What's the line-up of today's Save-the-Globe fete at Faneuil Hall, you ask? Here it is (remember, the procedings start at noon):
Brian Mooney, Boston Globe reporterBella English, Boston Globe reporterMike Ross, Boston City Council PresidentDavid Jackson, Nieman Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter from the Chicago TribuneWilliam McGuinness, editor, Daily Collegian and University of Massachusetts Amherst studentDorothy Clark, Boston Globe news copy editorTim Flynn, Boston Globe features copy editorJeannie Shimkus, Boston Globe classified advertising repBob Haynes, president, AFL-CIO of MassachusettsMikko Nissinen, artistic director of the Boston BalletDan Totten, president, Boston Newspaper Guild
Some preliminary thoughts:
--Yes, it's awkward to have a politician who the Globe covers speaking on its behalf in a time of duress, even if it's just a city councilor (only the tiniest bit of disrespect intended). According to the Herald's Jessica Heslam, Ross invited himself--but Boston Newspaper Guild head Dan Totten tried to get every member of the Massachusetts Legislature to attend.
--Given Totten's recent overtures to the newsroom members of the Guild, the fact that only four Globe journalists (two with bylines) are speaking strikes me as significant. Wouldn't Totten & Co. prefer to have a couple more reporters on the list in lieu of William McGuinness and David Jackson?
--Last night's Guild meeting was marked by considerable friction between the newsroom and non-newsroom camps inside the Guild, but by the end, both sides seemed to be striking a more conciliatory note. If the Guild is going to get a good turnout from its members today, it needs that fragile peace to hold.
--In terms of public attendance, the Guild really couldn't have asked for a nicer day. What Globe-loving office worker wouldn't welcome an excuse to play hooky on a sunny, seventy-degree Friday?
--Finally, for those so inclined, there's still time to sign the Guild's Save the Globe petition.