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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Tuesday Deadline Linkdump

Very tired. No writing. Only linking.

A new comic!
• Another Lost addict who discovered the show watching DVDs from Season I.
• Hall Monitor breaks the story about Chris Graff's mysterious departure from the Vermont AP. Sounds like everybody's still trying to figure out if he was fired, or if he resigned. Free Press this morning says resigned, but Vermont Guardian says fired. Which is it?
• Tom Evslin has been investigating how soldiers in Iraq call home.

UPDATE: And here's another one, from the Boston Phoenix's Media Log. Mark Jurkowitz speculates that the Boston Globe will be cutting more jobs.

Among the more stunning bits of speculation percolating around the newsroom is that the Globe actually lost money in the first two months of 2006. (While company officials had declined to give specific numbers, it had previously been reported that the New York Times Co's New England Media Group -- which includes the Globe, Boston.com, and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and has been struggling -- was still generating profit margins in the double digits as of the end of last year.)

Emphasis mine. In other words, they're making double digit profit margins at the outfit that owns ExploreNewEngland.com.

March 21, 2006 at 07:21 AM in House Rules | Permalink


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I am quite curious about this myself and am doing some digging of my own today. It should be interesting to see how this ends up.


Posted by: Chris Fells | Mar 21, 2006 8:21:38 AM

I assume you're talking about Chris Graff. It's interesting to read how different outlets are reporting it.

Editor and Publisher went with the Vermont Guardian's version that says he was fired.

The Burlington Free Press story lede has him resigning.

It's not just bloggers who get things wrong, it appears...

Posted by: cresmer | Mar 21, 2006 8:33:48 AM

Isn’t it strange that there are conflicting reports??

Consider – Graff has been at the AP in Vermont for 28 years. So, he must have a personal relationship – even close personal relationships – with many (most?) of the reporters in the state. So, when a reporter calls Graff to see what’s up, it isn’t just an interview – they are checking up on their friend, out of concern for him.

My point is – that Graff must be talking to his friends about what happened. And some of those friends must be reporters. So, there are journalists that know the dirt, and they just aren’t talking.

Or perhaps the folks in the know are talking – and the folks who aren’t in the know are talking too – which resulted in conflicting reports.

Or perhaps it’s too early for me to be blogging and I need a cup of coffee.

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Posted by: natkinney | Mar 21, 2006 9:18:41 AM

In case you didn't know, the NYT company is huge, and diversified. While I doubt that they are making millions from their ExploreNewEngland site, they do own part of NESN and 17% of the Boston Red Sox, and the Fenway management companies. Oh, ya, and about.com for $400+ million acquisition...

Posted by: Mike | Mar 21, 2006 11:56:21 AM

Perhaps this relates to an earlier post about Will Chamberlain's Vermont "reporting" on the investigation into the blog Blier Watch: WCV's post today on Graff's resignation lazily mischaracterizes Darren Allen's story in asserting that Graff was "fired."

Posted by: Scott Monroe | Mar 21, 2006 1:24:27 PM


It is funny how there are such conflicting reports. I have been digging around since this morning and haven't been able to get anyone to talk to me. I did talk to Erica Chabot over at Pat Leahy's office, and she was quite surprised by his departure. (By the way, Erica is one of the nicest people in the business.)

Nat, you are right, someone has to know something and they are remaining tight lipped to protect their friend, which is both expected, and at the same time, respected.

I think I need more coffee.......


Posted by: Chris Fells | Mar 21, 2006 1:56:10 PM

Today's (Wednesday, March 22, 2006) NY Times includes an article concerning the departure of Chris Graff from the AP, as well as matters surrounding it, here.

Posted by: mwb | Mar 22, 2006 1:16:04 AM

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