When I heard a few minutes ago that NECN executive editor Iris Adler was leaving for an unidentified job at WBUR-FM, I assumed she'd be part of the remaking of WBUR's "Radio Boston," which is about to become a daily rather than a weekly program--and I began whipping up a blog post.
It turns out, though, that my friend and former colleague Dan Kennedy was several steps ahead of me.
Update: To her credit, Globe metro editor Jennifer Peter acknowledges that the paper should have explained this story's origins. "The Globe
has been vigilant in giving credit to news organizations," she says via email, "and--in hindsight--we wish we had done so in this case as well."
If you read Media Nation, the blog written by my friend and former colleague Dan Kennedy (who's also a assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a regular panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press"), you know that Dan was personally responsible for getting would-be US Congressman Bill Hudak--who has some pretty extreme views about President Barack Obama--to retract his claim that he'd been endorsed by US Senator Scott Brown.
Back in December, I wrote that former Boston Newspaper Guild head Dan Totten's quest to get his job back could be undercut by a Department of Labor audit--which found that multiple violations of the federal Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act had occurred on Totten's watch. But I wasn't able to obtain the audit itself.
Condolences to my close personal friend Dan Kennedy, who lost out to Wired's Clive Thompson in the Best Commentary-Digital category at this year's Mirror Awards.
Of course, it's an honor just to be nominated....
My close personal friend Dan Kennedy suggests that the Times Co.'s proposed 23 percent pay cut for Boston Newspaper Guild members will unify the union--kind of like management's late-breaking math error did last week.
I've got a different take. The pay-cut proposal strikes me as the Times Co.'s way of saying: You won't compromise on lifetime-job guarantees? Here's what your intransigence will get you.
I'll be joining Emily Rooney, Joe Sciacca, Callie Crossley, and my close personal friend Dan Kennedy tonight on Greater Boston's Beat the Press. Our topic? The Globe crisis, natch. Please tune in if you can.
--The Herald reports that the Globe is raising the price of its print edition, to $1.50 on weekdays/Saturdays (outside of eastern MA) and to $3.50 ($4 outside of Eastern MA) on Sundays. The people who made this decision have financial skills I can't claim. But how will this not exacerbate the migration of (formerly) paying print readers to the web?
Dan Kennedy offers five proposals for Morrissey Boulevard, including making Boston.com the primary news vehicle (rather than the newspaper) and finding a way to get a whole lot more out of Metro Boston.
I'm not sure about Dan's second suggestion, which involves a steep increase in print-edition prices--he mentions $2 for weekdays and $5 for Sunday--and an accompanying push to add value for print purchasers and subscribers.
...But Gayle and Laura, you're full of shit!
Quoth said Gals in their Herald column today:
Both Dan Kennedy of Media Nation and The Phoenix’s Adam Reilly got worked up this week over 24/7 Wall Street’s inclusion of the B.B. on a list of the 10 newspapers most likely to go belly up in the coming year. (The Globe rang in at No.
As Dan Kennedy has already noted, Time didn't predict the Globe's demise--and there's reason to question the dire assessment of the actual predictor, Wall Street 24/7's Douglas McIntyre.
Here are a couple more points worth noting about McIntyre's forecast. I emailed him yesterday to ask what methodology he'd used in compiling his list; whether the numbers assigned to various papers actually meant anything (i.
Truth is no defense against a charge of libel. Or at least, not much of one.
That, Dan Kennedy suggests, is the implication of this decision, issued last week by the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals. And Dan isn't the only one making the argument: here, for example, is Mass. Newspaper Publishers Association executive director Robert Ambrogi making a similar point.
Even though I'm on Chuck Turner's press-enemies list, I'd like to congratulate the city councilor for goading the Feds into a laughable effort to violate his First Amendment rights. Still more evidence, I think, that Turner's PR campaign is working surprisingly well.
As Universal Hub's Adam Gaffin notes, there's rich irony in the government's contention that Turner shouldn't be able to selectively cite evidence to defend himself.
If you're confused about whether Boston might lay off 200 police officers or not, I urge you to check out Dan Kennedy's deconstruction
of the Globe and Herald's duelling treatments of the subject. As Dan
notes, this is partly a political story and partly a media one--and
despite the Herald's bluster (online headline:"Riled mayor Thomas M.
That's the most important point of this Globe business update. If Connors is telling the truth, then the Financial Times got it wrong.
The second most important point is Herald publisher Pat Purcell's statement that he, too, is uninterested in the Globe.
Please note that multiple versions of the FT story have appeared in the past few days.
According to one school of thought, GateHouse's decision to challenge Boston.com's "Your Town" approach in court merits utter contempt. As a commenter on Universal Hub said: "This is a clear case of a bunch of morons who skipped that "Internet
101" class in business school, and now they're pissed because people
aren't going through their website the way THEY want them to."