Our ‘Beat The Press Party’ Bakeoff (Totally Beat Edition)

The Great Boston MediaWatch Dogfight sort of continued last night as the Boston Herald and WGBH’s Greater Boston broad(web)cast their News Media Hall Monitor shows in the wake of this week’s Marathon bombing.

Let’s start, as always, with the Underdog.

The Herald paved the way for Friday night’s webcast with yet another full-page ad in its Don’t Stop Flacking print edition:

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Here’s the Herald’s run-up to its webcast:

It was one of the most challenging and heartrending stories ever covered by the Boston media — a terror attack on the city’s legendary Patriots Day marathon.

In a special edition of the Herald’s “Press Party” webcast — set to be posted at bostonherald.com at 7 tonight — you can go into the newsroom.

How do you send reporters into a dangerous and uncertain breaking news scene? 

Which images taken by your photographers are too graphic or insensitive to the innocent victims of this horrific tragedy?

How do you remain competitive and keep the public informed, without jumping too quickly at unconfirmed tidbits of information?

Before the cameras of Suffolk University’s Studio 73, our panel of experts weighs in on these hard questions and more . . .

It’s been a difficult and painful week for all of us in Boston. Our prayers are with those families whose lives are forever changed.

It’s not easy to talk about — but we must.

Then, the feisty local tabloid scaled this out over the Internet.

To summarize:

Well, we can’t – because the Herald website is like somebody’s hobby and none of its Press Party segments will actually play.

Meanwhile, crosstown at the Big Dog – WGBH’s Beat the Press – there’s no show at all posted.

Which means our Beat the Press Party Bakeoff is . . . well, totally beat.

UPDATE: Splendid reader Dan Kennedy tells us Beat the Press was cancelled.

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2 Responses to Our ‘Beat The Press Party’ Bakeoff (Totally Beat Edition)

  1. Dan Kennedy says:

    “Beat the Press” was canceled, John.

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