Media and Journalism

Globe and Herald throw endorsement curves

Globe and Herald throw endorsement curves

Globe backs Libertarian for auditor; Herald supports Healey

YES, IT’S A FAIR QUESTION to ask how much influence newspaper endorsements have in an era of declining circulation — or to wonder how much sway they have ever had for that matter. But they’re still an interesting measure of the thinking on important election contests, and Boston’s two daily newspapers offer up some surprises(...)

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Globe on digital-print subscription seesaw

Globe on digital-print subscription seesaw

Online sales growing as print continues its decline

THE BOSTON GLOBE says its online subscription base is growing, but barely enough to offset declines in print sales. Over the last three years, the average number of Sunday print subscribers has declined by 44,466, while the average number of Sunday digital subscriptions has grown by 25,389. Daily print circulation fell by 21,876 over that(...)

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More cuts at the Herald

More cuts at the Herald

Tabloid lays off two photographers, half the sports desk

THE STRUGGLING BOSTON HERALD laid off about 20 more staffers Thursday, including at least two award-winning veteran photographers for a tabloid that thrives on pictures. Longtime photographer Mark Garfinkel posted on social media that he was let go after reporting for work Thursday morning. “Goodbye Boston Herald,” Garfinkel, a photographer at the paper for a(...)

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CommonWealth going all digital

CommonWealth going all digital

Quarterly print magazine ending as we focus exclusively on website

TODAY’S RELEASE of the print issue of CommonWealth will be our last. After surveying readers, consulting with board members of MassINC, and holding many discussions with my colleagues here at the magazine, I’ve decided we should stop printing the quarterly print magazine and focus all of our attention and resources on the CommonWealth website. The decision(...)

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NJ taxpayers to fund local journalism

NJ taxpayers to fund local journalism

$5m contained in last-minute budget compromise

NEW JERSEY POLITICAL LEADERS ended a four-month budget impasse on Sunday night just hours before the government was scheduled to shut down. Most news stories focused on the big political compromise: Instead of the millionaire tax sought by Gov. Philip Murphy, the budget included a new multimillionaire tax — a 10.75 percent tax rate on anyone earning(...)

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Globe’s day to dump news

Globe’s day to dump news

Friday release limited coverage of discredited columnist’s suspension

IT IS KNOWN by reporters as the “Friday news dump,” that time, often in the warm weather months, that officials release bad news late in the afternoon on the verge of a weekend to minimize attention. It has been the target of derision by many in the media. “Releasing bad, unflattering, or embarrassing news on(...)

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‘No bowtie needed’

‘No bowtie needed’

Ex-Herald ed page editor joins Globe ed board

POLITICS, as they say, makes strange bedfellows. Apparently, so does editorializing. Rachelle Cohen, the longtime editorial page editor at the Boston Herald, whose right-of-center voice stood in stark contrast to the progressive leanings of the Boston Globe, is now a “contributing member” of her old rival’s editorial board. Cohen, who left the tabloid in March(...)

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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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