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  • September 23, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    Jim Concannon--who'll be news editor in Harvard's public-affairs office--takes a great deal of institutional knowledge with him. Here's the press release from deputy managaing editor of features Doug Most:

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    Those of you who know Jim Concannon know they don't come more selfless. In
    every role he's had here, and there have been many, it's always been about


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  • September 22, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

     


     

    As you may know, there's a movement afoot inside the Boston Newspaper Guild, the Globe's largest union, to hold a recall election. The impetus? Dissatisfaction with the way the Guild's leaders--including Guild head Dan Totten--handled the recent concede-or-close threat from the New York Times Company.

    According to the Guild's bylaws, the recall-election process is actually pretty straightforward:

    A recall election may be initiated in two ways: (a) The Governing Board, by a two-thirds vote of its entire membership, may initiate a recall election process in the case of some or all union officers or delegates; or (b) the membership may initiate a recall election process with 20 percent of the membership signing a petition to the Governing Board for that purpose.

    1. The Governing Board must so inform the membership of this decision and reasons for this decision within 10 days.

    2. The Governing Board must call a general membership meeting for the purpose of discussing this decision.

    3. The general membership will then have the power to call a special election under the election procedures in Article III. 

    Earlier today, though, I was forwarded an email--originally sent by Totten--which argues, basically, that it's not that simple....

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  • September 21, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    As a media columnist and occasional classical-music listener, I'm intrigued by WGBH's newly announced purchase of WCRB--apparently for the not-insubstantial sum of $14 million.

    I was struck, though, by the Globe's description of how WGBH plans to pay for its $14 million acquisition. Writes Megan Woolhouse:

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  • September 19, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    Big Boston-media development: in today's Globe, Beth Healy reports that former Globe publisher Ben Taylor has backed his cousin Steve's bid to purchase the paper their family owned for more than a century.

    As I noted in this week's Phoenix, employees of the Boston Globe's newsroom are surprisingly willing to forgive and forget the acrimony that followed the New York Times Co.

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  • September 18, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    If you read today's Globe write-up of Steve Pagliuca's US Senate campaign kickoff, you know that the former would-be Globe owner's past donations to Republicans--including Mitt Romney--are going to be a campaign issue:

    Pagliuca said he had donated to and backed Romney’s candidacy out of personal loyalty, because Romney had hired him at Bain Capital in 1989 and was a personal friend.

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  • September 16, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    In which I have only nice things to say (!) about the Globe's recent city-election coverage.

    Also discussed: what the Globe newsroom is saying about the possibility of continued Times Co. ownership, and Bill O'Reilly's upcoming visit to BU.

  • August 25, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    Like the Globe's Alex Beam, I'm not entirely convinced that the new Huffington Post-Facebook partnership represents the "future of journalism." But in his run-down of former "future of journalism" nominees that failed, Beam takes his curmudgeonly shtick a bit too far.

    Here's the problematic quote in question:

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  • June 24, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    My first thought, when I heard about the tentative agreement struck by management and the Boston Newspaper Guild last night, was that Guild head Dan Totten must be patting himself on the back right now. After all, Totten's non-endorsement of the contract proposal rejected by the Guild last month was predicated on the assumption that he could get a better offer from the Times Co

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  • June 17, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    Beat the Press blogger Ralph Ranalli notes an interesting contradiction regarding the ongoing Times Co.-Boston Newspaper Guild negotiations:

    My question is this: Since the imposition of the 23 percent wage cut was based on the Times claim of a bargaining "impasse," how Times officials be participating in marathon bargaining sessions yet asserting an impasse at the same time? Someone help me with this.

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  • June 16, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    At the end of May, Globe metro editor Brian McGrory told his staff that metro political editor Chris Rowland was leaving to take an editing job in Bloomberg's Boston office. But now it turns out that Roland--who's been replaced as metro political editor by Scott Helman--won't be leaving the Globe after all; instead, he's going to Washington to fill the DC bureau chief position recently vacated by Peter Canellos.

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  • June 09, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    I.e., back in the good old days, when it was a "writer's paper." And writers were given...latitude to ply their craft.

    Can someone remind me why this guy is presented as an expert on the Globe's alleged decline under New York Times Co. ownership? After all, it's hard to imagine a more biased source.

    BTW, if you think Barnicle's description of the Times Co.

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  • May 19, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    The New York Times has a new, full-screen photo blog called "Lens"--and it might not exist without Boston.com's "The Big Picture." From a write-up in Photo District News:

    Lens draws some inspiration from The Big Picture a photo blog published by Boston.com, which is also owned by The New York Times Company. The Big Picture pioneered a wide-screen layout that took advantage of improving resolutions of computer screens.

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  • May 15, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    Back in March 2008, when Marty Baron revamped the leadership of the Globe's newsroom following some high-profile departures, he tapped Ellen Clegg as the paper's deputy managing editor for news operations.

    Now Clegg is leaving for a post at the Broad Institute. Baron's memo follows; the first line suggests that he's taking her exit pretty hard.

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  • May 15, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    The fancy insert in today's paper has the official numbers: effective June 1, you'll pay $12.25 for seven days of Globe home delivery and $8 for Thursday-Sunday. No change for Sunday only.

    I've been a seven-day subscriber. Not sure I'll keep up at that price.

    Also, the note in the insert from publisher Steve Ainsley says the Globe "broke [the] news" of the financial pressures facing The Globe in early April.

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  • May 07, 2009
    By Adam Reilly

    --First, I've got a new Phoenix piece looking at the Times Co.'s plans for the Globe and why the Guild caved on lifetime-job guarantees earlier this week.

    --Former Globe contributor Michael Jonas, who's now at Commonwealth magazine, has made a pretty strong case that the Globe is taking too much credit for its "scoops" on MA pension abuse.

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