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Herald-ing the news

Jules Crittenden of the Boston Herald has posted an alternate take on his paper’s prospects. In a letter to Romenesko, he writes:

I work at a newspaper that underwent severe staffing cuts six months ago. The situation forced managers to make difficult and painful choices, and some talented people went out the door. It was predicted to be the death of our news operation and beginning of the end of the Boston Herald. We’ve heard that many times before, so it was hardly worth paying attention to.

In fact, our news operation experienced a rebirth.

Read the whole thing here.


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8 Comments

  1. Rick in Duxbury

    Hallelujah. Jules has expressed my thoughts perfectly. (I say that despite not being able to get into the Herald website I pay for. Their servers appear to be crashing on a daily basis with sporadic availability. Survival demands they deliver their product, whatever it is, to those who have already paid for it). That said, his thoughts on people with a sense of entitlement were spot on. Newspapers are a product. As the customer, I get to decide what product I want, not the producer of it. If the rest of the Herald staff share Jules’s attitude, I really hope they make it. His remarks show an empathy for us working stiffs sorely lacking on Morrissey Blvd.

  2. Anonymous

    Jules is right, although fails to mention what is fast becoming a key factor in his paper’s ability to fill its newshole in an effective way: The repurposing of stories from the CNC dailies and weeklies. It makes sense and it’s a good idea if done right — and for the most part they seem to be approaching it the right way.

  3. Anonymous

    Excellent analysis. It’s time people realize that news stories should be quick hits about sex, crime, sex crimes and outraged victims of sex, crime and sex crimes. Anything that smacks of perspective is boring. Any story that runs longer than 10 inches is boring. If I wanted to think, I’d enroll in some philosophy course at the adult ed center.

  4. Anonymous

    Ooh, brilliant analysis 4:38. You’re right, it would be a good business plan to out-Globe the Globe. (I personally spend weekends reading those parts of The Christian Science Monitor I miss during the week.) Besides, who wants to know about what happened down the street? I need a Globe perspective on French Islam to counterbalance the NYT perspective on French Islam. Eliminating City/Region entirely would enable us to have the “Sidekick” we REALLY want……

  5. mike_b1

    I can’t imagine why 1) anyone reads the Herald these days, and 2) why they’d pay to read it online, especially when the Herald is handed out free all over the city.I’m sure Rick will tell us, though, before what little credibility he has on this board is gone forever.

  6. Rick in Duxbury

    Mike,1. to get breaking local news to complement the excellent “macro” perspective of the Globe (and an alternate viewpoint)2. there is life outside 02110, where Herald is free3. I like to think my credibility, on this board or elsewhere, stems from a curiosity and openness to the opinions of others, whether I agree or not. We appear to differ on that score.

  7. Anonymous

    “If I wanted to think, I’d enroll in some philosophy course at the adult ed center.”Yup, that sounds like the typical Herald reader. You can have ’em. Keep fooling yourself, Jules, into thinking that smaller newsrooms equal better newsrooms. Just don’t be surprised when your salary is deemed “too heavy a liability” for come CV firm’s bottom-line and you find yourself knocking on George Regan’s door looking for a job too. Better reporters and support and leadership from the editor’s desk equal better newsrooms.

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