Forget Tabloid Format – Boston Herald Is Just Small

April 17, 2014

It’s awards season for newspapers right now, and Boston hit the dailies double in the latest journalism lovefest.

From the Boston Globe:

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Nice, eh? Spread the love to WBUR and the Herald, even if the latter did catch a bit of an elbow:

Both the Globe and the Boston Herald took first place for deadline reporting on the Boston Marathon bombings. The Globe won in the category for newspapers with more than 100,000, while the Herald won for newspapers with daily circulation of more than 50,000 but less than 100,000.


And crosstown at the firsty local tabloid? Here’s how it played:


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Actually, call it the frosty local tabloid. And call it a sore winner.


New York Post Circles the Boston Globe

April 16, 2014

The Big Town’s feisty loco tabloid has a distinct Boston accent today.

Start, as seems appropriate, with Page One (tip o’ the pixel to FishbowlNY).




Look familiar? Right – it’s the Boston Globe’s stunner of an interactive photo from yesterday’s Marathon bombing anniversary edition.

The story inside comes compliments of old friend Leonard Greene, late of the Boston Herald.

Solemn ceremonies mark anniversary of Boston Marathon bombings


Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings


Survivors of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing commemorated Tuesday’s anniversary of the deadly blast with solemn ceremonies and a shared determination to keep moving forward.

Gathering at the now-sacred site where two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through a dense crowd near the race’s finish line, runners, spectators and supporters paused to reflect on the moment their lives changed forever.

“Last year, I was on the ground at the finish line,” said Kevin White, who was injured by shrapnel that ripped through his legs. “This year I’ll be running across it. It kind of proves to people that evil isn’t going to win.”


Big Town v. Bean Town? Boston all the way.


When We’re Wrong About the Herald, We Write It

April 16, 2014

The Walt Whitman desk is standing down.

Yesterday the hardreading staff noted that Boston hit the trifecta in the Newseum’s Today’s Top Ten Front Pages (sorry, no archive).

To wit:

Staying Strong

While addressing the continued struggles to overcome the physical and emotional wounds suffered during the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, today’s front pages also focus on inspirational stories of community, heroism, and healing. The vivid front page of the Metro – Boston Edition effectively acknowledges the tragedy of that “dark day,” while looking forward to “a bright future.”


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And here’s what we predicted:

Gotta be killing the Heraldniks that Metro Boston got the shoutout in the copy, but that won’t keep the feisty local tabloid from running a “news story” about their high honor in tomorrow’s edition.


But even though the Herald usually treats a Top Ten nod like its version of the Pulitzer Prize, not so today.

Therefore, to paraphrase the great Whitman:

We castigate ourself, and singe ourself, 

And what we assumed you shall not assume . . .

Not to get technical about it.


Which of These Papers Will Blow Its Own Horn Tomorrow? That’s Right – The Herald

April 15, 2014

On the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, local newspapers got the hat trick in the Newseum’s Today’s Top Ten Front Pages.

Staying Strong

While addressing the continued struggles to overcome the physical and emotional wounds suffered during the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, today’s front pages also focus on inspirational stories of community, heroism, and healing. The vivid front page of the Metro – Boston Edition effectively acknowledges the tragedy of that “dark day,” while looking forward to “a bright future.”


The Top Ten:


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Even closer:


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Gotta be killing the Heraldniks that Metro Boston got the shoutout in the copy, but that won’t keep the feisty local tabloid from running a “news story” about their high honor in tomorrow’s edition.

Our Walt Whitman desk is on full alert.


Marathon Memorial ADvantage to Boston Globe

April 15, 2014

First off, can any of you remember a day when both local dailies had wraparound front pages? (Can’t find the Globe wrapper, but this interactive feature comes close.)


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Us neither.

But Marathon memorial ads mostly migrated to the Globe.


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And this one, which we totally don’t like.


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The only memorial ad that ran in the Herald (outside of a Macy’s ad that ran in both dailies) was this:


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We plugged Peter Emerson O’Neil into the Googletron but nothing came up. Maybe he will now.

P.S. This house ad for the Globe’s Pulitzer probably belongs here too.


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Dan Wasserman Nails Gene Rivers

April 14, 2014

The redoubtable Dan Wasserman, Boston Globe contributing cartoonist, went local in yesterday’s offering.


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That’s a riff on the attempt by local con artist Rev. Eugene Rivers III to diversity-extort (diversitort?) $105,000 from Keolis North America, which recently won the bidding to run Boston’s commuter rail system. (Details here.)

Wasserman mostly addresses national topics nowadays because he’s in syndication, but he tells the hardreading staff he’s looking to do local/regional cartoons in the Globe on Sundays.

Good news.


Freed! The P.J. Wallace One!

April 14, 2014

Several weeks ago the hardreading staff noted that Boston Globe Cartoon Caption Captain P.J. Wallace had been sort of disappeared from the Globe West edition.

What seemed to be his swan song:


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The next week . . . nothing.

But yesterday, there was this:


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Hey, Globe Westies: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

You know we’ll be calling you later today.


One Town, Two Different Worlds (Adrianne Haslet-Davis Edition)

April 12, 2014

Today’s Boston Herald, Page One.




