Globe editors and reporters to deliver papers

UPDATE: See the memo from the reporters' union.

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Globe reporter on vacation ...

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No paper for me

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Still no paper here in W. Roxbury, this makes it a full week.

The Globe's Delivery Issue page is broken again, and I can't report the missed paper there.

The customer service phone line sends you to a fast busy signal when you try to cancel your subscription.

I'm glad the reporters went out and delivered the papers, but this is pathetic. At least let me cancel and refund my money!

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Can I get

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Scot Lehigh deliver mine? He can come in and we can argue about charter schools.

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This will be a new experience

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This will be a new experience for many of them. Going out into the communities and discovering stories first hand.

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Already very sick of

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Their self congratulations. The reporters are doing the right thing.

But they lose my admiration really fast if they continue to crow about how awesome they are for doing so.

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On the one hand, I have more

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On the one hand, I have more respect for someone who screws up and then does the right thing to take responsibility and fix their screwups, than people who never screw up to begin with.

OTOH, gloating about how responsible you are for fixing your mistakes is going to make that respect evaporate. Get over yourself.

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they didn't cause it.

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Not a single reporter or editor had any hand in causing the problems, so they are NOT fixing their own mistakes, they are helping fix the distribution problem. Get over YOUR self, anon.

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I agree with you, but

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As a corporate entity, the Globe screwed up. Depending on reporters to deliver the paper just shows how screwed up things are.

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Why aren't they just using

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Why aren't they just using the same people that deliver Globe Direct. They don't seem to ever miss a delivery

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I have very fond memories of

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I have very fond memories of my 2-3 year paperboy career in my early teens. They'll have fun, unless it's sleet/freezing rain at 5 AM on a Sunday morning and they have to assemble the advertisement inserts to go with the morning paper. Being wet and cold down to your bones before your morning even begins really puts "hot off the press" in a fresh perspective.

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Been there too

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I was a paperboy for 3 years. The worst was in winter with freezing temps with snow falling and the customers wanted the paper on their doorstep instead of in a mailbox near the street. The Globies will be lucky it'll be a clear night. Have to say those three years taught me that I had to be punctual and reliable every day....traits that I still carry today at the office.

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The winters were the worst,

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The winters were the worst, and this was in Upstate NY blizzard-country. One of my "customers" was a sweet old woman who paid me to shovel her driveway while I was on my route. The $20 she gave me for the trouble was almost more than I made the entire week.

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So, 65+ delivering to Newton alone

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It makes you wonder how many people were delivering to the Garden City for the past 6 days. And how many more towns would be getting their papers tomorrow if the staff was at 1990s levels.

In defense of the boring broadsheet, my paper came by 8 this morning. Of course, I cancelled the paper last month over the GD issue and am only playing out the string, but whatever.

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Still

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If having the people who create content during the day deliver the papers at night is part of your business plan, however did John Henry and company ever make a dime?

And Liverpool lost at West Ham today.

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Asinine

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That's nice of the reporters and such, but really, why the hell is this necessary? John Henry should resolve the fucking issue immediately as he is the boss. The decision was stupid. They keep referring to correcting issues with the old delivery system - which very rarely failed (in my experience).

Obviously the decision was to cut expenses and they didn't plan properly or are purposely trying to get people to just switch over to paying for a digital subscription and bag the hardcopy. Problem being that the quality in general has been sliding so much recently (both in terms of format -- that Saturday flyer? and content - Shirley Leung and general typos and errors) that actual on-time delivery of a hardcopy paper was one of the only reasons I was keeping the damned thing!

From a business perspective this is an epic failure.

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Right On

I don't see anything heroic about this. It's idiotic that beat reporters are going to deliver papers because their management decided to cut a critical aspect of the business. The reporters are voluntary giving up their time so that the management can make more money!

Call me when John Henry decides to play paperboy.

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blargh

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John W. Henry != Arthur T. Demoulas

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Copy-editing

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Copy-editing died, years ago, for all online newspapers. I can't remember the last time I didn't see an article online without some glaring typo, speling [sic] error, or grammar mistake. These content companies have to pinch out their content and hit the flush — er, I mean publish button — within seconds or risk getting scooped by someone else, or having their attention-span-of-a-fly readers go elsewhere. The old 24-hour "news cycle" is something like 5 minutes nowadays.

Here is an apropos article about how people read nowadays.

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Reporter gets egged

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It would be nice

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If a few of these reporters and editors talked about the drivers who had jobs delivering the Globe until last Sunday. You know, instead of just talking about themselves.

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You know what would be better

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Actual reporting about this fiasco.

If the editorial side had any balls, there'd be a lot more reporting about this. I have dreams of an article where John Henry and/or whoever decided that this was a good idea are asked the questions a lot of people would like to know the answer to.

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Laughing

At these reporters being mostly laughs and smiles because they're effectively going on a 'field trip' in somebody elses shoes.

PCF, the company that handled this stuff prior, did more than just organize deliveries of the papers. They also employed a lot of people in a call center doing marketing for the paper as well, located in Waltham right by the Cosco.

I guess it is good for the people who want their papers delivered but when I see reporters doing this all I can think of is the people that actually WANT to be out there doing this, and have been for years and years.

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Globe, 1 for 7

Yes, today both the Sunday Globe and Times arrived this a.m. in JP. Fingers crossed that it will continue.

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