Daily Archives: April 22, 2014

The Boston Globe says hiring a broker to explore the sale of the paper’s headquarters is only the first step in a years-long process.
“Wherever our next home is, it will be reflective our culture of excellence and the direction our business is headed over the next few decades, Globe chief executive Michael Sheehan writes in a memo to staff.

“It is highly likely that we will find a suitable buyer and will eventually move from our current home. But don’t start packing boxes quite yet.”

Value of the Globe property has been estimated at $50 million to $70 million.

The memo to Globe staff:

Subject: Globe retains firm to explore potential sale of building
Date: April 22, 2014 at 3:50:04 PM EDT

To all Boston Globe employees,

There’s been much speculation about the sale of our property on Morrissey Boulevard, and we’d like to inform you of some recent decisions relative to that potential decision. Tomorrow, we will announce that we have hired Colliers International to represent us in exploring the feasibility of such a transaction and to help us identify possible buyers./CONTINUES Read More


* Transcript of today’s Aereo case oral arguments (
* Dear Justice Scalia: It’s not TV, it’s HBO (
* “Most of the justices seemed to think that [Aereo’s] service was too clever by half” (

I’ve vacationed with family in Eagle River, Wisconsin – where the lakes and the minds are clean. (They also love their homemade jerky in Vilas County.) Vilas County News-Review editor Gary Ridderbusch tells me “I’ve never heard one comment” about the name. “People know it’s a fundraiser.” (He later admitted in our phone conversation that locals might “snicker” when they first hear about the event, but they don’t make a big deal out of it.)

People have asked about the T-shirts, which Club 45 was selling them for $10 $20 (they went up). Jen at the bar tells me that readers who want to order the shirt can email her at (FYI: The back of the shirt says, “If You Jerk It, They Will Come.”)

* Great Northern Jerk-Off celebrates 20th anniversary (

— h/t @dailynewshack | Image via @journalistslike

- From today's Daily Kent Stater

– From today’s Daily Kent Stater

On Monday, Kent State journalism faculty members sent a resolution to university administrators to “express our objection to the way the university has handled the release of public records and the closed process relating to the recently completed presidential search.” The resolution was signed by 28 of the 33 faculty members. One tells me that some profs hoping for tenure didn’t want their names on the resolution. So far there’s been no administration response to it, I’m told.

On Tuesday, some faculty members bought a full-page ad (above) in the Daily Kent Stater. A few thought the language was too strong, I’m told, and declined to endorse it. The ad cost $1,028, according to the paper’s business department.

Here’s what the ad says:

We’re embarrassed

A letter from members of the faculty of the Kent State University
School of Journalism & Mass Communication

In a democracy, any decision that favors secrecy over openness must be closely scrutinized. Secrecy can damage the credibility of any public institution.

We’re embarrassed by our administration’s refusal to disclose public records related to the recent presidential search. And we’re troubled over credible news reports that some of these records may have been shredded to avoid public inspection.

Kent State’s decision to withhold these records may violate the Ohio Public Records Act. And though only a court of law can decide the legal issues, the administration’s decision to ignore the principles of transparency raises serious questions of ethics.

At the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, we instill in our students a reverence for open government and the right of a free press and public to engage in the oversight of government agencies. It is our duty to do this.

Kent State’s decision to withhold information about the presidential search teaches the wrong lesson to students. It also sends the wrong message to our friends, our alumni and Ohio taxpayers.

* Faculty say Kent State should release presidential search records (


“Had to enjoy the placement of this Obamacare story and the stand-alone photo of Obama just below it on the front page of today’s New York Times. Sure there’s a cute little line between them, but no way I let these two elements anywhere near each other.” — GlibandBitchy

* How do you really feel about that, Mr. President? (@GlibandBitchy)

* New York Times’ just-launched The Upshot “will be conversationalupshot without being dumbed down.” ( | David Leonhardt explains why we need another explainer site. (
* Times op-ed columnists assessed. (Three have to go, says Alex Pareene.) (
* It’s incredible that SCOTUSblog can’t get credentials to cover the Supreme Court. “We’re certainly not giving up,” says publisher Tom Goldstein. (
* Aaron Sorkin wishes for a “Newsroom” do-over. (
* The newspaper industry’s digital ad revenue is actually below where it was in 2007 in real terms, notes Ryan Chittum. (
* “No student has ever been attacked or threatened while out reporting” for a free monthly paper that covers the South Bronx. (
* Tom Brokaw says what we all know: The Sunday morning talk shows aren’t what they used to be. (
* A student at Chicago’s Roosevelt University drives four hours each way to anchor weekend newscasts in Lima, Ohio. (
* A former city editor recalls Ken Bunting: “He’d make a U-turn on a one-way street if he saw a story over his shoulder.” (
* The “Pervert Dave” story. ( | Earlier: The death notice doesn’t explain his nickname. (
* A new SEC filing discloses that Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes‘ total compensation in 2013 was $32.5 million. (
* Don’t take away my Aereo TV, dammit! ( | Earlier: My break-up with Comcast. (
* Indeed: “It’s worth double-checking what the URL shortener comes up with.” (@malcolmmw)


* PDF of Boston Globe’s front page ( | Globe’s website
* PDF of Boston Herald’s front page (newseum) | Herald’s website