Story inside:

Survivor rips ‘Meet the Press’

The gutsy dancer who lost part of her left leg in the marathon bombings accused “Meet the Press” late yesterday of being “dishonorable” for naming the accused terrorists during a local taping of the Sunday show after she was led to believe they wouldn’t.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis — one of the first survivors of the Boylston Street blasts to go public last year when she vowed “I’ll dance again” Boston Marathon Victim Hasletin a front-page Herald story — said she was in tears when she walked out on the taping of tomorrow’s “Meet the Press” at the Hyatt Boston Harbor hotel.

“Your decision to back out on that promise you made and the horrific way you brought that decision to my attention just minutes prior to taping was not only a cowardice move but a dishonorable one as well,” Haslet-Davis posted on her website, about the names being used.


(Herald columnist Adriana Cohen was in high dudgeon as well, but that’s her default position.)

Here’s the letter:


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More, clearly, to come.

Meanwhile, crosstown at the Boston Globe, here’s the play the story got (Metro p. 2):


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Like we’ve said, parallel universes.


One Town, Two Different Worlds (Edition Umpteen)

April 11, 2014

The parallel universes of the local dailies proceed apace today.

Boston Herald, Page One:


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Story inside:

State stuck with duds

Busted digital signs leave drivers in dark

Gov. Deval Patrick, with great fanfare, is slated to unveil new, state-of-the art highway message boards for Cape Cod today, even as dozens of similar pricey ASTU1441.JPGelectronic road signs remain broken statewide, leaving tax- and toll-paying motorists in the dark about everything from traffic accidents and tie-ups to Amber Alerts, a Herald review found.

Among the 184 so-called “variable” message boards statewide, 43 are permanently out of service and cannot be fixed due to a lack of replacement parts, according to a Department of Transportation document obtained by the Herald through a public records request.


There’s even video that goes with:



Classic Herald: Good digging, splashy packaging.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, Metro Page One:


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That report is a follow-up to Adrian Walker’s bombshell yesterday about a “troubling demand” by a coalition of local community activists that Keolis North America, which just got the contract to run Boston’s commuter rail system, do more to promote diversity in its ranks. And by “troubling demand,” of course, Walker means an invoice for $105,000. No word on what the vigorish is, though.

Rev. Bruce Wall, who is moonwalking away from the controversy as fast as he can, is really just collateral damage here. The central figure in this rumpus is longtime local con artist Eugene Rivers III, who met with a Keolis spokeswoman and told her he was “below the radar” and “secret ops.” (Rivers denies saying either.)

Today’s piece has Wall and others in the so-called DRM Advisory Group playing Twister trying to explain away an invoice for services not performed or even contracted. Take some Dramamine before reading.

The folks at the editorial page are also reeling.

Rivers, Wall err badly in seeking funds from rail firm

THE REV. Eugene Rivers 3d, a prominent minister in Boston, blundered badly last month when he presented Keolis North America with a $105,000 invoice for services related to promoting diversity in the hiring and ridership of the state’s commuter rail system. This startling document, which was signed by Dorchester minister Bruce Wall, came across as a self-serving pressure tactic, and it only harmed the cause of promoting diversity in public contracting.


And etc.

Classic Boston Globe: good digging, enlightened tut-tutting.

Can’t do better than a Two-Daily Town.


Yesterday Was Marina Keegan Day in the Boston Globe

April 9, 2014

Through some marvelous coincidence/confluence/coordinance (is that even a word?), two – count ‘em, two – pieces about Marina Keegan’s book The Opposite of Loneliness ran in yesterday’s Boston Globe.

Start with Joseph P. Kahn’s Page One feature.

Her young life is lost, but her words are for posterity




Book collects writings of crash victim Marina Keegan


WAYLAND — Her young life ended two years ago in a tragic car accident five days after her college graduation. Her commencement essay in the Yale campus newspaper quickly went viral, drawing more than 1.4 million views. In an outpouring of tributes to the 22-year-old writer, many hailed her as the “voice of her generation.”

Now comes a collection of Marina Keegan’s essays and stories, being published this week by Scribner. Titled “The Opposite of Loneliness,” after the essay that brought Keegan worldwide attention, it marks a bittersweet milestone for the author’s family, friends, and academic mentors, all of whom have struggled with her loss.

And yet, they say, what a gift Keegan has left behind. Not only in her written words — she also wrote plays, poetry, and literary criticism — but also in her legacy of social activism and fierce belief in leading a life of purpose, not privilege. That was the challenge laid down to her Yale University classmates in “Loneliness,” and it has powerfully resonated ever since, according to many close to Keegan.


It certainly resonated with the same day’s G section of the Globe, which featured this piece by Sophie Flack.

A keen collection of stories from a light that dimmed too soon

When Marina Keegan wasn’t tapped to join one of Yale’s secret societies, she gave herself less than two hours to wallow in TheOppositeofLonelinessbyMarinaKeegandisappointment, then pledged to spend the time she would have spent “chatting in a tomb” writing a book. Five days after graduation, Keegan was killed in a car accident on Cape Cod. She was 22.

“The Opposite of Loneliness” is a record of that time better spent. The book of nine short stories and nine essays takes its title from Keegan’s last essay to appear in the Yale Daily News, which went viral in the days after her death when it was read by 1.4 million people in 98 countries. In it Keegan writes with an eerie urgency: “We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.”


In yesterday’s Boston Globe, at least, Marina Keegan had a lot of possibilities.



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