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By adamg - 1/12/22 - 2:13 pm

The Gannett-owned MetroWest Daily News and Milford Daily News announced today they are halting publication of their Saturday print editions on March 5. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/21 - 4:17 pm
Headline from 2054

When Gannett shut the Allston/Brighton/West Roxbury/Roslindale Transcript Tab in print a couple weeks back, it said readers could keep getting their news online.

Boy, howdy, they weren't kidding: The site is now providing news that hasn't even happened yet, and won't for another 33 years: Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/21 - 3:01 pm
Announcement of the end of the Transcript Tab

GateHouse's Transcript Tab, smushed together out of two papers in 2019 to serve two sets of Boston neighborhoods with little in common, has sighed its last and quietly disappeared into the pages of history. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/19 - 11:11 am

Bob Sprague of Arlington reports GateHouse has found a new way to make money: Have people sign up for 52-weeks subscriptions to its newspapers, then tell them, oopsies, we're ending your subscriptions several months early, so send us more money.

By adamg - 8/5/19 - 4:39 pm

USA Today reports the owner of GateHouse Media, which owns many of the Boston area's newspapers, will buy Gannett, then rename GateHouse as Gannett.

Meanwhile, the Boston Business Journal reports newsroom and many business-side employees at the Globe will stage a brief walkout tomorrow to protest the way contract talks are going.

By adamg - 3/16/17 - 6:20 pm

The MetroWest Daily News reports from down the hall from its printing plant on New York Avenue in Framingham that its corporate parent GateHouse is shutting the plant down to save money. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/16 - 11:19 pm
Barely 200 people pay for the Transcript in Roslindale

A reader of GateHouse's Transcript took a look at the annual circulation form in the paper the other week and was shocked to see how few people now take the paper: In a neighborhood of roughly 30,000 people - about 12,000 households - barely more than 200 people now subscribe (and only 8 people bought it at a newsstand).

By adamg - 8/31/16 - 11:08 am

And not just because they're laying off more people. Dan Kennedy reports that in addition to shrinking the staff, again, GateHouse New England has decided it no longer likes the word "reporter." He quotes from a muckymuck's memo:

Accompanying our reorg will be new job titles (and descriptions!) that better describe the role of a multimedia journalist or editor in 2016. For instance, reporters use a burgeoning bag of tools to create multi-layered multimedia stories. Although “reporter” is tried and true, it’s important to signal our dramatic shift in newsgathering, both to our internal and external audiences. Please see your EIC - soon to be known as a Regional Director of News & Operations - for additional details.

EIC is, of course, "editor in chief," so looks like no role at GateHouse for Perry White or J. Jonah Jameson, either.

By adamg - 8/6/16 - 9:41 am

Dan Kennedy reports GateHouse Media, which owns most of the suburban papers in eastern Massachusetts, is offering buyouts to workers.

By adamg - 4/13/16 - 8:09 pm

CommonWealth reports the city of Quincy rejected a bid by GateHouse, which owns the Quincy Patriot Ledger, for a city contract to do some rah-rah marketing about how wonderful Quincy is.

Christopher Walker, [Mayor Tom] Koch’s director of policy and information and a former reporter for the Patriot Ledger, said the mayor was concerned about ethical conflicts if the owner of the city’s major newspaper went to work promoting the image of the municipality.

By adamg - 3/28/16 - 8:02 am

Dan Kennedy reports GateHouse Media has begun sending subscribers to its weekly newspapers a new magazine-ish thing - and then adding the cost of it to their bills, which means their subscriptions start running out sooner. And because many subscribers have their bills set to auto-renew, they might not even notice what's going on.

By adamg - 12/14/15 - 10:47 am

Robert Ambrogi ponders the news that GateHouse Media, best known locally for its ownership of local weekly newspapers (with a few dailies in the mix) has bought the company that owns Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

By adamg - 3/20/12 - 9:00 am

CommonWealth details the suburban media chain's latest financial filings, which warn of possible bankruptcy but reassure us that should that happen, the top two executives - one of them our own Kirk Davis - will get nice severance packages.

By adamg - 11/10/11 - 3:34 pm

Dan Kennedy reports GateHouse Media has "streamlined" Greg Reibman out of his job as publisher of its 17 Boston-area newspapers and Wicked Local sites and vice president of its 160-site Wicked Local online network. Kennedy writes:

This strikes me as an incredibly shortsighted move.

By adamg - 6/24/10 - 6:12 pm

David Ertischek, editor of GateHouse's West Roxbury and Roslindale Transcript, is leaving to become editor of Patch's soon-to-emerge West Roxbury site. He joins Neal Simpson, who stopped covering Brookline for GateHouse so he could start covering it for Patch.

Ed. note: You have to read the Transcript's story about Ertischek leaving. Seems nobody else was available to do it, so he wrote it himself.

By adamg - 6/13/10 - 10:50 pm

AOL's Patch hyperlocal network is advertising jobs for editors of new sites in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown and the South End, as well as all of Boston, according to postings on the AOL corporate site.

The incursion is a full scale attack on, well, almost nobody, since boston.com has yet to set up a single Your Town hyperlocal site in the city it's named for. The South End News does have a longstanding site, unlike the Back Bay Courant, which doesn't get this InterWebs thing.

By adamg - 4/16/10 - 8:05 am


Wicked Local

Your Town

Patch, AOL's attempt at a national network of community sites, recently went live in Needham, giving that town's online news consumers three different places to read about Peter Smulowitz and the guy charged with trying to kill his young child - whom Wicked Local says is a girl, Boston.com's Your Town says is a boy and Patch says is a child.

All three sites are very similar in what they seem to be doing: News, sports, calendar listings, information about the town (Patch helpfully notes which officials are "important officials"). In other words: Recreating a traditional weekly community newspaper, from back in the day when stuff like that was called "local" insteady of "hyperlocal." Wicked Local and Your Town have more depth at this point, having been around longer, and their writing is a lot more polished. Wicked Local is bloggier, Patch makes its employees volunteer in the town and is encouraging local folks to generate some user content (i.e., write for free), Your Town links to stuff on other sites (and has what appears to be dead forums - the most recent post was from almost two months ago).

Ultimately, of course, the question is whether even a well off town like Needham can support three full-time Web sites - are there enough advertisers who want to reach those 30,000 people?

If you live in Needham, how do you get your local news these days?

By adamg - 4/4/10 - 2:14 pm

Neal Simpson, who's spent the past three years covering Brookline for the Tab and Wicked Local, sent out e-mail today to announce he'll be working for Patch, which is taking on GateHouse and Globe YourTown sites in Boston's leafier suburbs. He promises Brookline Patch will be "stocked with breaking news, local info and plenty of opportunities for you to get involved."

By adamg - 3/6/10 - 1:05 pm

Yeah, so? We're talking about Kathy Carr, wife of Man of the People Carr, who penned a hate letter to Wellesley parents. Why Wellesley? Oh, that's where the Carrs live. What? You expected they lived in Dorchester or Chelsea?

By adamg - 1/14/10 - 6:02 pm

Greg Reibman, publisher of GateHouse New England's Boston-area papers, explains how the chain is trying to prevent a recurrence of last week's Cambridge Chronicle front page. He says it was strictly unintentional, but that he's looking at just banning certain types of sticky-note ads, including those from liquor stores.

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