Archive for May, 2009

Thanks to the power of the Internet, the Globe interns scheduled dinner tonight so we could get together and chat before we start work tomorrow. When I say “power of the Internet” I really just mean e-mail … I guess it’s not that revolutionary. Laura (my roommate) and I met Matt, Jazmine, Nandini, Shelby and Sean. We’re at the slightly awk “getting to know you” stage, but it seems like a really fun, interesting group. I’m fairly excited about intern orientation. No, scratch that. I’m EXTREMELY PUMPED to walk into the Globe for the first time. I tried to play it cool, but what the hell.

Today’s DOM was this super interesting story about a woman who disappeared last year after placing a panicked phone call to her husband. She told him where she was, but her car/body have yet to be found. It’s creepy. I also got around to finishing the NYT mag article on Bill Clinton. Bill, if one of your aides stumbled across this blog and printed out for you, I just want you to know that I think we’d make good friends.

Good luck to everyone starting internships tomorrow!

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I think I’m going to start posting my favorite stories from each day’s Globe.

Here’s a story about the state Senate’s attempt to eliminate two holidays that are only celebrated in Suffolk County: Bunker Hill Day and Evacuation Day. The quotes from sparring state senators are hilarious:

“If we eliminate these holidays today in Suffolk County, then what’s next?” asked Senator Jack Hart, a Democrat, during last week’s budget debate. “Do we eliminate maybe Presidents’ Day? Do we eliminate July Fourth? Why don’t we get rid of Thanksgiving? Why don’t we think about getting rid of Christmas?”

My dad and I did a lot of fun touristy stuff today, but I’ll talk about that when I can post pictures. Happy Saturday!

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My dad and I made it to Boston safe and sound, and after getting completely lost while attempting to drive home from the airport, we finally made our way to Beacon Hill. It is GORGEOUS. I unfortunately packed my camera cords in the box being shipped over here, so I won’t be able to post any photos until next week. Boo.

I received my itinerary for intern orientation. It’s jam-packed:

Monday, June 1st

10:00am Intro/Winship Room
10:30am Story Conference/Winship Room
11:00am Professional Photo, Security, Globe Tour/Meet @ Message Center
12:30pm Lunch with your Editor or with Paula Bouknight and Charlie Ball
1:30pm Library Training/Library
2:00pm Computer Training/Meet @ Night Copy Desk
3:30pm Afternoon News Conference/Winship Room
4:00pm MultiMedia Presentation with Ed Medina/Winship Room
5:00pm Charlie Ball/Winship Room

Tuesday, June 2nd

9:00am Breakfast/Winship Room
9:15am Meet Marty Baron, Editor/Winship Room
10:00am Tour of Boston/Lunch @ Doyles in Jamaica Plain
4:00pm Meet First Friend/Winship Room
5:15pm Marty Baron intro Interns to Globe staff/Main Newsroom

I also picked up a newspaper today. Five staff stories on the front page. Yes. 🙂

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How do we save newspapers? Industry execs are trying to figure that out today, according to Atlantic correspondent James Warren.

Charging for online content, eh? I’ve never heard anything like that. At any rate, I’m really interested to see what comes out of this hush-hush conference.

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Apparently teenagers are really into hugging these days, so much so that some schools, “wary in a litigious era about sexual harassment or improper touching — or citing hallway clogging and late arrivals to class — have banned hugging or imposed a three-second rule.” In semi-related news, Virginia DMV bans smiles in driver’s license photos.

I leave tomorrow! I managed to condense my life into two suitcases, one large duffel bag, a backpack and one large box to be shipped via UPS. Will that be enough to get me through the summer? I’m leaving half of my shoes in Austin.

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I’m sure the New York Times Co. is really thrilled with Tom Friedman right now, especially since the Boston Newspaper Guild has yet to vote on pay cuts and other concessions proposed by the company.

The guild votes on June 8. It shall be an interesting first two weeks of work.

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Should I go visit the Twitter cat when I’m in Massachusetts? More importantly, why isn’t “tweeting” capitalized? Is “tweet” capitalized? I decided to investigate but was distracted by the fact that the 2009 AP Stylebook is now available. I’m saddened by the ugly cover.

Vikram thinks my blog is all about the gloom and doom of the newspaper industry, so I’ve decided to go with something a little more cheerful today: divorce! Also, I tend to enjoy stories about Facebook.

P.S. If you’re not doing anything tomorrow afternoon, come join some of us for 99-cent margaritas at El Arroyo on Fifth Street at 2 p.m. 🙂

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“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” Sonia Sotomayor, 2002.

My headline for this story would be “Obama: Hispanic females FTW!” I’ve always thought the NYT could use more exclamation marks.

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After spending the entire afternoon packing my bedroom/watching the Jon & Kate marathon on TLC, Noble and I decided to go the “breakfast for dinner” route at Denny’s, one of the true guilty pleasures in my life. If I could only eat five things for the rest of my life, French toast from Denny’s would be one of them (followed by lemon yogurt, bread, broccoli cheese soup and mashed potatoes, in no particular order).

While we were waiting for our food, I was telling him about everyone’s summer plans/internships/etc. I mentioned that Sean will be working for the Globe-News in Amarillo, to which Noble responded, “Amarillo? They have a newspaper in Amarillo? Don’t they just hang out at the saloon and get their news there?” Prove him wrong, Sean.

Also, parents of moderately successful high-school students across Texas are probably starting to get nervous about the fact that simply clinging to one’s “top-10 percent” status will no longer equal automatic admission to UT-Austin. Maybe UT-Pan American will see a spike in enrollment. There’s always the possibility of transferring in, folks.

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In the spirit of the Internet, I’ve decided to chronicle my 12 weeks in Boston this summer.

Join me as I desperately search for decent Mexican food in Massachusetts while interning at a 137-year-old newspaper that’s expected to lose $85 million this year.

But I don’t leave until Friday. Until then, I leave you with this: Newspaper printers worry about their livelihood, future. Hmm, sounds vaguely familiar.

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