job well. But Cullen is the journalistic equivalent of the girl with the little curl: excellent at his best, and at his worst...not so excellent.
By way of example, consider today's Cullen offering, which deals with an alleged miscarriage of justice involving the late Vinnie Tamburello.