WBZ, Phoenix and MediaNation on the Boston Globe

Next Steps for Shrinking Globe

Working harder isn't going to do it once the Boston Globe has finished with its current round of 50 reductions to the newsroom staff. Once that process has been completed, the news staff will have shrunk from about 550 full-time journalists (or their equivalent) in 2000 to roughly 330. That means the Globe will, of necessity, be a fundamentally different paper... MediaNation.

Globe Employees Forced To Take Pay Cut
NY Times lays off 100, Globe newsroom must take 10 day off

Some drastic cuts are changing the landscape of the local news business. The New York Times, which is the parent company of the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, is taking drastic steps to stay afloat.  The moves put dozens of jobs on the line.

The New York Times and the Boston Globe have announced most of its employees are being forced to take a 5 percent pay cut for the next nine months.

Most newsroom workers are being asked to take 10 days off voluntarily before the end of the year. The Times is also laying off 100 employees... Joe Shortsleeves on WBZ.

Rockingham News ends run

In 1982, Ottaway Newspapers, which was publishing The Hampton Union, purchased The Exeter-News-Letter and three weeklies covering Raymond, Kingston and Plaistow. Operations were again transferred, this time to Hampton and then, in 1989, headquarters were set up in Stratham... Portsmouth Herald.

Keeping Tabs on The Globe's downsizing

By Dan Kennedy, MediaNation

Adam Reilly of the Boston Phoenix is keeping on top of the buyoutsat the Boston Globe. I really haven't been, so please take a look atwhat Adam has been writing here, here and here.

Amongthose leaving thus far: Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic GailCaldwell; literary-beat reporter David Mehegan; managing editor foradministration Mary Jane Wilkinson; business reporter Jeffrey Krasner;and education reporter Linda Wertheimer.

Good quotes from Mehegan and Wilkinson. Mehegan is especially pointed, telling Reilly:

There'sno Living/Arts section. I used to write these great profiles that werecombined with great art and design, and now the section's gone. In manyways, I feel as if the paper I used to write for has already departed.We can't do the stories we used to do, and we don' t have freedom towrite in the way we used to; everything has to be shorter and tighter.I don't know what they're going to do with my old beat, but I do knowit's one people are intensely interested in.

I think [Globeeditor] Marty Baron's done a wonderful job under very difficultcircumstances. I have a lot of respect for him. But the old businessmodel's broken, and it's not coming back.

Tough times not just at 135 Morrissey Blvd., but for readers of the Globe, too.

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