John Carroll notes that while both papers with "Boston" in their name had stories yesterday about the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist (no, the paintings haven't been recovered), the Globe's was actually written by somebody on staff (grizzled veteran organized-crime reporter Shelley Murphy) while the Herald's story was outsourced from the Hartford Courant.
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Dan Kennedy reports the Boston Herald has apparently moved out of its Braintree offices and is now sharing space with the Lowell Sun - in Lowell. The former Herald offices in Braintree are now being used by a religious substance-abuse organization. As at many other papers, staffers have mostly been working remotely of late anyway.
CommonWealth Magazine reports the Herald yesterday laid off three reporters, two columnists and a photographer. Howie Carr still lists himself as "Columnist for @BostonHerald" on his Twitter feed, so we're assuming he wasn't one of the columnists.
The Boston Newspaper Guild reports 30 Herald reporters and photographers and circulation and advertising staffers will go without pay for between two and five weeks between Monday and June 30.
Dan Kennedy has the latest Herald carnage report.
CommonWealth's Michael Jonas tallied up the bylines in yesterday's Globe coverage of the murder of cabbie Luckinson Oruma in the Back Bay - nine reporters contributed. Even the Herald, which barely has a newsroom anymore, had three reporters on the story yesterday. Read more.
Yesterday, the Globe gave Cape and Islands DA Michael O'Keefe all the space he needed to sputter about (((George Soros))) and the true cause of all the crime in Boston today: Black kids in saggy pants who listen to the hip hop. Read more.
Wow, the newly invigorated Boston Herald is really punching up these days: Yesterday, it ran a shocking expose on how a newspaper that's been dead for six years, its archives now stored at Northeastern, used to run lots of ads for escort services. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal details her case, which includes allegations Digital First Media forced her to cut back on a second job even as it was letting male counterparts keep theirs and piling new responsibilities on her with no increase in compensation, unlike male counterparts who became eligible for new bonuses after the company picked up the paper in bankruptcy court.
CommonWealth reports the Herald's hedge-fund owners are laying off four ad-layout workers, two reporters and at least one person in IT. The ad jobs, at least, are being outsourced to Michigan.
Also, the paper has started a paywall for its Web site.
The New York Post reports the hedge fund that is now bleeding the Herald dry is looking to sell all its newspapers to Gannett (best known around here as the owner of USA Today). On a 1-10 scale, local media observer Dan Kennedy rates this deal as a 5.1 for the Herald, because it's not as if Gannett hasn't been squeezing its properties, either.
Herald editor gets more papers to oversee; Globe to hire more Washington reporters for the Post to poach
The Globe's Yvonne Abraham explains why she's been missing for the past four months: She was recovering from a concussion.
The Herald's Howie Carr, meanwhile, broke his elbow and wrist while bicycling early this morning.
Another round of layoffs at the tabloidette today, including Boston's best spot-news photographer, Mark Garfinkel (who'd been at the Herald for 25 years).
Dan Kennedy gets the scoop: The Boston Herald is moving its offices to Braintree - where the big win for the dwindling staff is the free parking (plus ready access to a Panera, a Dunkin' Donuts and, for the executives, a Legal Seafood).
CommonWealth surveys the latest damage to the once feisty tabloid.
Herald reporter Bob McGovern tallies the damage since a slash-and-burn owner took over at the Herald:
At one point the Herald encompassed two floors - now advertising and editorial are separated by a little more than 77 inches of carpet.
John Carroll provides the evidence.
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