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  • April 30, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Earlier today, I got an email from a Globe staffer noting that my list (scroll down) of reporters and writers taking the latest buyout offer was incomplete. I was going to try again--but the Herald's Christine McConville beat me to it, compiling by far most comprehensive run-down yet on the latest Globe exodus.

    Some of the names McConville cites were first reported elsewhere.

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  • April 30, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Carol Beggy, one half of the Globe's Names column, will be taking a buyout and leaving the paper. Here's how Beggy explained her move in an email to the Phoenix:

    [M]y decision to leave was a difficult one and was made at the most personal level. It's a good time for me to be moving on. Period. I would hate for anyone to think it's a reflection of this paper or our editors.


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  • April 29, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Here, according to Boston magazine's brand-spankin'-new power issue, are the most powerful journalists in town:

    In the top fifty, we've got Globe editor Marty Baron (10), Globe columnist Joan Vennochi (tied for 41), WBUR general manager Paul La Camera (44), and Herald publisher Pat Purcell (tied for 47).

    Update: The rest of BoMag's list--which, I should emphasize, was determined by votes from a select group of said powerful people themselves--has been updated and simplified.

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  • April 24, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Twenty-three buyouts and no layoffs. That's the gist of an email from Globe editor Marty Baron, on the culmination of the paper's latest buyout offer, that was posted on Romenesko earlier today.

    Citing privacy concerns, Baron declines to identify the buyout recipients. "While some of you may wish to see a list of those taking the buyout," he writes, "I have chosen not to release one out of respect for employees who prefer not to have their names widely disseminated."

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  • April 24, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    That would be Johnny Diaz, speaking less than enthusiastically about the way his paper--and other Boston news organizations--have covered the Goldklank Affair. An excerpt from a posting yesterday on Diaz's personal blog, Beantown Cuban:
    Yesterday, I had to contribute to today's Globe story which was anchored by two Metro reporters who had the state police reports of the incident.

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  • April 24, 2008
    By Carly Carioli

    In which I ponder why the same man who communicated so well as a candidate has communicated so poorly as governor.



  • April 22, 2008
    By Adam Reilly




    Every journalist makes a mistake every now and then--and it's incredibly frustrating. (I speak from personal experience.) Recent case in point: David Barstow's small error in his fine NY Times expose of Pentagon military-analyst manipulation, which will now be noted forever in cyberspace.

    Rarely, though, do we make as many many mistakes in one place as the unfortunate Robert Berkvist did in his recent Times obituary for Charlton Heston.





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  • April 21, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Today, the Times's Adam Nagourney makes a case for the legitimacy of last week's much-reviled ABC Democratic debate. It had its weaknesses, Nagourney concedes, but it wasn't really that bad. Here's his argument in a nutshell:

    Mr. Obama’s association with Mr. Ayers, or his decision to continue to attend services at his church, or his remark about bitter working-class voters, are isolated episodes that may say little about Mr.


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  • April 14, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Get today's issue while you can, because Boston Now is no longer publishing.

    Russel Pergament, the paper's architect, just confirmed the cessation of Boston Now's operations. A press release is going out this afternoon; I'll post it when I get it.

    UPDATE: The official explanation posted at Boston Now's Web site follows; after you read it, be sure to check out Joe Keohane's pointed rebuttal at Boston magazine's Boston Daily blog.



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  • April 11, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Today's Boston Now cover story on the ongoing battle between the Church of Scientology and Anonymous isn't quite as bad as the paper's June 2007 homage to a Scientology-based tutoring center in Roxbury. But it's close.

    Here's one problem: the article's online version features a transcript of an interview that senior reporter James O'Brien did with the Rev.

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  • April 11, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Today's iteration of Slate features a slideshow based on The Soiling of Old Glory, Louis Masur's new book on the Stanley Forman photograph (shown above) that cemented Boston's reputation as a racist city. Take a look. There's a lot of interesting material there--including the fact that the editors of the old Boston Herald American considered not running the photo in question.

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  • April 02, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Through April 10. Though I may return earlier if the NYT Co. decides to sell the Globe. Or even if Mike Barnicle joins the staff of WBUR.

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