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  • September 22, 2005
    By webteam
    Today's Boston Herald tried to deal with it in a joke, or more accurately, a riddle.

    But it's a big deal when a paper breaks with tradition to sell its first ad (a Sovereign Bank spot) on the previously sacrosanct turf of page 1. There are a few telltale signs in today's Herald story on that milestone that the paper is a bit defensive about the move.

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  • September 22, 2005
    By webteam
    The editor's note in today's Alex Beam column in the Globe would seem to go pretty far toward meeting Bill Koch's demand for an apology and retraction for Beam's Aug. 9 column that prompted a barely disguised threat of a libel suit.

    To recap our story, Koch, the multimillionare whose collection of art adorns the MFA's "Things I Love" show, was angered by the unflattering Aug.

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  • September 22, 2005
    By webteam
    If you want to know why Boston Common magazine -- the glitzy chronicler of Boston's rich and moderately famous that finally arrived yesterday after much hype -- probably won't win any awards from the Columbia School of Journalism, this Alex Beam column in Tuesday's Globe will explain.

    Now that the fat and happy 352-page debut edition is here, let's review some numbers from the issue.

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  • September 21, 2005
    By webteam
    Amid some serious hoopla, including a press conference, Boston's Viacom TV duopoly of CBS4 and UPN38 announced today that former Patriot linebacker Ted Johnson will be coming aboard as a sports analyst.

    His official duties are described in the press release thusly: "As CBS4/UPN 38 Sports Analyst, Johnson will be a regular contributor to CBS4 Sports' "New England Ford Dealers Patriots Game Day" which airs Sundays at 11:30AM on CBS4, as well as "New England Ford Dealers Patriots Fifth Quarter" which airs either on CBS4 or UPN 38 depending on game schedules (times TBA), and "Sports Final" on CBS4 Sundays at 11:30PM."

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  • September 21, 2005
    By webteam
    Wikipedia defines schadenfreude as "pleasure taken from someone else's misfortune" and you can detect some of that in today's Boston Herald story reporting on The New York Times Co. cutbacks that will end up costing about three dozen jobs in The Boston Globe newsroom.

    In vivid prose, reporter Jay Fitzgerald writes about the loss of a "staggering 500 jobs companywide," a "planned bloodletting," that "cast a pall over the Globe's newsroom" and worried Globe journalists gathering "in clusters throughout the sprawling newsroom."

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  • September 20, 2005
    By webteam
    More bad news from the corporate headquarters of the NY Times Co., which today announced impending "staff reductions" that will affect about 500 employees, including about three dozen people who work in The Boston Globe newsroom.

    When the Times Co. announced back in May that it was eliminating nearly 200 positions -- with about 130 cuts at the New York Times itself and the rest spread between the Globe and Worcester Telegram & Gazette -- the Globe newsroom escaped nearly unscathed, losing only a handful of student support staff positions and being told not to fill three vacant editorial jobs.

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  • September 19, 2005
    By webteam
    Well, somebody at The Boston Globe likes Bill Koch's exhbit at the Museum of Fine Arts and it turns out to be the paper's versatile critic Ed Siegel.

    As you may know, Koch, the multi-millionaire (or billionaire) businessman, America's Cup winner and art collector, is demanding an apology and retraction for an Aug. 9 Alex Beam column in the Globe and making noise like he's going to sue if he doesn't get satisfaction.

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  • September 16, 2005
    By webteam
    Okay, this isn't really about the media. But since this sex survey was so widely reported today, I can't help myself.

    Given the evidence that young people don't appear to view oral sex in the same way as intercourse, does Bill Clinton's infamous line -- "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky" -- now seem prescient?
  • September 16, 2005
    By webteam
    You might want Tom Friedman to be the next U.S. Secretary of State. And the idea of meeting Maureen Dowd for a few drinks and some gossip swapping sounds like fun. But would you pay to read them -- and others -- online?

    That's the gamble The New York Times takes starting Monday with its TimesSelect service that will cost $50 bucks a year to folks who aren't Times home subscribers.

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  • September 16, 2005
    By webteam
    Of course, no bad deed goes unrewarded. The resume- embellishing Mr. Severin is about to go national according to this Globe story. (See previous Media Log post.)
  • September 16, 2005
    By webteam
    Boston Globe op-ed columnist Scot Lehigh (in the interests of full disclosure, a friend) and WTKK-FM "Extreme Games" talker/ranter Jay Severin just plain don't like each other.

    And their heated public battles have quite a history to them.

    Now I've got a dog in this fight. Given a faceoff between an intelligent newspaper columnist and a ratings-driven radio shouter, I'll take the former 99 times out of 100.



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  • September 16, 2005
    By webteam
    This was all too predictable. Jillian Bandes, the student journalist (gulp!) fired after penning an infantile column calling for "all Arabs to be stripped naked and cavity-searched if they get within 100 yards of an airport," may be on her way to becoming a celebrated conservative poster girl for the evils of so-called "poltical correctness."

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  • September 15, 2005
    By webteam
    Boy, don't we long for those bygone days when college students got in trouble for swallowing goldfish, conducting panty raids and cramming too many people into a phone booth? Or even for those later days when they wreaked havoc by taking over university buildings, battling with ROTC recruiters and rioting at Dead concerts?

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  • September 15, 2005
    By webteam
    Sharp-eyed media observers may have noticed a new-but-familiar name writing an Urban Diary column in last weekend's Boston Globe's Sunday regional editions -- Beverly Beckham.

    For years a fixture on the Herald's op-ed page, Beckham's style of homey and very personal (some would say schmaltzy) writing is designed to get readers to break out the Kleenex -- and may or may not be your cup of tea.

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  • September 15, 2005
    By webteam
    Bob Giles was expected to be a status quo-style placeholder when he got the prestigious job of running the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University five years ago. Instead, his tenure has been marked by changes, controversy, and his unshakeable self-confidence. Read "Surprise at Harvard" in this week's Boston Phoenix.
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