Media

By - 2/23/16 - 6:03 pm

Just one day after WCVB announced the over-caffeinated Ed Harding and 10 o'clock doyenne Maria Stephanos would anchor a new 10 o'clock newscast, 10 o'clock pioneer WFXT dropped a news bomb and announced it was going to launch a newscast at 4 p.m., with Elizabeth Hopkins and Blair Miller at the anchor desk and Kevin Lemanowicz on weather.

So who's going to be first with a 3 p.m. newscast?

By - 2/22/16 - 5:49 pm

New England One reports WCVB is launching an hourlong newscast at 10 p.m. on its MeTV subchannel, anchored by Maria Stephanos, who used to do the 10 o'clock news at Channel 25, and Ed Harding, who apparently just lives at the Channel 5 studios.

By - 2/21/16 - 1:12 pm

Last month, as you may recall, a syndicated columnist the Globe runs got caught sincerely answering a question based on a Seinfeld episode. Somebody tried the same shtik on Miss Conduct, but she was having none of it (second question).

By - 2/20/16 - 1:09 pm

The Washington Post reports a PAC supporting Ted Cruz is using snippets of an interview of Donald Trump by Bay Windows' Sue O'Connell to snarl about Trump to South Carolina voters. The robocall accuses O'Connell of wanting to force people to make cakes for her.

By - 2/18/16 - 11:10 am

New England One reports WHDH is joining WCVB in adding a 7 p.m. newscast, so you can catch up on all the news you missed at 4:30 , 5, 5:30 and 6.

By - 2/12/16 - 7:27 pm

UPDATE: Lawsuit dismissed.

A Chelsea family who claims reporter Michele McPhee ruined their lives by linking them to Dzokhar Tsarnaev and Islamic jihadists after the Boston Marathon bombings has sued McPhee, media outlets that picked up her account and a noted Islamaphobe in federal court.

In the lawsuit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, the Umarov family is seeking $5 million in compensation and another $100 million in punitive damages from the defendants. Read more.

By - 2/6/16 - 11:34 am
Boston Courant to go out of business

In a front-page message to readers this week, Boston Courant owners David Jacobs and Gen Tracy say they lost a wrongful-termination lawsuit by a former employee and that: Read more.

By - 2/1/16 - 3:30 pm

WCVB announced today that Maria Stephanos will start co-anchoring its 11 p.m. and new 7 p.m. newscasts with, of course, Ed Harding, on Thursday. Read more.

By - 1/30/16 - 10:30 am

Larry Davidson, who teaches math at Weston High School, reports a fellow teacher used the Globe's delivery problems, in particular, the new delivery company's inability to develop good routes for carriers, to develop a lesson plan:

The biggest issue was the “traveling salesman problem”: trying to find the most efficient route through a large number of locations. We simulated the problem by asking each group to find the shortest path to deliver papers to all their homes (as well as a couple of other sites). Since we couldn’t have realistically large groups, we at least were able to add interest and complexity by ensuring that each group contained a mixture of Weston and Boston students. There’s no perfect general solution, but we were able to compare different options.

By - 1/25/16 - 12:02 pm

An alert Globe reader alerts us about today's Ask Amy column, specifically, the second question, which reads:

I recently ran into a famous local sports figure at my gym.

Read more.

By - 1/22/16 - 1:10 pm

WBZ reports on Chayet's 10,000th "Looking at the Law" episode, which aired today.

By - 1/19/16 - 6:01 pm

Bulletin Newspapers of Hyde Park, which publishes newspapers from Norwood into Boston, is ending its longstanding policy of only making PDFs of its issues available to subscribers. Starting today, the chain is posting stories on its Web site.

People who did subscribe for the PDFs will get pro-rated refunds.

By - 1/17/16 - 1:18 pm

The Globe Magazine this week is all about weddings, with the centerpiece a trend story about how millennial weddings are different from earlier weddings, because millennials incorporate personal touches and little reminders of their lives into their ceremonies and even gowns, unlike their older sisters and mothers - and they're rejecting the big, expensive weddings of the past, as exemplified by one couple getting married at this little, obscure place called the Copley Plaza.

By - 1/16/16 - 9:07 pm
Special issue of the East Boston Community News

The Northeastern University library has started digitizing copies of the East Boston Community News. They recently uploaded copies from 1971. You can look at individual copies of the newspaper or search for specific topics.

By - 1/16/16 - 9:40 am

The Globe itself gives us an anatomy of the home-delivery disaster, and reveals, for the first time, that John Henry visited one of those distribution centers:

"It's 6,400 papers," he said, grimly, to no one in particular.

Meanwhile, crickets quietly chirp at the timid tabloid, where the last story about the Globe, on Dec. 11, was about its move to a downtown office building.

By - 1/15/16 - 1:18 pm

Dan Kennedy reports the Globe reporters' union has filed a formal grievance with management over the fact that the newsroom at John Henry's new Stat biotech joint is not unionized.

Earlier:
Globe reporters back to delivering papers.
Globe editors and reporters to deliver papers.

By - 1/14/16 - 9:56 am
Pam Cross

News One reports on Pam Cross's departure after 35 years at the station.

The Emerson graduate's leaving comes just as the station is debuting a new 4:30 p.m. newscast that will feature 24 stories in just 12 minutes (presumably all read by Ed Harding after he inhales a couple balloons' worth of helium).

By - 1/13/16 - 4:12 pm

Aviva Chomsky discusses what happened to Globe deliverers in the Lynn area when the paper switched distribution companies: The new company ditched accident insurance, forced the deliverers it did take on to handle longer routes and decreased the per-paper fee they got. Also:

At the old distribution center in Lynn, they folded and bagged their papers inside the facility, with plenty of light, tables, and access to bathrooms. In Woburn, they are forced to do it outdoors in the icy darkness, or awkwardly inside their cars.

By - 1/12/16 - 7:47 am
Thunder the dog waits for the Globe

DM Nelson reports Thunder's morning job used to be to go out to the driveway and retrieve the morning Globe. But now, "he's ready to file for unemployment."