Dan Kennedy reports.
to pick up the heartbeat of the city and whatnot.
Less than two weeks ago, the same expert was fretting over the Boston Herald not having office space in Boston proper. Now, the Boston Globe announces it will keep its mostly empty Boston address (rented office space) but insists employees, many living outside of Boston, not come there often. Isn't this mostly "keeping up appearances" and a distinction without a difference?
For years, many suburban lawyers, hoping to get lucrative Boston cases, began entering into agreements with Boston landlords to rent a simple mailbox at a "prestigious" Boston address that they could use on their letterhead and advertising. They would then have the mail forwarded to their suburban homes. Since the days of bustling newspaper newsrooms are long past, the papers might wish to copy the lawyers and simply rent a Boston mailbox. It now seems the Herald was the leader in reducing its needless city footprint.
The sad part is a lot of the parody has come true...
A helpful thing about having newspaper reporters in person in the city is that they can theoretically respond quickly to news at it is happening and report on it ASAP. I have to imagine that that suffers in some way when all reporters are told to work remotely, or the paper's offices move to Lowell when the paper's focus is purportedly Boston. One can only imagine that not having reporters physically in the city will lead to further decline of the papers and the quality of their coverage.
Lawyers, on the other hand, generally do not need to be in any particular place in case of emergency. (I said "generally," and am talking mostly about civil litigators and corporate lawyers, the people who charge the highest rates and the sort of people who would most benefit from a "prestigious" downtown mailing address.)
Having a physical presence in the city the paper is supposed to be covering is much more important to the quality of its work than it is for a lawyer to be physically located in any particular place, so long as the lawyer can make it to various court appearances.
Dan Kennedy was not fretting about the move. He explained it and justified it, just like he explained and justified the Globe's move. The only difference in his reporting is that he does display concern over the future of the Herald as he, unlike a fair number of Adam's readers, sees the value of the continued existence of the Herald to the future of reporting in the area.
That said, the Globe still has an office downtown, and Adam somehow decided that Braintree was a part of Boston a few weeks back when he reported that the Herald has decided to end their lease with their landlord in that city that calls itself a town.
Huh? I don't see what point you are trying to get at here.
...is the one on top of his head.
but we're having a bit of a pandemic, so people are trying to not spend time in shared indoor spaces. Since real estate is hard to come by, shutting down the office now and having to find a new one when it's safe again might not be worth the rent savings. It's a hard choice either way.
Hope this helps.
however I can set my watch to when the Hearld will pirate all its work on the drunken druggie that wiped out the Trump motorcycle parade last summer.
My company doing that as well, they ended up saving a quick 6 digits on the lease rent, utilities , maintenance. So they saving close to 400K and cant even raise our salary
I'm sure the Globe has some suburbanite reporters, but also ones who live in various parts of Boston or adjacent to it (can be faster to get to a statehouse story from Brookline than some parts of Boston, for example). The news certainly won't get reported if the newsroom staff all come down with COVID-19.
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