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?
September 5, 2018
The Not-So-Boston Herald has, over the past handful of months, 1) moved its printing from the Boston Globe’s Taunton press to the Providence Journal’s plant in Rhode Island, and 2) announced the paper’s move from Fargo Street to Braintree later this year.
Despite the Herald’s sunny-side-up promotion of its new printing press (“our loyal customers can look forward to a more reader-friendly paper”) and new home (Free parking! Convenient shopping! On-site Leanbox (whatever the hell that is)! Amenities! Miles from Boston!), it sure doesn’t feel like good news.
But this – which hit our email in-box last evening – sure does.
Here’s our question: Is the hardreading staff eligible to win? (We’re guessing not, since no one at the feisty local tabloid can stand us.)
Anyway, here’s the new format.
Not to get technical about it, but that was the E-Edition at 12:10 this morning, which seemed a bit, well, out of step.
(It’s all sorted now, though, as my morning E-Editon email informed me. Oddly, the print edition of the slightly local tabloid had no mention of the new digital paper. It also lacked last night’s baseball scores. The E-Edition, at least, had some but not all. Stick that in your email, eh?)
March 22, 2018
Umpteenth in our never-ending series
On numerous occasions the hardreading staff has referred to a Boston Herald subscription as Biggest. Waste. Ever.
And now we’re back.
Page 3 of today’s selfie local tabloid is entirely devoted to this piece bylined “Herald Staff,” the designation routinely employed in passing off press releases as actual news.
Herald moves print production to Providence Journal
The Boston Herald is now being printed in Providence, which means our loyal customers can look forward to a more reader-friendly paper.
Beginning this week, the Herald is being printed at the The Providence Journal’s flexographic newspaper printing facility, which was North America’s first entirely flexographic printing facility when it opened in 1987. The Journal selected the flexo process because it creates a paper with vibrant color reproduction and uses an environmentally friendly, water-based ink that won’t have the paper rubbing off on your hands.
Here’s what this reader got on today’s Scoreboard pages.
The redoubtable Dan Kennedy at Media Nation called this one several days ago: “I’m hearing reports from inside the Herald that the switch will require deadlines so early that evening sports stories may not make the print edition.”
(To be sure graf goes here)
To be sure, the Herald at times gave readers the same short shrift when the Boston Globe printed it.
(Two be sure graf goes here)
Also to be sure, the e-Edition of the spotty local tabloid did have yesterday’s results.
But we’re shelling out good money for the print edition while getting less news for the buck all the time.
So, Heraldniks, we say this as you celebrate your new printing setup: Not a providential beginning. Not by a long shot.