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Inside the Occupy Boston media struggle

Up close and radical
It's a familiar scene outside the Occupy Boston media tent: a local television news reporter and her cameraman approach cautiously, looking for a clue.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 26, 2011


‘A Vast Wasteland' revisited

Newton Minow joins Harvard's digerati to ponder the digital future
Newton Minow joins Harvard's digerati to ponder the digital future
By: PETER KADZIS  |  September 12, 2011

conference about media reform in boston

Media activists aim to take over the future ... of news

'Get me rewrite'
Now imagine you're in charge of getting people excited about media reform — promoting things like local ownership of press outlets, a free and open Internet, and vibrant public journalism that operates outside of party politics. Besides the considerable outreach, education, and advocacy work in store, you've got to deal with the fact that many people just don't like the media.
By: SEAN KERRIGAN  |  April 08, 2011


Her Campus knows what girls want and isn't too shy to sell it to them

Brand aid
In her second vlog for Her Campus's New Balance "Fit for School" Campus Fitness Challenge, Emerson senior Cassidy Quinn Brettler sits on a gray couch against a plain white wall.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 15, 2010


MuckRock City

How two local new-media junkies cut through the red tape and became First-Amendment superstars
Michael Morisy and Mitchell Kotler started their Web site,, as a hobby, and they set out to do something woefully esoteric.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 17, 2010


'Obama’s Wars' by Bob Woodward

The inside scoop — so far
The inside scoop — so far
By: PETER KADZIS  |  September 24, 2010


Bill O'Reilly. In the Phoenix. On porn.

The grand poobah of Fox News on the legendary skin flick "The Devil in Miss Jones"
Okay, it's from 1974, but still!
By: STEVE MILLER  |  August 29, 2010


Is micro-news the future?

AOL thinks so, and the Globe and GateHouse are fighting back
AOL is like the Energizer Bunny. It just keeps going and going through a staggering number of transformations and reinventions.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 20, 2010

High-octane coverage

The Huffington Post owns Gulf coverage; plus, that Hitchens memoir
Despite admirable wall-to-wall coverage from the national mainstream press and unusually in-depth reports from network television and cable, the Huffington Post has emerged as perhaps the single best go-to source for developing news and wide-ranging commentary about the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  June 07, 2010


Meet Evan Thomas

The parallel careers of Newsweek's premier wordsmith
Narrative is the throughline in the professional life of Evan Thomas.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  May 13, 2010


Twilight of the superheroes

The ghost of Time Inc.’s Henry Luce haunts Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times
While riding the New York subway one warm night in 1922, Hotchkiss-schooled, Yale-educated Henry Robinson Luce conjured the name of his epoch-defining magazine after spotting an arresting advertising placard.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  April 28, 2010


Bully for BU!

A curious conflict of interest is followed by a legal threat — from a journalism center!
After six years at the Phoenix , I recently got my first pre-emptive libel threat. It came, most unexpectedly, from an investigative reporter. And beyond the fact that this struck me as a blatant attempt at intimidation, it demonstrated how tricky journalism's new, collaboration-driven future could be.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  March 12, 2010


Stop the Quinn-sanity!

Annals of Journalistic Awkwardness
The year is still young, but when the time comes to look back at 2010's media lowlights, the embarrassing demise of Sally Quinn's Washington Post column, "The Party," will almost certainly rank near the top of the list.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  March 03, 2010


Right Click

Conservatives have ruled radio and liberals have dominated the net; but as the Red Mass Group's rise demonstrates, the left's Web supremacy is hardly a sure bet.
Back in February 2007, a few months after a political neophyte named Deval Patrick cruised to victory in the Massachusetts governor's race with help from a political blog named Blue Mass Group (BMG) — which whipped up pro-Patrick sentiment while aggressively rebutting the governor-to-be's critics — I sized up a recent conservative entry in the local blogosphere.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  February 19, 2010


Ransom Notes

Was the NY Times being hypocritical when it suppressed coverage of its journalist who was kidnapped by the Taliban?
While reporting from Afghanistan two years ago, David Rohde became, for the second time in his career, an unwilling participant rather than an observer. On October 29, 1995, Rohde had been arrested by Bosnian Serbs. And then in November 2008, Rohde and two Afghan colleagues were en route to an interview with a Taliban commander when they were kidnapped.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  February 12, 2010


Poor reception

Talk radio helped energize Scott Brown's Senate campaign. Will it doom the Democrats in 2010?
The right loves to rant against the "liberal-media elite," but there's one key media sector where the conservative id reigns supreme: talk radio.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  February 08, 2010


Brave new Globe?

With a new publisher and a bevy of edit changes, is the Boston Globe  poised for a new chapter?
Sizing up the Boston Globe 's recent past is easy: simply put, in the past 12 months, the paper has seen enough gut-wrenching drama to change the name of Morrissey Boulevard to Melrose Place. But forecasting the paper's future is another matter.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 29, 2010


Covering a tragedy

How does a small local paper cover the world's biggest story?
The earthquake that ravaged Haiti on January 12 posed a major challenge for the Boston Haitian Reporter , the lone English-language outlet focused on Boston's sizable Haitian community. The quake and its aftermath were of vital interest to the Reporter 's core audience, but local, national, and international media were already tackling the story with resources that the Reporter simply didn't have.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 20, 2010


Through a glass darkly

Forecasting the media year to come
Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and sometimes seems to have all the substance and staying power of sea foam? That's an accomplishment.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2010


Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition

The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to teeter on the edge of oblivion.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  December 28, 2009
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