Whatever you're doing right now, stop for a moment and read Scot Lehigh's pitch-perfect takedown of Jay Severin. It tells you everything you need to know about the WTKK host and his recent suspension. It's also Lehigh at his best.
Friday night plans? Not too late to change 'em! I'll be on the weekly "Beat the Press" segment of Greater Boston tonight, discussing the latest Globe funkiness; coverage of killer swine flu and the related suspension of world-class anti-Mexican Jay Severin; and John Henry and Linda Pizzuti's...candor. Please tune in, or watch online at your leisure.
According to this year's list of finalists for the Livingston Awards--which honor the best young American journalists working in all platforms--Boston's got five of the top fifty. The lucky (or talented) few: Laura Crimaldi of the Herald; Tracy Jan and Farah Stockman of the Globe; and Paul Kix and Francis Storrs of Boston magazine. Congrats to all.
Earlier today, I argued that the combination of the Times Co.'s late-breaking math adjustment--coupled with the Times Co.'s apparent refusal to extend its negotiating deadline for the paper's unions--suggested bad faith on the part of the company.
According to a Globe staffer, that's now the prevailing interpretation among the paper's journalists, who until now have been relatively amenable to the Times Co.
According to the Globe, the Herald, and several of my sources, the accounting error that's thrown a last-minute wrinkle into negotiations between the Times Co. and the Globe's unions was clearly management's* fault.
If so, what should we make of this? I see two possibilities: A. the number-crunchers handling the negotiations for the Times Co.
Nicole Wong--the former Globe reporter who volunteered to leave the paper so that a colleague with more needs and less flexibility could keep her job--is getting some well-deserved karmic payback: she'll be one of Columbia University's Knight-Bagehot journalism fellows for 2009-10. Congrats.
In which I relate details from Marty Baron's Seaport Hotel speech, the most recent Boston Newspaper Guild meeting, and last week's Save the Globe rally--and explain why the Globe's closure would be a disaster for Boston.
In an email sent this morning--the day before the Times Co.'s May 1 concede-or-close deadline--Globe publisher Steve Ainsley talked up recent sacrifices by Globe management; expressed empathy for the paper's union members and the sacrifices they're being asked to make; and spoke with what seems like guarded optimism about the course of management-labor negotiations.
The team released the following statement today:
Neither John Henry, Tom Werner, nor any affiliates of the Boston Red Sox are involved in any sales discussions or negotiations with regard to the acquisition of the Boston Globe.
Remember, just a few days ago, Henry struck a very different tone in an email to the Herald:
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 Tribune
Is there any other way to read this sneering list of ten ways to save the Globe? Especially since the byline is "Herald staff," not "Howie Carr"?
I've contacted Herald editor Kevin Convey to see if I'm missing something; if he weighs in, I'll post his comments here.
As the Phoenix’s media writer, I spend a lot of time writing about the struggles of other news outlets--in particular, the woes of the Boston Globe, whose very existence is currently in question. And I’m periodically asked by other journalists: “So, how are things at the Phoenix?” My response tends to be vague, and to reflect my (intentional) lack of knowledge about my employer’s finances: Like every other print publication, I think we’re hurting a bit--but so far we haven’t had any layoffs, knock on wood.
The Globe publisher's plan for the paper (and Boston.com) was described in an email sent to staffers earlier today.
Much of what's discussed is familiar (e.g., the union negotiations and the Yahoo partnership). However, this is the first I've heard of the Globe seeking new digital revenue sources that don't compromise advertising.
This step was announced in two emails today, one from Times Co. vice chairman Michael Golden and one from Globe publisher Steve Ainsley. Here they are; note the possible implications of the move for Boston's nonprofit community:
Dear Colleagues,It is with sadness that I write to tell you that The New York Times Company Foundation is suspending grant making and the matching gifts program.
Earlier tonight, Dan Totten--head of the Boston Newspaper Guild, the paper's biggest union--emailed his membership regarding Friday's "Save the Globe" rally at Faneuil Hall. The email follows; note, in particular, the emphasis on getting Globe journalists to the event.
As I've previously written, the divide between the Guild's newsroom and non-newsroom members is one of the more interesting subplots of the current Globe crisis.