Last night, I spoke to some graduate journalism students at Northeastern about, well, things such as Universal Hub. I told them there's a big opportunity for folks like them in non-traditional media because mainstream media, at least in Boston, just misses so much.
I asked them if they'd heard of Rodrick Taylor. Nobody raised their hands. Then I asked them if they'd heard of Neil... Read more
Yvonne Abraham files a nice, simple, well told column on a Dorchester gangbanger who had an epiphany in jail and now is trying to get his life straight in college. Peter Gelzinis expresses angst about the really important things in life, but gets too tied up in knots and his head explodes in a paroxysm of random thoughts - at one point he... Read more
On Friday, the front page of the Globe's City & Region section featured a color photo of Neil Entwistle crying and a long story about how distressed he was to see video of his dead wife and daughter (the online version has video for you to enjoy).
You had to turn the page to see one-paragraph rewrites of press releases from the DA's... Read more
In other words, did it just hire Casey Ross away from the Herald?
UPDATE: Yes, yes it did; but he won't be covering transportation.
UPDATE: They've fixed it online.
Hilary Chabot starts a Herald story today like this:
It was a game-changing moment no Celts fan could forget - Kevin McHale clotheslining L.A. Lakers bruiser Kurt Rambis in Game 7 of the heated 1984 playoffs.
Ben Alper imagines its first letter about Lincoln's address at Gettysburg:
Hey Abe, where's my property tax relief? â€“ Josiah, Woburn
... My instinct tells me it's the Herald capitalizing on the publicity that this whole incident has generated. Tony writes angry column. Fans can't help but read it. They respond by commenting and talking about it with others. More papers are purchased. More ads... Read more
This Sunday, there's going to be a "Man Up for Liquarry Jefferson Accountability March" from Grove Hall to City Hall, to try to get black men to take more responsibility for stopping violence in inner-city Boston (starts at 11 a.m.; it's named for the little boy shot by a cousin with an illegal gun a family member left lying around).
I didn't read about... Read more
Bruce Allen tries to sort out the whole issue involving the Herald Patriots reporter and what did or didn't happen in New Orleans in 2002.
Dare to complain about how Howie Carr called in a column about how awful the Marathon is? You'll do it on your own site, the Herald tells Tai Irwin, scrubbing its own Web pages clean of the former 'FNX jock's Tai-Rade blog (his blog URL now only brings up "Sorry, no posts matched your criteria").
Firefighters demand respect from media following months of stories involving alleged drug use, federal probes, etc., etc.
What's interesting in comparing the stories by the Globe (above) and Herald is how the Globe explains that when firefighters started yelling how they are tired of being treated like "dogs" by the media, they were referring to a Herald editorial calling on the city... Read more
Apparently, the Herald has been scooping up stories up from Google News without checking to see if they're actually true. Editor vows to cut that right out, but in the meantime, if you picked up today's paper, no, Dick Cheney did not challenge Hillary Clinton to a hunting match.
The Globe didn't print the names, because it sponsored the event and printing the names would be a conflict of interest or something. The Herald, which has a blogger who complained about how the Globe didn't cover the event, is far more interested in investigating how much Deval Patrick's trip to New York cost ($472) than covering a bunch of high-school kids... Read more
David Wedge sexes up a story about local officials seeking lots of Prop. 2 1/2 overrides this year by gasping that Prop. 2 1/2 is "under siege."
No, Dave, it isn't. Prop. 2 1/2 has always had provisions for letting voters override its limits. It's a fundamental part of the law. And if it's part of the law, then it becomes stupid to write... Read more