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If Edward Snowden Is in Trouble, So Is Journalism

Dan Kennedy | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The editors of the New York Times appear to have forgotten an important principle: The First Amendment is for all of us, and does not grant any special privileges to the institutional press.

What's Really Behind All Those Village Voice Layoffs

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.19.2013 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

When I heard about Friday's layoffs at the legendary, historic, iconic alt weekly The Village Voice, I Googled "Village Voice + layoffs." It took hour...

Boston Phoenix Falls, Smaller Alt-Weeklies Survive

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Media
Michael Sigman

The abrupt closing last week of the 47-year-old Boston Phoenix was a shock to the alternative weekly ecosystem. It also underscored the divide between struggling big city papers and more viable smaller-market ones.

Paste-Up Days at the Old Phoenix

Jeff Polman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Media
Jeff Polman

All good things do come to ends, though, and like many of our long-time cultural staples -- book stores, record stores, and video stores, to name a few -- newspapers have been dying forever, and it's kind of amazing it took 47 years for the Phoenix to finally succumb.

Boston Phoenix Shutting Down

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.14.2013 | Media

The Boston Phoenix, one of the country's most venerable alternative weekly titles, announced on Thursday that it is shutting down. In a memo first ...

Aaron Swartz, Carmen Ortiz and the American System of Justice

Dan Kennedy | Posted 03.15.2013 | Technology
Dan Kennedy

Nothing good can come from Aaron Swartz's death. But at the very least it should prompt consideration of why such brutality has become a routine part of the American system of justice.

The Demise of Boston Talk and the Ongoing Collapse of Corporate Radio

Dan Kennedy | Posted 03.05.2013 | Media
Dan Kennedy

What happened to talk radio in Boston? I would point to three factors. And I would suggest that none of these are unique to our part of the country. Boston may be on the leading edge, but these same trends could sweep away talk elsewhere, too.

How Reporters Can Beat the Convention Hall Wisdom

Dan Kennedy | Posted 10.28.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Yes, way too many journalists are attending the conventions, and many if not most of the folks carrying press credentials this week should have stayed home. But I never found any shortage of news at national conventions I covered.

Look Back in Anger

D. R. Tucker | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

The conservative template of attacking Obama with unrelenting invective was also created here in the Bay State, and used against Deval Patrick. I should know. I helped create that template.

Obama: You Ain't My B****, N****, Buy Your Own Damn Fries

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The good folks at the Boston Phoenix have distilled Barack Obama's tome "Dreams From My Father," to one key phrase: "You ain't my bitch, nigga, buy yo...

Sam Stein

Timeline: Romney's MLK Confusion

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's becoming increasingly hard to follow the various explanations and accounts of Mitt Romney's father, George, "marching" (so it is claimed) alongsi...

Boston Phoenix Basks In The Spotlight

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What makes a trend again? Today the Boston Phoenix is getting the media love, with not one, not two, but three stories getting link love in medialand....