Down in the basement of Boston City Hall, near an ATM and the entrance to the men's room, is a set of newspaper racks for Boston's free weekly newspapers - including an old Phoenix rack now used by the Dig.
The Dig is offering $500 in gift cards for information leading to the arrest, or just public shaming, of whoever is destroying its newsboxes in Downtown Crossing.
The announcement comes after years of pretty much every media outlet in town cutting back on arts coverage.
Jeff Lawrence, owner of the Dig, alerts readers he's getting ready to pass the paper onto "the next generation:"
One thing I’m considering very seriously, though, is selling the business to a non-profit and making the paper a not-for-profit venture. Not that it ever generated a profit anyway, but the idea that independent journalism should be free and unfettered from ad dollars is extremely appealing to me, and I imagine the reader as well.
The Dig tells Dan McCarthy it's not him, it's them:
"The decision to restructure our core operations and in the process temporarily eliminate the editor position in no way reflects on Dan’s talent, commitment to producing great journalism, and overall quality of work since he came on board," said founder and publisher Jeff Lawrence.
It’s true that the media is typically biased toward alpha males, and has looked the other way as thousands of them have been marginalized in the press; but if we learned anything from today’s report in the Globe, it’s that Division I athletes are some of the most oppressed people among us.
Former Phoenix staffers Liz Pelly and Faye Orlove last week launched the Media, which they hope can alt up the Hub again, initially online, maybe some day in print. Even though they're online, they'll be following a print-like publishing schedule:
[S]oon you'll find photo essays and video footage documenting creative communities around Boston; zine reviews from librarians at the Papercut Zine Library; a forward-thinking "Know Your Rights" column covering everything from dealing with bad landlords to throwing house shows. We'll have horoscopes, comics, and mixtapes.
Whoever stole a one-of-a-kind, artist-designed Weekly Dig news box had better hope they don't run into Joe Curtatone in a dark alley. He tweets tonight:
Surely someone can find some other piece of ironic furniture. Return Rawr!
Phoenix Editor Carly Carioli has a short reply to the Dig item - which we, being good little media sponges, sucked right in - about how Entercom might be thinking of buying and shutting down WFNX to move WEEI to FM:
For the record: it's total bullshit.
No doubt Jeff Lawrence is formulating a response at this very moment.
It's in the Dig's Media Farm this week, so it must be true, right?
... It's worth noting that Sulzberger owns the Boston Globe and that Murdoch owns the Boston Herald, the rival dailies in this proud two-newspaper town. ...
Give Media Farm props for going to the Save the Globe rally at Faneuil Hall last week and interviewing Rami Salami on what he thought about all those people at the microphone behind him as he tried to make an honest living selling balloon hats.
But, sheesh, only a crew of childless 20somethings could complain about the presence of "children who probably should have been in school at noon on a Friday (so they can learn how to read)," because the rest of us know that last week was school-vacation week in Massachusetts, so there wasn't any school for those kids to go to.
Mike Mennonno reports watching in bemusement today as a distinguished-looking older gentleman opened a Weekly Dig box down by Emerson, took out all the copies of this week's issue, tossed them into a nearby trash can, then crossed the street and repeated the process with the Dig box on the other side.
Above: Channel 4 attempts to educate its audience about our latest crisis without giving them the vapors.
Oh, the horror! The Dig runs a cover showing crudely drawn cartoons of naked people and our little provincial backwater goes all to hell. As Channel 4 reports:
"It's totally irresponsible to have a photo like this in a paper that's widely distributed around our city," Menino said. "Young children can see it. It's not what we should be showing our young people."
And we don't even need to bring up this scandalous statue - just a short walk from the children's room at the Copley Square BPL!
But Hizzona also wants to try to get Dig honor boxes uprooted from locations near city buildings - because you know how productivity must be suffering, what with frenzied hordes of Assessing and DPW workers racing out of their offices in a mad dash to Dig boxes.
Below: The shocking cover. If you're under 18, or are prone to inexplicable bouts of screaming hysteria, or are the mayor, stop looking now!
Boston Magazine interviews Weekly Dig Publisher Jeff Lawrence on why he canned Dig Editor Michael Brodeur (since then, the paper's managing editor and one of its reporters have also quit).
Jeff Lawrence fires Michael Brodeur; doesn't plan to replace him. Or so we hear.
The Weekly Dig's Boston Slice is allegedly "a comprehensive list of slices available around the city" yet doesn't list a single place south of the Fenway - although Cambridge does merit several mentions. Even the Upper Crust in Brookline fails to rate a listing. Oh, well, I guess the secret is out: Down here in the boonies, a fun night out consists of going over to the nearest crick and wrasslin' up some gators and squirrels. Them's good eatin'.
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