Hexit Watch™: It’s -35- for Steve Bulpett

From the never-ending evisceration of the Boston Herald

More Grim Reaper action yesterday at the shrinky local tabloid. From Jenna Ciccotelli at boston.com.

Longtime Celtics writer Steve Bulpett part of latest round of Boston Herald layoffs

Steve Bulpett, who has covered the Celtics both at home and on the road longer than anyone in franchise history, announced Wednesday that he has been laid off from The Boston Herald.

Bulpett, a North Shore native with roots in Lynn and Swampscott, was in his 35th season of covering the Celtics. The University of Dayton graduate has earned multiple Associated Press Sports Editor Top 10 honors . . .

This is the second round of recent layoffs for the newspaper, which cut at least half a dozen employees in April, including longtime sportswriter John “Jocko” Connolly, Boston Bruins reporter Marisa Ingemi, and sports editor Justin Pelletier.

Let’s stipulate that it’s amazing the Herald even publishes every day, given that, according to Don Seiffert at Boston Business Journal, “[t]he size of the Boston Herald has gone from about 240 employees at the end of 2017, before its purchase by MediaNews Group, to just a few dozen today.”

Kimberly Atkins Says -30- to Boston Herald

From our never-ending Hexit Watch™

And so yet another journalist the Boston Herald can ill-afford to lose is leaving the shrinky local tabloid.

From today’s Politico Playbook PM:

MEDIAWATCH — Kimberly Atkins is leaving the Boston Herald.  She is currently its Washington bureau chief.

Here’s her piece from yesterday’s Herald.

Her Twitter feed still features this profile because she’s not leaving until tomorrow.

But here’s the news in her own words.

Kimberly Atkins was one of the few remaining writers at the Herald always worth reading, whether you agreed with her or not. We’re reasonably sure that her professional life after the skimpy local tabloid will be anything but skimpy.

Hexit Watch™: Julie Mehegan Goes Gubernatorial

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.

Peter Gelzinis Kisses the Boston Herald Goodbye

One of the two rational columnists at the feisty local tabloid. (Come on down, Kimberly Atkins!)

The heart of the Herald to Howie Carr’s spleen.

“Always stuck up for poor and working people, and for veterans and active service military” (tip o’ the pixel to @GlobeCullen).

“A solid, compassionate stand up guy” (ditto to @BostonFire).

There are a lot of ways to describe Peter Gelzinis. The saddest one is “gone.”

That’s what he told us in his farewell column in today’s Boston Herald.

A little hand leading into next chapter

Columnist pulled in new direction by grandson

The tiny fingers belong to a beautiful little boy of four months named Jack. They are clamped around a bigger, slightly arthritic finger that belongs to the grandfather who is absolutely crazy about him — me.

That index finger has tapped out maybe 10,000 stories for this paper over the last (gulp) 45 years. And this one will be the last … at least as a member of the staff.

I’ve shaken the hands of rich and poor, famous and anonymous, but none has exerted a more powerful grip on me than this precious little one that pulled me across a generational threshold back in August.

It’s a lovely piece, as befits a writer who could hold his own with the powerful and empathize with the powerless.  Many of them have acknowledged that in a nice sendoff on Twitter today.

But his exit after “[tapping] out maybe 10,000 stories for this paper over the last (gulp) 45 years” is a sad harbinger of what will likely be a slow-motion unbuilding of the shaky local tabloid.

(To be sure graf goes here)

To be sure, there are other potential buyers than the behemoth, budget-obsessed  GateHouse Media. And even if GateHouse does acquire the Herald, it won’t necessarily mean the paper will be significantly diminished in the future.

But it certainly was today.