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Its day 80 covering the Obama administration and week ten for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…
Why the Boston Globe is on deathwatch: With a weekday circulation of about 350,000, the Globe is reported to be on track to lost $85 million in 2009. A high proportion of Boston’s residents are college students, who tend not to read newspapers, and a high proportion of its businesses are financial institutions, which, of course, have gotten hammered over the past two years.
More on Boston Globe from NYT: Perhaps most controversial, the Times wants to do away with lifetime job guarantees for Globe employees who were on board when the Taylor family sold the paper to the Times in 1993. “How long and how hard we negotiate is based on your feedback tonight,” union president Daniel Totten told Guild members at a Wednesday meeting.
It takes a real TV anchorman to cry. The NY Observer’s Felix Gillette writes about this trend in the cover story for yesterday’s paper. “Not long ago, television news was a no-cry zone,” he writes. “The top newsmen were celebrated for their emotional control in the face of gut-punching developments.” Gillette notes Glenn Beck‘s “We Surround Them” special, Roland Martin‘s tears after President Obama’s election, Rick Santelli‘s rant, Chris Matthews‘ “thrill” and Anderson Cooper‘s Katrina reports as just some of the examples of a changing cable news style.
WSJ is planning to launch a “premium iniative” to sell “narrower information services” at a higher subscription rate to subsets of its readership.
Tucker Carlson joined the gang on the Morning Media Menu yesterday. Topics du jour: bailouts (“I don’t think anybody has a right to a federally subsidized job. I certainly didn’t. I bounced around over the past 20 years in journalism and the taxpayers have never stepped in to save my job.”), ratings sensation Glenn Beck (“If you’re doing those numbers at 5:00, you’re doing something remarkable.”) and coverage of President Obama’s Europe trip (“fawning and childish”).
Is Yahoo a better friend to news than Google?
Baltimore Sun sat down with predictions guru and fivethirtyeight.com founder Nate Silver: “People like Chuck Todd at NBC are pretty good. But I don’t think the election coverage is all that strong necessarily, in part because people have very short memories… In politics, you may have Capitol Hill correspondents who are thrown on the election trail every four years and maybe don’t have expertise in that area. It’s kind of like Olympic coverage. Where do you find a good curling analyst, you know?”
More on beat-sweetener’s from Slate: “At a time when readers are abandoning newspapers and magazines in droves, it hardly behooves reporters to bore them” with pieces designed to suck up to government officials, says Tim Noah. “What’s the value of access if you have no public to share it with?”
JOBS after the jump…