From our Long Goodbye desk
More bloodletting at the Boston Herald as its hedge-fund overlords once again go Grim Reaper on the scrawny local tabloid.
Two high profile layoffs yesterday: 20-year veteran Jessica Heslam and recently hired Bruins beat gal Marisa Ingemi.
Heslam’s Facebook post:
Ingemi’s Twitter post:
Nik DeCosta-Klipa has more at boston.com.
The already-shrinking Boston Herald is among the many newspapers feeling the toll of the coronavirus outbreak.
In the midst of the pandemic, at least a half dozen Herald employees said they were laid off Thursday, as the the paper’s parent company reportedly moves to cut staff at outlets across the country. The layoffs at the Herald included columnists Jessica Heslam and Adriana Cohen, as well as longtime sportswriter John “Jocko” Connolly and Boston Bruins reporter Marisa Ingemi.
We’ll pass over in silence the one name above who likely will not be missed by many, but any loss of newspaper jobs is lamentable. Meanwhile, the bean counters continue to make the Boston Herald a shell of its former self.
Latest in what’s become an ongoing (outgoing?) series
The exodus from the Boston Herald since its sale to Digital First Media (slogan: “Where Newspapers Go to Die”) hasn’t yet reached Biblical proportions, but it does seem to be picking up.
From New England Patriots beat reporter Jeff Howe’s Twitter feed yesterday:
Crosstown at the Boston Globe, sports media columnist Chad Finn has a piece today about “The Athletic sports website . . . filling out its Boston roster.”
Among those who will be writing for The Athletic Boston are Fluto Shinzawa, who is leaving the Globe to become the site’s Bruins writer; Jen McCaffrey (currently MassLive) and Chad Jennings (Boston Herald), who will cover the Red Sox; and Jay King (MassLive), who will be the Celtics reporter. The site’s Patriots hire will be evident in the coming days.
At the time Digital First won the Herald bakeoff and proceeded to lay off about 30% of the staff, one of the most appealing aspects of the scanty local tabloid was its robust and popular sports pages. But now the paper is printed in Rhode Island so home subscribers get yesterday’s scores tomorrow . Combine that with sports page stalwarts like Howe and Jennings leaving Fargo Street, and the Herald’s appeal is basically reduced to the days Howie Carr’s not writing.