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Short-sighted?

There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 28, 2009

Talking points

Rich Connor's reforms have brought a much-needed sharpened focus to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and its sister papers. Certain changes, though, are raising eyebrows not just for what they are, but because of how Connor is doing th
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 28, 2009
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Local news blues

There has been plenty of hand-wringing, in these parts, over the decline of the local broadsheet. The Providence Journal is the paper of record, after all, the agenda setter. And the agenda is decidedly thinner these days.
With layoffs, plummeting revenue, and dwindling viewership, TV news departments are getting desperate.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 26, 2009

Bad candidate = bad coverage


In today's Herald, making the not-unfamiliar argument that the media is in the tank for Barack Obama, Michael Graham cites some numbers from a recent...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 28, 2008
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Rolled


Where’s the outrage over media mistreatment at the RNC?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 01, 2008

What's going on?

Five years into the Iraq War, we can catalogue a person’s every move with Twitter, Facebook, and the like.
Never mind the information age. When it comes to the war, we’re still in the dark.
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  March 12, 2008


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Slime time

Nasty presidential races are nothing new.

We already know about politicians’ capacity for coarse behavior. But how low can the press go?


By ADAM REILLY  |  February 20, 2008
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The ProJo's brave new world

The Providence Journal is turning to an unlikely source — high school football — for help.
Will going super-local on the Web strengthen the paper?
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 05, 2007
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Fake-news vacuum

It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.

Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race


By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007
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When Rupert came to Boston

Just how badly will Rupert Murdoch screw up the Wall Street Journal ?
Revisiting the lessons of Murdoch’s Herald
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 08, 2007
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Table manners

My first blackjack experience came as a newly minted college grad.
In blackjack experience teaches, intuition sustains
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  April 29, 2007


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Rebirth of a salesman

He’s going too fast.
The return of Russel Pergament
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 25, 2007
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Silent treatment

When next year’s Pulitzer finalists are announced, the Washington Post ’s coverage of dismal conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center will almost certainly make the list. But did the Post actually break the story? The deadliest sin: The Times'
Solving the press’s credit problem
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 14, 2007
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The WRKO shuffle

No Boston media institution is more unstable these days than WRKO Radio.
Sizing up the station’s extreme makeover
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 24, 2007

Flashbacks: October 13, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk and Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  October 11, 2006
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Glossed over

One sign of how the magazine business is doing these days is a three-month-old Web log called “Magazine Death Pool.”
The magazine racks are filled with dying publications — but why is the glossy’s forecast not nearly as gloomy as newsprint’s?
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  May 17, 2006


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Phoenix's Jurkowitz to depart

Media critic Mark Jurkowitz will be leaving the paper on or around July 1 to become the associate director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism headquartered in Washington, DC.
Destination: Project for Excellence
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 05, 2006
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Muckrakers in the outfield

Last week was an important moment in the history of American journalism.
It’s time for baseball — and all sports — to be covered just like any other multi-billion-dollar business  
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  April 05, 2006