Hark! The Herald! (Congrats – No, Really – Edition)

June 24, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

Pick up today’s Boston Herald and here’s what you’ll find splashed across the bottom half of Page 3:

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 3.35.59 PM

 

The firsty local tabloid is rightly proud of its Sigma Delta Chi Award for Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000) on the Boston Marathon tragedy, just as we’re sure the Boston Globe is for its First Place award for Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+) on the Boston Marathon tragedy. The stately local broadsheet didn’t mention it in today’s edition, but we’ll check back tomorrow.

Meanwhile, kudos to both.

 


Plus ça change at the Boston Herald . . .

May 8, 2014

Back in the 1980s the hardreading staff carved out a spot for itself as a local advertising critic, possibly the smallest franchise in the universe. As such, we contributed to the splendid publication AdEast, which sadly seems lost to posterity.

Anyway, last night we happened upon some old clips and what did we see but a piece from 1986 headlined The Great Comics Strip Wars, which detailed the Herald’s nabbing nine comic strips – all, not coincidentally, controlled at the time by the News America Syndicate, which was owned by $(KGrHqN,!rMFJl!RzI0HBSc9s129bg~~60_12Herald owner Rupert Murdoch – from the Boston Globe.

Two passages stood out to us almost 30 years later.

First:

Under the ownership of Rupert Murdoch, the proverbial self-made man who worships his creator, the Herald has embodied tabloid journalism at its best. It serves as an excellent table of contents for the town’s “serious” newspaper, it has lots of pictures . . . and it doesn’t clutter up its pages with ads.

 

And then this:

Arguably, the greatest strength of the Herald is its uncanny knack of finding a hard-news angle in its own circulation gains and promotional activities.  I’ll never forget the investigative vigor displayed by the Herald when the paper was running its first Wingo game. Stories began appearing about the the town and the townsfolk of Wingo, Kentucky (pop. 646 or thereabouts). As fine a group of people as they are, they were finer yet for all having received a free subscription to the Herald and their very own Wingo cards.

 

See our Walt Whitman desk for updated details.

Once it nabbed the comics from the Globe, the then-feistier local tabloid “launched a series of hard-hitting features, painting this as the most significant exodus since Biblical times.”

. . . plus c’est la même chose, oui?

P.S. If any of you splendid readers want to see the whole AdEast piece, just say the word and we’ll ask the Missus to shoot it.

 


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.”

 

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 6.08.04 PM

 

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:

 

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 6.07.25 PM

 

Closer:

 

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 6.07.52 PM

 

Even closer:

 

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 6.08.04 PM

 

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.

 


Hark! The Herald! (Howie Carr-toon Edition)

March 11, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

The hardreading staff knows the definition of news is changing (see virtually any David Carr column in the New York Times), but only in the Boston Herald can its own columnist’s humping his cut ‘n’ paste books be considered worthy of space in the newshole.

From today’s flacky  local tabloid.

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 9.44.50 AM

 

To the best of our knowledge Howie Carr is no relation to David Carr (much to the latter’s relief, we’d guess). Even so, Howie’s just bustin’ his buttons, isn’t he?

Please check all sharp objects at the door.

 


Hark! The Herald! (DCF Edition)

February 28, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

As the hardreading staff has repeatedly noted, the Boston Herald has been on the tragically inept Massachusetts Department of Children and Families like Brown on Williamson.

But it’s never official until the feisty local tabloid salutes itself.

Consider it official. From today’s Herald:

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 12.39.50 PM

 

Special bonus from the firsty local tabloid: this editorial (“Lying on the record”), which – hold on to your hat! – actually quotes the Boston Globe. Twice.

(There’s also this report on yesterday’s lost cover teen being found unharmed, and a thoroughly predictable Michael Graham column.)

Crosstown, the Globe front-paged the story that the paper had posted on its website yesterday.

So now both local dailies are on the case(workers). As they should be.

 


Hark! The Herald! (‘Tomorrow’s Edition Today’ Edition)

January 10, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

Say, the feisty local tabloid is on some awards run, yeah? A mere one week after garnering a coveted Today’s Top Ten Front Pages award from the Newseum, the Boston Herald has done it again!

“Bridge-Gate” Day 2: The Apology

If you like your state politics with a touch of scandal, it’s a good week to be reading the newspapers. As “Bridge-Gate” continues, today’s headlines focus on Gov. Chris Christie’s epic, apologetic news conference.

 

The Big 10:

 

Screen Shot 2014-01-10 at 2.52.36 PM

 

Look for tomorrow’s Herald to devote meaningless real estate in the news hole to this precious award.

Or is that vice versa?

P.S. That’s two Top Tens in two days of Christiepalooza for The Courier News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Star-Ledger, and New York Post. Something to shoot for, eh, Heraldniks?


Hark! The Herald! (Tomorrow’s Edition Today Edition)

January 3, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

The feisty local tabloid will be celebrating in its news pages tomorrow after winning yet another Today’s Top Ten Front Pages award from the Newseum.

The Deep Freeze

The weather outside is frightful, but front-page photos are so insightful. When temperatures plunge, winds gust and you’re slogging through snow and ice, the only way to dress up for the extreme weather is to cover up. For Page One, that’s the opportunity for a close-up.

 

And here they are:

 

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 6.28.29 PM

 

Boston Herald Victory Dance to follow soon.


Hark! The Herald! (Orbitz Forfeitz Edition)

December 29, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

Saturday’s Boston Herald featured yet another feisty local tabloid triumph.

Delta says it will honor man’s tix

Delta Airlines has reversed its decision — after repeated Herald inquiries — to deny a man planning a family vacation to Disneyland 12613deltamg001the rock-bottom fare he booked through Orbitz on Thursday due to a systemwide web glitch that also offered $68 Hub-to-Hawaii round-trip flights.

“I’m not so frustrated by losing the tickets, just more by the way they’re treating me,” said Abel Feldhamer of Long Island, N.Y., when he first contacted the Herald yesterday. “They’re getting good press proclaiming they’re honoring these fares when they’re slapping some people in the face.”

 

You can catch the particulars here. But know this:

An Orbitz spokesman did not return a call or email from the Herald yesterday.

 

Guilty as charged, yeah?


Hark! The Herald! (Page One Blog Edition)

December 5, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

So what pops up on page two of today’s Boston Herald but . . . Page One.

 

Picture 5

 

The inaugural edition:

December 5, 2013: Welcome to the Page One Blog

Welcome, everyone, to the Page One Blog, where we’re going to provide some information and details on each day’s Boston Herald cover.bh-2013-12-05-E-A001

As Page One Editor, it is my goal — working in conjunction with Editor in Chief Joe Sciacca and Managing Editor/Creative Gustavo Leon — to produce an impactful, interesting and engaging cover page. The emphasis on Page One is solely only-in-the-Herald content, be it stories broken by our reporters, exclusive interviews, the passionate opinions of our news, political and sports columnists, or simply a compelling staff photograph. Obviously, there’s excellent material to work with!

 

If they do say so themselves.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,254 other followers