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Who will buy the Boston Globe?

By Christopher B. Daly 

imgresThe Boston Globe carries a story today about the impending sale of the newspaper by its owner of the past two decades — the NYTimes Co. Bids are due by June 27. As a regular reader, I hope, of course, that the new owners will be very, very rich people with very, very high standards of journalistic integrity. I hope they will be innovators who have a clue about how to make a business out of quality journalism. I also hope they really care about Boston and New England. I hope they have the nerve to stand up to people like Whitey Bulger (and Billy Bulger, for that matter) and an appreciation for why this is a special place. (Yes, every place is special, but I am looking for someone who gets the particular special-ness of this particular place; in other words, no Sam Zells, please.) I hope they have wit, and style, and grace.

Know anyone?

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The Mobster and the Tipster

By Chris Daly 

More reasons to enjoy life in one of the last remaining two-newspaper cities in America. The Globe and the Herald continue to bash each other (as they should), sometimes at the risk of sounding silly.

A brief re-cap: The Globe began this round with a major piece on Sunday about mobster Whitey Bulger. The Herald, acting in reflexive opposition to its bitter rival and perhaps in a bit of pique about not having done that story themselves, let fly on Monday with what looked like a news story in which the FBI expressed its shock (shock, shock, shock!) over the Globe’s decision to divulge the identity of the tipster who led the FBI to Bulger. Since then, it has been back and forth all week with each newspaper using news articles, columns, and editorials to dump on the other.

Here are today’s updates from the Globe and the Herald. As a public service, I am also providing a link to the FBI statement that both papers are bickering over. It is a head-spinning experience to read all three documents in quick succession.

FWIW, here’s my take: The FBI is trying to tell each paper what it thinks they want to hear. Each paper is interpreting the same material in a way that conforms to its own gloss on the story. And on it goes.

In this case, it is not hard to imagine each paper working up just as much outrage over the opposite set of facts. Once a newspaper war breaks out, there are no neutrals. The winner (if any) will be the one that gets more readers out of it.

 

 

 

 

 

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New Boston Globe website

By Chris Daly 

After months of planning, the Boston Globe unveiled its new website today. On first impression, I am impressed. I have tried it on a desktop, on a laptop, and on an iPhone, and it worked well across all platforms. (I will try my iPad as soon as I get home.)

The look is, as promised, very sharp and uncluttered. It looks a lot like the version of its parent publication NYTimes when viewed through a special extension on Chrome called Ochs.

Early reviews of the Globe site are in from Nieman Journalism Lab, from my friend and Northeastern journalism professor Dan Kennedy, and from my BU colleague and online guru Michelle Johnson.

For now, all I will add is these two thoughts:

–I wish the Globe well in tapping a new revenue stream. (They need one!) Original reporting ain’t cheap, and it should not be free.

–For now, I would say it is a good start, but it’s probably too soon to really judge.

 

Stay tuned.

 

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