Media and Journalism

Are the vultures circling the Herald?

Are the vultures circling the Herald?

McGovern offers glimpse of Digital First’s approach

BOB MCGOVERN OFFERS the first inside glimpse of what’s left of the Boston Herald after the newspaper’s purchase by Digital First Media — and it isn’t pretty. McGovern, who covered legal matters for the tabloid, left the Herald on Friday and on Monday published a somewhat rambling account of the newspaper’s plunge into bankruptcy and(...)

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What’s Digital First going to do next?

What’s Digital First going to do next?

Pushback and spending cuts increase throughout Digital First properties

The chaos at the Denver Post may be spreading to other Digital First Media properties, including those in Massachusetts. Chuck Plunkett, who resigned last week as the editor of the Post’s editorial page, said in an op-ed in Rolling Stone that Digital First, which is owned by the hedge fund Alden Global Capital, “is actively(...)

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What’s Digital First going to do next?

The chaos at the Denver Post may be spreading to other Digital First Media properties, including those in Massachusetts. Chuck Plunkett, who resigned last week as the editor of the Post’s editorial page, said in an op-ed in Rolling Stone that Digital First, which is owned by the hedge fund Alden Global Capital, “is actively(...)

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THIS ISSUE CAME TOGETHER much like past issues. We came up with our story ideas and reported them out. We recruited freelancers to research and write other stories. And we assigned photographers to take pictures. We spent a lot of time putting the magazine together while continuing to write stories for the CommonWealth website, and(...)

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WHEN I CAME to work at CommonWealth in late 2008, we had four reporters putting out a print magazine four times a year. Today, nine years later, the print magazine still goes out four times a year. But we also post stories and commentary on a daily basis on the CommonWealth website. We send out(...)

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How John Henry ended up buying the Globe for nothing

How John Henry ended up buying the Globe for nothing

By selling some assets, billionaire got what he wanted at no cost

IT TOOK A LITTLE LONGER than he planned, but John Henry managed to purchase the Boston Globe and a new printing facility in Taunton for nothing. Henry, a billionaire who also owns the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool Football Club, started the ball rolling in October 2013, paying The New York Times Co. $70(...)

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Sources: Beacon Hill encounters cost Globe reporter his job

Sources: Beacon Hill encounters cost Globe reporter his job

Alleged incidents followed internal sexual harassment complaint at newspaper

A PROMINENT BOSTON GLOBE State House reporter, who was the subject of an internal sexual harassment complaint, was forced out last month after reporters and editors at the paper learned he allegedly initiated inappropriate communications with women who work on Beacon Hill, who were fearful of rebuffing his advances outright because of his position, say(...)

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Healey: Governor not subject to public records law

Healey: Governor not subject to public records law

Rejects Boston Globe request for documents

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY  ruled on Friday that the office of the governor is not subject to the Massachusetts public records law, confirming the long-standing position of Gov. Charlie Baker and his predecessors. “We conclude that documents in the possession of the governor or the governor’s office are not records that must be disclosed under(...)

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