It was seemingly inevitable. After announcing that the Boston Globe would deliver the Boston Herald last year, the two have finally merged their printing operations as well. You heard right—the Globe will now both print and distribute the Herald.
In other news: human sacrifice, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria …
Except that it’s not. The fact is, the Herald hasn’t run the presses itself for over two years, the Globe already distributes most of the right-wing tabloid and they are not merging their editorial operations in any way. No way, no how.
The deal “will not include sharing any editorial content,” reported the Herald’s Business Editor Frank Quaratiello, “and does not constitute any type of joint-operating agreement.” “Of course,” Globe publisher Christopher Mayer said in a statement, “the editorial and other business operations of the newspapers remain separate.” “Other functions of the newspapers,” echoed Casey Ross in the Globe, “including editorial operations, remain separate.”
The deal takes effect January 23, but a special editorial operation began immediately.
The subhead of the Globe story read “Cost-saving move lets tabloid cut 53 jobs,” while Quaratiello opened his story saying the plan would … “save 30 jobs,” then later said that “approximately 50 Teamsters would be laid off and paid severance.”
So the Herald saved 30 jobs then laid off 50 people?
So, they laid off 20 people?
The smokescreen carried on with this quote from publisher Pat Purcell.
This historic agreement comes as the Herald prepares to move to its new headquarters in the city’s vibrant Seaport District, in a new space that will offer a state-of-the-art newsroom for our print and web platforms.
The Globe story, on the other hand, said the Herald was moving into an “office building” and emphasized that Purcell was already entered into a joint venture “to redevelop the paper’s current 6.6-acre site.” Ross takes a couple more stabs at the Herald, saying the agreement benefits the companies “in different ways” …
“While the Herald saves on labor expenses” (ouch) “the Globe will take on more printing and delivery work, a growing part of its business” (oof).
The Herald report continues: “From Sunday through Friday, most Herald copies will still be printed at a Chicopee plant,” but the Globe will “print and deliver the city edition of the Herald from Sunday through Friday and the paper’s entire print run for Saturday’s paper.” So the Globe is printing the paper in Chicopee Sunday through Saturday and will save 30 jobs doing it. Gotcha.
The Globe continues:
In addition to expanding that arrangement, the Globe will distribute several other publications now delivered by the Herald, including New England editions of The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and the weekly financial magazine Barron’s. … The Globe already has contracts to print and haul the Patriot Ledger of Quincy and the Enterprise of Brockton, and starting in February, it will handle advertising insert supplements for the Fall River Herald and the Taunton Gazette. The Globe also prints and distributes regional editions of The New York Times.
So … everything. The Globe now distributes everything.
Where do I invest?
“ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST” is how the website that calls itself BostInno shat all over the Herald [We always thought BostInno was a publicist—Ed.].
The primary shitter was Michigan Wolverines fan Lisa DeCanio (“Go blue!” she says). While DeCanio reported nothing new, her damning headline and image of a gravestone baring the phrase “Print Media I Won’t Miss It” got our attention [Wait are they burying the phrase? Confused.—Ed.]
Lisa DeCanio’s journalism credentials include being named “PR Job Seeker of the Week” in 2010. Take it away Lisa:
About five months ago, the most I knew about PR was that it stood for Public Relations.
From there, my best guess was that PR professionals were experts at relating to the public – duh.
Oh, and that all of them (us) were clones of Samantha Jones from Sex and the City.
BostInno … I won’t miss it.
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