Unemployed reporter breaks Mayor Menino story on Twitter

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Wednesday evening, David S. Bernstein broke the news that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino won’t run for another term. Bernstein was the politics reporter for the Boston Phoenix, which abruptly shut down earlier this month.

He broke the news via his Twitter account.


That tweet kicked off what appeared to be an interesting evening for Bernstein:

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  • editorsteve

    The Globe did a great job on Menino coverage. But the paper has a long history of not crediting prior reporting. As Dan Kennedy and Jim Romenesko have noted (http://dankennedy.net/tag/kristen-lombardi/ and http://jimromenesko.com/2012/01/04/letter-boston-globe-fails-to-credit-phoenix/), Boston Phoenix reporter Kristen Lombardi was reporting on Boston’s priest/sex scandal for a year before the Globe finally got interested.

    I sat with Globe reporters at Columbia as they waited to accept their well deserved Pulitzer for carrying the story much further than the resource-starved Phoenix ever could. I asked why Lombardi had not been credited even once by the Globe. They sheepishly said she would be credited in the Globe book. She wasn’t. Nor was the Phoenix mentioned in a later Knight Foundation-funded case study of how the Globe staff miraculously found the story and launched itself toward the Pulitzer.

    I can’t testify as to the Boston Herald — I don’t read it regularly. But the Globe has been so militantly ignorant of seemingly important issues in my own community (Revere, just north of Boston) that I’m looking to the admittedly manpower-starved Herald as an alternative.

    I note that this will post with my Disqus handle, but my real name is Steve Ross.