Tip o’ the pixel for this one to the Unsinkable Samantha J. Gross.
The memo, via intrepid Boston Herald reporter Brian Dowling.
Got that? Free parking! Convenient shopping! On-site Leanbox (whatever the hell that is)! Amenities! Miles from Boston!
From the predictable Herald Staff report in the bouncing local tabloid today.
“This move will provide a great space for our employees in a facility with many amenities including free parking and easy access to public transportation,” said Herald Publisher Kevin Corrado. “While we are making a physical move that will help sustain our organization in the years to come, our commitment to providing the best news and sports coverage in the Boston market is stronger than ever. We’re excited about the future.”
Translation: This is one more way to save money while we suck the Boston Herald dry, which we’re excited about.
Crosstown, the Boston Globe’s Jeremy C. Fox noted this.
Michael Jonas, the executive editor of CommonWealth magazine, expressed skepticism about the move in a Twitter post.
“Is Braintree where once mighty Boston institutions go to die? First the Archdiocese, now the Herald,” Jonas wrote. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston moved from Brighton to Braintree in 2008 in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse scandal.
At the Boston Herald, though, it’s a whole nother kind of abuse.
And the beat (feet) goes on . . .
CommonWealth Magazine’s Michael Jonas recently noted another departure from the shrinky local tabloid.
The Herald’s phantom editorial page
Unclear who’s running paper’s opinion page under new ownership
BY ALL OUTWARD appearances, the Boston Herald continues to chug along under its new ownership, with its hard-working reporters churning out solid stories amidst the demoralizing departure of co-workers from the newsroom’s already depleted ranks.
The paper’s editorial page, too, hasn’t skipped a beat, offering up a daily dose of sharp opinion despite the exit nearly three weeks ago of longtime editorial page editor Rachelle Cohen and Julie Mehegan, the deputy editorial page editor, who worked alongside her for more than a decade.
But an intriguing mystery about the paper’s editorials has arisen. Though newspaper editorials are traditionally unsigned, they reflect the views of the editor of the page, who is often listed on a newspaper’s masthead. In the three weeks since Cohen and Mehegan left, however, the masthead has listed no editorial page editor.
The dish: “According to sources familiar with the situation, Cohen was not offered a position but Mehegan was and accepted it, presumably putting her in line to run the editorial page as a solo operation. At the time of the mid-March ownership change, however, Mehegan was offered a communications position with the Baker administration and opted to take it and leave the Herald along with her longtime boss.”
To much applause in the Twitterverse, we might add.
Best of luck, Julie. The Herald’s loss is Charlie Baker’s gain.