Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Report: Cox Media Group planning cuts

Cox Media Group is planning around 87 layoffs at its campuses in the Atlanta area, according to Reporter Newspapers, which publishes monthly papers in the area.
Cox owns the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among other properties.
The job cuts are reportedly at the management level, according to Reporter Newspapers.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Cox filed a notice in late August about the planned cuts with the Georgia Department of Labor. The filing reads that Cox is “transitioning its facilities” at 223 Perimeter Center Parkway in Dunwoody and 6205 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs.
The location of the AJC newsroom in the long run is still not known. The newsroom relocated to Dunwoody from downtown Atlanta nearly a decade ago. There was a plan to move the newsroom back to Atlanta, but that has been scrapped, according to Reporter Newspapers.
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Today in Labor History September 12th

Eugene V Debs

Somewhere on or around this date, the first African-American trade union called the Colored Caulkers’ Trade Union Society of Baltimore was founded, with Isaac Myers as the union’s first president. – 1866
Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and socialist, was sentenced to 10 years for opposing World War I.  On June 16, 1918, Debs had made a speech in Canton, Ohio, urging resistance to the military draft of World War 1. He was arrested on June 30 and charged with ten counts of sedition. During his sentencing, he said, “…while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free…”. While in jail Debs received one million votes for president. – 1918
Eugene V. Debs was sentenced to 10 years for opposing World War I, the National Guard was deployed to quell New England textile labor strikes, the Hercules Powder Company explodes killing up to 51 and more.CLICK TO TWEET
Unemployed people marched on grocery stores and seized food from shops in Toledo, Ohio. Many unemployed workers were near starvation after county authorities cut off relief. Across the country, starving people were taking direct action instead of waiting for government help. – 1932
National Guard troops were deployed throughout New England (except Vermont and New Hampshire) to quell textile labor strikes. 1,500 strikers fought state troopers in Connecticut, with other conflicts occurring in Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, and Lewiston. In Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 500 protesters attacked the police with bricks. The National Guard fired into the crowd, killing one and wounding many. – 1934
United Rubber Workers formed in Akron, Ohio. – 1935
A total of 49 people were killed (some reports cite 51 killed) and  200 were injured, in an explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, New Jersey. – 1940
Union Square in New York City was named a national historic landmark, with a plaque commemorating it as the site of the first Labor Day in 1882. Samuel Gompers spoke there in 1886 on May Day and the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) demonstrated frequently during the economic depression of 1914-15. – 1998

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wall Street Journal: Events of 9/11

Editors at The Wall Street Journal recount how the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, affected the newsroom.

McClatchy, Google to launch site covering Youngstown

In late September, McClatchy and Google will launch their Mahoning Matters site, which covers Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, including Youngstown and Warren. The area’s Vindicator newspaper closed in August.
Mahoning Matters is part of The Compass Experiment, a local news laboratory founded by McClatchy and Google’s Local Experiments Project.
“Our name reflects both what we'll cover and what we believe: The Mahoning Valley matters. Youngstown matters. Local news matters,” said an announcement on the site’s homepage.
The Compass Experiment will use Village Media’s digital publishing platform in the Youngstown effort, its first new digital news site.
Mark Sweetwood, who was managing editor of The Vindicator for over ten years, has been named editor of Mahoning Matters. Also onboard are two reporters from the Vindicator: Justin Dennis and Jess Hardin
Todd Franko, the former editor of The Vindicator, was named director of local sustainability and development for Report For America, The Business Journal, based in Youngstownreports. Report For America is “a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities,” according to its website.
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Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Koenig & Bauer moves Commanders for Israeli company

Israel’s largest media company, Yedioth Ahronoth Group, has been a customer of Koenig & Bauer for nearly three decades, according to Koenig & Bauer. Their latest project with the German company was the moving of two Commander machines from the north of Israel into the main print shop in Rishon-le-Zion, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
Five Commander presses by Koenig & Bauer are now standing in the main print shop. The two Commander sections that were moved comprise six reelstands and six H-build printing towers with web widths of up to 1,520 mm. The systems are equipped with a Patras reel supply, six Pastostar RC reelstands and two KF5 folders.
Yedioth Ahronoth Group was founded 80 years ago. The daily newspaper Jedi´ot Acharonot is the flagship of Yedioth Ahronoth Group, which is majority-owned by the Mozes family. The group publishes a daily newspaper, local newspapers, magazines and digital content (Ynet).
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Today in Labor History September 11th

Crystal Lee Sutton

75,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia ended a 10-week strike after winning an 8-hour day, semi-monthly pay and the abolition of overpriced company-owned stores where they had been forced to shop. (Remember the song, “Sixteen Tons,” by coal miner’s son Merle Travis, in which there’s this line: “I owe my soul to the company store.”). – 1897
10-week coal miners strike ends with 8-hour day and more, more than 3000 die in a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, and Crystal Lee Sutton, the real-like Norma Rae dies.CLICK TO TWEET
More than 3,000 people died when suicide hijackers crashed planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Among the dead in New York were 634 union members, the majority of them New York City firefighters and police on the scene when the towers fell.- 2001
Crystal Lee Sutton, the real-life Norma Rae of the movies, died at age 68. She worked at a J.P. Stevens textile plant in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina when low pay and poor working conditions led her to become a union activist. She was fired from her job for “insubordination” after she copied an anti-union letter posted on the company bulletin board. – 2009

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

John Greene Rest in Peace

Long time Los Angeles Times truck driver and pressman, John Greene has sadly passed a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately I have no further details about John.

