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Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition

Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 25, 2009

Scrappy tabloid scribe allegedly too scrappy


The Eagle-Tribune reports that Herald crime reporter O'Ryan Johnson has been charged with assaulting...
By Adam Reilly  |  June 19, 2009
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The problem with heroes

Even the hardest-hearted news consumer had to wince this past week when the private autopsy results of Paul Cahill and Warren Payne were leaked to some of the press.

Lessons from the build-them-up, tear-them-down Boston firefighter backlash


By ADAM REILLY  |  October 10, 2007
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Digging for attention

A great big plant. That was the main image on the front cover of the Boston Globe on Tuesday, July 11 when the electronic media was buzzing about the death of 38-year-old Milena Del Valle inside one of the Big Dig tunnels.
After the Big Dig tunnel tragedy, the Herald and the Globe put on a full-court press. Who came out on top?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 19, 2006