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Presses stop, Herald continues

Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis weighs in with a nice take on the end of an era, as the paper’s ancient presses grind to a halt. Starting tomorrow, the printing of the Herald will be outsourced to a plant in Chicopee.

Herald reporter Jay Fitzgerald says goodbye to the presses on his blog.

Just because this is a smart move doesn’t mean there isn’t a certain sadness associated with it, especially for the employees who’ve lost their jobs.

About 10 years ago, publisher Pat Purcell gave me a tour of the subterranean presses. Back then, he wanted to let people know that the Herald wasn’t moving because, among other things, it would be too difficult to relocate what was a significant manufacturing operation.

But times have changed. No doubt within a year or two, the Herald, shorn of its presses, will have moved to a much smaller space.

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  1. Tony

    The rumor around town is that the Herald is in big, big trouble, financially. I don’t know if that is true or not but that is what I’m hearing. The Web site is very hot but I haven’t seen a print edition in ages.

  2. mike_b1

    Of course it is, Tony.India here we come!

  3. Dan Kennedy

    Tony: Anything is possible, especially in this economic climate. But the Herald has been rumored to be in big, big trouble pretty much every day for the past 20 years. So I wouldn’t put too much stock in that.

  4. Vox

    You have to give The Herald credit for hanging around. The paper has been on the brink more times than I can count. They’re the cockroach of tabloids.

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