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The Globe sale, contextualized

News that the Globe was on the auction block was certainly a shock, but it should have been no surprise.
By PETER KADZIS  |  March 01, 2013

Hub fans bid Baron adieu

In the 1960s and 1970s, when the media sky was as expansive as the horizon of Fenway Park, Boston Globe editor Tom Winship hankered to make the Globe one of the nation's top 10 dailies. He succeeded.

By PETER KADZIS  |  November 23, 2012

False equivalency

Lots of ink has been spilled over Nate Silver and his uncannily accurate statistical predictions of how the presidential race turned out. We need not repeat the hagiography here.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2012

Interview: Nate Silver explains

Nate Silver's New York Times blog,, is an island of rigorous thinking in an ocean of political spin.
The perils of prognostication
By PETER KADZIS  |  November 02, 2012

Patrick Conley’s fiery turn as historian laureate

Patrick Conley stands in a hallway lined with framed New York Times and Providence Journal articles about his campaign to lure high-end businesses to Providence's industrial waterfront.
Man About Town
By PHILIP EIL  |  August 31, 2012

Against deadly drones

Drone warfare — the use of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft to carry out air strikes against supposed terrorists — is on the rise and has been over the last few years.
Peace Movement
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 13, 2012


How Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital is holding a small Maine town hostage

On the campaign trail, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney touts his work with Bain Capital as evidence he knows how to fix the struggling American economy.
Profit at any cost
By SYDNEY LEONARD  |  July 06, 2012

New York Times misses the mark with Woonsocket column

Rhode Island's fiscal woes have attracted plenty of national press, much of it unflattering. But if the locals have grumbled a bit about the stories, they've been forced to concede their basic veracity.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 22, 2012

The ‘2012 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition’

Last weekend The New York Times proclaimed Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning , the debut video game of former Red Sox pitcher and outspoken Republican millionaire Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, "one of the finest action role-playing games yet made."
Bright spots
By GREG COOK  |  February 17, 2012

Question authority

Maine journalists appear to disbelieve their own eyes, decline to do their own research, and prefer to quote officials instead of relying on independent knowledge and experience.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 10, 2012

Young Adulteration

In the late 1980s, when I was nine or 10, my mom bought me my own copy of A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Need To Know .
Kid lit, cultural literacy, and the rise of books that are fun to read
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011

First Amendment battle in the Bucket

As regular readers of this column know, Jorge is a native of Pawtucket. It was with great pride that I attended the celebration at McCoy Stadium this past Tuesday evening, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the city's incorporation.
A Catholic controversy; Taibbi’s straight talk; dandy Don; wisdom from Warren
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 26, 2011

Errol Morris's magnificent obsessions

The tops of the side tables in Errol Morris's office are entirely obscured by books, among them Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory ; The Education of T.C. Mits: What Modern Mathematics Means to You ; French psychoanalyst Jacques Laca
Mr. Natural
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 15, 2011
The Globe, the Times, and RFK’s papers

The Globe, the Times, and RFK’s papers

Library of Congress photo via Wikimedia Commons.There's been a pretty interesting development in the battle over Robert Kennedy's papers. The New York Times reports that...
By Dan Kennedy  |  July 12, 2011

The Big Hurt: Calling all Rembrandts!

While scouring the press release bin for cheap laughs, I came across a story of some legitimate interest: a coalition of Dutch artists recently took out an ad in the New York Times advising "Do Not Enter the Netherlands — Cultural Meltdown in Progress
The Dutch 'Cultural Meltdown'
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 08, 2011
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Review: Page One

Watching Carr work those stories reveals little about the media revolution, and nothing about its effects on the Times.
Get me rewrite
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 01, 2011

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Andrew Rossi gets the story on Page One

Despite the Gray Lady's disdain for his own effort, Rossi nonetheless had only good things to say about the paper's media editor, Bruce Headlam, reporter Brian Stelter, former reporter Tim Arango, and, especially, media columnist David Carr.
Good Times , bad Times
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 01, 2011

State struggles, Gina good!

I don't know the solution to our state's fiscal and political problems. If I did, I'd probably run for public office.
The treasurer has integrity; resurrecting baseball; other musings
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 27, 2011

Wikileaks' many cousins

The endless Wikileaks commentary has tended toward acerbic portraits of the organization's founder, Julian Assange, and earnest debates over journalistic ethics.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 20, 2011

On the good ship Juggalo

I spent the wee hours of Saturday morning bobbing along the East River with the Insane Clown Posse.
Dark Carnival Cruise Lines
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 06, 2011
Former Boston Phoenix staff writer Ellen Barry wins Pulitzer Prize

Former Boston Phoenix staff writer Ellen Barry wins Pulitzer Prize

Before ELLEN BARRY became a world-famous Moscow correspondent for the New York Times, she spent a couple of years as a features writer for the...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 18, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011

Review: Bill Cunningham New York

Richard Press's sweet, heartfelt celebration of the New York Times ' fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, is already a sensation in the Big Apple, where it has smashed box-office records at the Film Forum.
The legendary “street style” photographer
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 08, 2011

Media activists aim to take over the future ... of news

Now imagine you're in charge of getting people excited about media reform — promoting things like local ownership of press outlets, a free and open Internet, and vibrant public journalism that operates outside of party politics. Besides the considerabl
'Get me rewrite'
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  April 08, 2011


Cambridge author Caleb Neelon traces graffiti's hidden history

'TAKI 183' SPAWNS PEN PALS, announced the headline in the July 21, 1971, New York Times .
It was written
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2011

What's behind the curtain?

Here's our third Gubernatorial Scorecard, in which we score Governor Paul LePage on political savvy, and on whether what he's trying to do is good policy. Note the running total.
Gubernatorial scorecard
By EDITORIAL  |  April 01, 2011

New York Times' Bill Keller goes berserk on HuffPost, writes best #humblebrag of all time, shows up at SXSWi

Although it's already spawned a full-blow webternet kerfluffle and a full-body-contact response from its target, Bill Keller's NYTimes Magazine hit-piece on Arianna Huffington officially comes...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 13, 2011

Flesh and blood

The acclaimed folk/Americana quartet resume the whirlwind promo stretch leading up to their third full-length release, following 2008’s critically-lauded breakthrough Oh My God, Charlie Darwin and their ’07 debut, What the Crow Brings .
Last year, the Low Anthem finished their third album and toured the world. During a freewheeling interview back home, they tell us all about it
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 18, 2011