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Losses at Boston Magazine
November 26, 2008, 9:10 pm
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Boston Magazine has lost a couple of its signature voices in recent weeks. First, Paul McMorrow, and now, Amy Derjue.

McMorrow’s departure should be celebrated, as the long time freelancer, first for the underrated Weekly Dig and, most recently, wrote a weekly political roundup column for Boston Mag. got himself a steady gig with the Boston Business Journal. What Boston Mag lost was an up-and-rising voice who had a tremendous ability to see the bullshit that is politics and call it out in a sharp, fierce, and often hysterical way. He was Scot Lehigh mixed with Lewis Black. He, along with Jim O’Sullivan at SHNS, represent/ed the new vanguard of Massachusetts political journalism: GenX reporters who missed the social activism of the 60s, were youngsters during the conservative kick-back of the 80s, and worship at the alter of Jon Sewart. And I think that’s a GOOD thing. I don’t know if his voice will be allowed to come out in writing for the BBJ, but I sure hope so.

The loss of Miss Derjue, however, is a sadder story as she was a victim of tough economic times. She was the snarky voice behind Boston Mag’s Daily Blog. She had an intelligence that belied her relatively young age, was smart, without being wonkish, could comment on politics, sports and fashion, and was consistently funny despite being prolific. The site was a great blend of compiled and original journalism. Hopefully some media outlet will recongnize her talent and scoop her up quickly.

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