He was a very fun loving gentleman, may he rest in peace.

Helena-West Helena World finds new owner

GateHouse Media, owner of The Helena-West Helena World (Arkansas), has a deal to sell the paper to local entrepreneur Chuck Davis, the paper reported
The transaction was expected to happen Sept. 9.
“This change in ownership will allow The Helena-West Helena World to continue serving this great community, and we are delighted that closure is being avoided,” said Matt Guthrie, GateHouse regional vice president.
“We need to control our own destiny,” Davis said of his investment. “Our investment group feels that the newspaper is an integral part of this concept.”
The Sept. 6 issue was the last Helena-West Helena World publication under GateHouse ownership. Davis said he plans to reboot weekly publishing and is looking at online publishing also, the paper said.
Existing subscribers to The Helena-West Helena World will get refunds from GateHouse Media no later than Oct. 6 for the balance of their subscriptions.
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Newspapers Merging in Wayne, Lackawanna, Pike Counties

Atlantic introduces metered model

The Atlantic has launched a digital subscription service offering three new subscription plans and introducing a metered model on its website, the publication announced. 

Readers can now see five articles each month before being asked to choose an annual subscription. 

The publication has created digital, print and digital, and premium bundles. In a letter to readers, Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote: “My dream is that the steps we take in this period—a difficult one for our industry, as you no doubt know—will guarantee that our magazine will celebrate its bicentennial as a flourishing and indispensable creator of the world’s best journalism.” 

The letter said readers would see more changes in the months to come, including a fresh look and new digital experiences.

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Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Layoffs occurred on August 29th, 2019, 
at California Community News

Axios Media Trends - Axios

The Journal of Civic Information - JCI

Impartiality Is the Source of a Newspaper’s Credibility - WSJ

User Revenue Is Now a Growth Engine in News Media - INMA

Newspapers Merging in Wayne, Lackawanna, Pike Counties - WNEP

Newspapers Outperform TV, Radio, Web Outlets on Local Level - Odwyer PR

Meet Forensia, a software ready to debunk fake WhatsApp audio files - Poynter

CNPA Editorial: It’s simple — AB5 as is puts newspapers at risk - Times-Herald

Nicaraguan customs authorities target 2 newspapers with ink, paper seizures - CPJ

Blaming Google and Facebook, newspapers seek 'safe harbor' on Capitol Hill - Fox Business

There’s a Reader Revenue Revolution Happening. Will Legacy News Miss It—Again? - RJI Online

Editor and Publisher sold

Editor and Publisher has been sold to media consultant Mike Blinder and a newly formed company, The Curated Experiences Group, the magazine announced.
Duncan McIntosh, president and group publisher of the Duncan McIntosh Co. and owner of the trade magazine,announced the sale, which closed on Aug. 30. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
E&P says it covers all aspects of the newspaper industry, including business, newsroom, advertising, circulation, marketing, technology, online and syndicates. The magazine dates to 1884.
With a background in radio and TV, Blinder started one of the first digital papers in the country, according to E&P. He lives in Tampa Bay, and for more than two decades has worked with numerous newspaper groups through his media consulting firm, The Blinder Group.
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Today in Labor History September 10th

Polish, Lithuanian, German and Slovak miners were gunned down by the Latimer Mine’s sheriff deputies during a peaceful march from Hazelton to Latimer, leaving 19 dead and more than 50 wounded.   Some 3,000 were marching for collective bargaining and civil liberty.  The shooters were tried for murder but the jury failed to convict.  – 1897
19 dead and more than 50 injured when immigrant miners gunned down by the Latimer Mine's sheriff deputies and the Chicago Teachers Union goes on strike.CLICK TO TWEET
The Chicago Teachers Union began a strike after CTU President Lewis declared that negotiations with the city were not succeeding. Regulations required that contract negotiations had to be an issue in the strike, and the teachers were seeking better pay, better benefits, and protections for teachers who lose their jobs due to school closures. On September 14th, the teachers reached a tentative agreement with the city, which included preferences for teachers who have been laid off due to a school closing to be hired in another school, and student test scores having less of a role in teacher evaluations than the city had originally planned. This TA agreement did not hold,  and the strike continued, at which point Mayor Emanuel announced his intention to seek a legal injunction, forcing teachers back to work  On September 17th, the Mayor’s efforts to end the strike stalled as the walkout went into the second week. Delegates from the CTU voted to end the strike on September 18th and students began their return to the schools on the 19th. – 2012

Monday, September 09, 2019

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

Another blow to newspaper circulation as nine newspaper boxes 
removed from D and Bonita Streets in La Verne

A way out of the woods for the future of journalism? - Poynter

Seven ways journalists can up their social media game - Medium

Native advertising may jeopardize the legitimacy of newsrooms - CJR

Helena-West Helena newspaper gets new owners, won’t close - WREG

Newspapers and democracy: Struggling in the face of the internet - RCI

Goodbye, