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Joe Heller, from his Facebook page

Joe Heller, from his Facebook page

Former Green Bay Press-Gazette staffer Thomas Rozwadowski wrote this tribute to former colleague Joe Heller, who was laid off as Press-Gazette editorial cartoonist after 28 years at the paper.

By Thomas M. Rozwadowski
Special to JimRomenesko.com
When I was a kid, I picked up the Green Bay Press-Gazette for two reasons: “Calvin and Hobbes” and Joe Heller.

I don’t even need to write “editorial cartoonist” next to Joe’s name, because if you grew up in Green Bay and had any desire to know what was going on in the pre-Internet age, you turned to his daily witticisms even before checking out the front page headline. It became ritual.

Joe was my entry point into not just reading but absorbing newspapers at dinnertime – another ritual that irritated my mom since we had a white kitchen tabletop, which sadly didn’t play well with an ink-stained publication. However, being both naïve and uninformed – as most kids are known to be – I never really pictured Joe’s presence as a “Green Bay thing.” He was simply this enormously talented cartoonist whose work happened to appear in the paper that landed on my doorstep. /CONTINUES Read More

The New York Times Co. is selling the Boston Globe, which it acquired in 1993 for $1.1 billion, to Red Sox owner John Henry for $70 million in cash. The deal also includes the Globe’s websites and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

“The Boston Globe’s award-winning journalism as well as its rich history and tradition of excellence have established it as one of the most well respected media companies in the country,” the 63-year-old businessman says in a statement.

Globe editor Brian McGrory says: “We have no plans whatsoever to change our Red Sox coverage specifically, or our sports coverage in general, nor will we be asked. The Globe’s sports reporting and commentary is the gold standard in the industry.” (The editor tweeted that “marathon negotiations with NYT ended at 1:50 a.m.”)

The Globe’s story notes that how Henry plans to run the paper is still largely unknown.

“What the Globe needs now is not so much a journalism guy as someone with strong business credentials and the integrity to keep the business separate from the journalism,” says Columbia University’s Bill Grueskin, a former newspaper editor.

NEW POSTS … from Ken Doctor (niemanlab.org), Rem Rieder (usatoday.com) and the Globe’s pressmen’s union (unionprinting.blogspot.com).

* Red Sox owner in deal to buy the Boston Globe (boston.com)
* The deal is expected to close in 30 to 60 days (nytimes.com)
* Will Henry keep the current publisher and editor? and other questions (huffingtonpost.com)