December 2, 2019
As one of the Boston Herald’s 17 home subscribers, the hardreading staff noted numerous times over the past few years how the print edition of the skimpy local tabloid was often missing late-breaking news and – especially – sports scores.
That deficiency became even more glaring when the Herald shifted its printing a year and a half ago from the Boston Globe’s Taunton facility to the Providence Journal’s Rhode Island press, moving deadlines up to, oh, tea time.
(That contributed in no small part to our dropping the print subscription after several decades and going all-digital.)
But at least the Herald E-Edition would deliver the the later stuff.
Not any more.
Here’s the E-Edition reporting on the New England Patriots’ unthinkable (lookin’ at you, Dan Shaughnessy) loss to the Houston Texans last night.
As it says at the bottom of the left-hand page, you can get full coverage of last night’s game here.
But at that point, why would you bother?
May 23, 2014
As one of the 17 home subscribers the Boston Herald boasts, the hardreading staff has drastically reduced its expectations of the local daily. But the paper has failed to clear even that low bar. Actually it failed to jump at all today.
The foisty local tabloid told us it had “printing problems” last night. But of course the Herald has printing problems every night, BECAUSE ITS PRINTER IS ALSO ITS CROSSTOWN RIVAL. So for the most part either 1) the Herald’s early edition gets printed – what? – 24 hours in advance, or 2) it doesn’t get printed at all.
Neither of those fates, unsurprisingly, is ever visited upon the Boston Globe.
Regardless, here’s the front page that did not land at the door of the Global Worldwide Headquarters this AM.
Sleepy’s, eh? Sounds about right.
May 19, 2014
As the hardlyreading staff noted this past weekend, our front porch failed to nestle a Boston Herald delivery either Friday or Saturday.
But yesterday the twicey local tabloid tried to make up for it by delivering two copies of the Sunday edition.
Page One of the first:
Just for the record, Page One of the second:
Okay, we’re done now.
May 17, 2014
From our Tab-void desk
As one of the 17 home subscribers to the Boston Herald, the hardreading staff has exceedingly low expectations in terms of quality of service. But the heisty local tabloid has hit new lows this week.
Yesterday: No paper. “Printing problems,” they said. (What – Howie ran out of crayons?) But, the nice lady assured us, they’d include it with today’s delivery.
Today: Forget two – we got no Heralds this morning. But we did get Barron’s. (Your head scratch goes here.)
Just for the record, front page of today’s Herald that we never got:
March 16, 2014
As the splendid readers of Two-Daily Town might remember, the hardreading staff is one of 17 home subscribers (a.k.a. The Few. The Proud. The Idiots) the Boston Herald boasts.
Consequently, here’s the front page of the fusty local tabloid that hit our porch this morning (tip o’ the pixel to the Missus).
Right: All sports, all the time.
By contrast, here’s the front page of today’s Boston Globe.
A later edition of the Herald did feature this front page, but the corn was off the cob by then.
We can’t wait until the Globe starts printing its papers – and the Herald’s – in Millbury (see Dan Kennedy’s piece here). At that point the Sunday Herald will likely roll off the presses sometime Friday afternoon.
October 31, 2013
Well the halfreading staff just got another call from the Heraldniks (rhymes with nudniks) who told us yes, we would not get the Boston Herald delivered to our home today. We should get it tomorrow, though.
But good news! As subscribers we have free access to the fusty local tabloid’s E-Edition.
Hey, tell us something we don’t know. As the splendid readers of Two-Daily Town are likely aware, we often find the digital version of the Herald useful.
But – news flash! – we take the paper because we prefer reading it in print form.
Apparently we’ll be doubling our pleasure tomorrow.
October 31, 2013
From our Or You Could Just Set Your Money on Fire desk
Call us the halfreading staff today. Earlier this morning we got a call from a Heraldnik saying the fusty local tabloid was experiencing printing problems so we might get our home-delivered copy of the Boston Herald this afternoon or maybe (and more likely, we’re guessing) along with tomorrow’s edition.
Seriously? Then again, we have had these kinds of problems before.
Just for the record, here’s Page One of today’s Boston Herald (via their E-Edition):
And in the interest of fairness, here’s the Boston Globe’s front page:
That one we got at home.
October 21, 2013
From our Or You Could Just Set Your Money on Fire desk
The hardreading staff had a neighbor some years ago who objected to our Boston Herald home subscription on the grounds that a Herald on our front porch “reduced property values.”
But now we’re wondering about the value of the Herald itself.
Page One of Sunday’s home-delivered feisty local tabloid:
Sports section Page One:
(Photos courtesy of the Missus)
Sure, later editions (and the electronic edition) of the Herald sported this front page:
But that didn’t do the hardreading staff any good.
The thing is, as home subscribers we’re the guaranteed money for the fusty local tabloid. And all 17 of us are getting lousy value for the dollar.
The hardreading staff, for one, is not happy.
June 17, 2019
Now that the hardreading staff has gone all-digital and the Boston Herald is down to 16 home subscribers, the feisty local tabloid clearly needs to find new sources of revenue.
So buried on page 3 of today’s print edition is a To Our Readers box.
For those without magnifying glasses:
Really? An opt-out? That’s how you treat your faithful readers, Heraldniks?
And, all due respect, did it not occur to you to mention what the Special Section (Only $5.00!) is about?
July 28, 2021
Well the hardrreading staff opened up the old emailbag yesterday and here’s what poured out.
According to the Herald’s Digital Subscription Frequently Asked Questions, a regular digital subscription includes:
- Unlimited, exclusive journalism from our reporters and photographers.
- Opinions and reviews from columnists and critics.
- Daily access to the Digital Replica edition, an exact replica of what we print and produce each day.
So your two bucks is basically buying you a) No Pop-up or Video Ads, and b) 2x Faster Page Loads for the next six months. Which is all good. Except . .
1) You’ll pay $4 per week for Premium Plus after that, and
2) That whole “trusted news, analysis, and interviews” thing has been gutted like a sea bass by the Herald’s bloodsucking hedge fund owner, Alden Global Capital.
The Herald newsroom – which, again thanks to the paper’s vulture-capital owners, has been forced to shack up with its kissin’ cousins at the Lowell Sun – can barely field a soccer team at this point. It’s gotten so bad at the scrawny local tabloid that executive editor Joe Dwinell has been known to write two or three pieces in a day for the paper.
Go ask the Boston Globe’s Brian McGrory how often he hits send on a story about, say, a Martha’s Vineyard porn lawsuit.
The hardreading staff – despite our often gimlet eye – has long been #TeamHerald, if only to keep the stately local broadsheet a bit less overbearing. But we wonder how long the flimsy local tabloid can keep offering less content for more money, as Alden relentlessly strip mines it like West Virginia coal country.
Maybe a “Premium Minus” Go Fund Me page is in order right about now.