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Boston Herald arts coverage in flux

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The Boston Herald is reorganizing — or perhaps reducing — its arts coverage. Music critic Jed Gottlieb, a champion of local music during his decade at the Herald, posted a note on Facebook this week alerting friends that Tuesday was his last day at the paper. In a subsequent e-mail, he explained: "I can say that I wasn't exactly laid off — that wouldn't quite be the right language. And I didn't exactly take a buyout. But it was somewhere in between." The good news is Gottlieb will continue to write about music on a freelance basis. The status of Herald movie critic James Verniere is also up in the air. Verniere, a member of the National Society of Film Critics, was circumspect when we inquired about his employment at the Herald. "My relationship with the Herald is changing, although I have not left yet and will still review films for the paper." Herald spokeswoman Gwen Gage did not respond to a phone call or e-mail.