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Senators urge State Department to ramp up efforts to find Tice, Foley

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Senators in New Hampshire and Texas are urging the State Department to increase its efforts to find missing journalists James Foley and Austin Tice.

‘‘As the months continue with no further information regarding Mr. Tice’s or Mr. Foley’s whereabouts or welfare, we ask for your continued personal attention to these cases," New Hampshire senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Texas senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz wrote in a letter Thursday.

They also asked Secretary of State John Kerry to raise awareness about U.S. citizens being held in Syria and to address it during peace talks in Geneva, the Associated Press reports.

Foley, a freelance journalist for Agence France-Presse and GlobalPost who's from New Hampshire, has been missing in Syria since November. Tice, a McClatchy and Washington Post freelancer from Texas, has been missing in Syria since last August. Tice's family recently returned to Beirut to, as they put it, "reach more deeply into the region on behalf of our son."
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Boston Globe to print entire press run of Boston Herald

Beginning July 1, The Boston Globe will begin printing the entire press run of the Boston Herald. The two papers announced the 10-year agreement Wednesday afternoon.

The Globe had already been printing and delivering about one-third of the Herald's print circulation -- an agreement the two papers had reached last year.

“This agreement represents an important component for the future of our business,”  Richard E. Masotta, Globe vice president of operations said in a press release that the agreement "represents an important component for the future of our business" and addresses "the structural challenges of our industry."

Boston Herald Publisher Patrick Purcell is quoted in the same release as saying:

“The newspaper industry, as well as other traditional media companies, has undergone a radical transformation in recent years. In the face of that change, it has never been more important for newspapers to implement ways in which they can be more efficient.  The Herald and The Globe both recognize this.  While we will continue to compete for readers and advertisers, we also recognize that we can serve those audiences better and longer by cooperating in areas that are cost effective.” Related: Report: Boston Globe bidders include Doug Manchester, Patriots’ owners
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Report: Boston Globe bidders include Doug Manchester, Patriots’ owners

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Bids for The Boston Globe are due June 27, and Beth Healy reports there are eight groups that might submit offers.

U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester "toured the Globe recently, according to people who saw him," Healy writes. Revolution Capital Group, which acquired the Tampa Tribune from Media General last October, is also a potential bidder.

Local interest includes the Kraft Group, which owns the New England Patriots; Boston lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan; and a group including two members of the family that sold the Globe to the New York Times Co.
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Chicago Tribune sends pizzas to Boston Globe newsroom

"We can't buy you lost sleep, so at least let us pick up lunch," a note from the Tribune's newsroom says. Boston Globe Magazine writer Scott Helman confirms to Poynter the lunch in question is pizza from Regina Pizzeria.

Photo courtesy Michael Levenson


Tribune staffers previously bought drinks for Times-Picayune staffers after they learned their paper was reducing print frequency and staff.
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Boston Globe sale precipitated by $100 million bid in January

Former Boston Globe President Rick Daniels leads an investor group that offered "more than $100 million" for The Boston Globe in January, Keach Hagey reported Friday night.

"The Times has been in quiet talks for the past year with the buyer group," Hagey reported. (more...)
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Who will buy The Boston Globe?

The New York Times Co. announced Wednesday afternoon that it would seek a buyer for its New England Media Group, which includes The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Globe and T&G employees are only some of the people who'd like to know who might buy the properties. They'll have town hall meetings on Friday with Times Co. vice chairman Michael Golden, Globe Publisher Chris Mayer told staffers in an email Wednesday evening. But the rest of us can only rely on published accounts wondering who might bite on the papers, a process Mayer said he expects "will take several months"...

• Probably none of the people who tweeted #whenibuytheglobe Wednesday. But some of their business plans are pretty funny. (more...)
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New York Times Co. will explore sale of Boston Globe

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The New York Times Co. has hired Evercore Partners to advise it on a possible sale of The Boston Globe, the Globe's Beth Healy writes, confirming a report by Bloomberg's Edmund Lee and Jeffrey McCracken.

“Our plan to sell the New England Media Group demonstrates our commitment to concentrate our strategic focus and investment on The New York Times brand and its journalism,” Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson said in a press release. The New England Media Group also includes the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and the Globe's online properties.

"We are seeing the first fruits of Mark Thompson's yet-to-be-fully-revealed new strategy," Poynter business analyst Rick Edmonds said in an email. "The Times Co. has a very full plate managing its flagship -- including ambitious and probably expensive plans for international expansion on top of a raft of digital initiatives. The Globe and its issues are a distraction from that work and possibly a strain on financial resources as well." (more...)
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McGrory: Boston Globe will ‘untangle’ its two websites

The difference between BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com isn't clear to "many people in this community and people in this newsroom," Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory told Poynter in a phone interview Friday. "That’s understandable," he said.

So Job 1 is "to untangle them," McGrory said, a task that "will involve some pretty strong maneuvers here. We’re going to start removing our in-depth Globe journalism from Boston.com, which is not a small move."

The Globe launched the paywalled BostonGlobe.com in September 2011, offering it as a "true reading experience," as former Globe editor Marty Baron told Poynter's Jeff Sonderman at the time. Boston.com was envisioned as a site for "the more casual audience that may visit infrequently, scan news briefly, or come for shopping or entertainment information rather than journalism," Sonderman wrote.

The free site will remain a destination for breaking news summaries, "more social media, more community bloggers, hopefully edgier content," McGrory said. "Boston.com will be in many ways the front page of Boston. BostonGlobe.com will be the front page of the Boston Globe." (more...)
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Washington Post polls on paywall as Boston Globe adjusts its meter

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Someone who took an email survey tells Michael Neibauer The Washington Post asked about several potential paywall plans:
There were three options, say the recipient — seven-day delivery and unlimited Web access for $24.95 a month, unlimited Web access without a print subscription for $14.95 a month, and Sunday delivery plus unlimited Web access for $7.95 a month.
Post spokesperson Kris Coratti told Neibauer the survey "is part of our regular market research — we routinely ask readers about many potential new products and pricing."

The Washington Post is reportedly considering installing a paywall of some sort this year.

Meanwhile, The Boston Globe is adjusting its paywall, Dan Kennedy reports. The Globe "started limiting social media sharing to only two free links a month," Kennedy writes. "We have been trying to find the right balance between the free-sharing culture of the Internet and paid access to premium Globe content," Globe spokesperson Ellen Clegg tells Kennedy. (more...)
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Boston Globe journalist joins John Kerry’s staff

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Boston.com politics editor Glen Johnson will become a senior adviser to incoming U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. "All I’ve ever wanted to do — since junior high school — and have done professionally – is be a news reporter. But this chance to serve the country and Secretary Kerry at such a tumultuous time, as well as work in foreign affairs and travel the world, was too compelling an opportunity to pass up,” Johnson told the Globe. (more...)
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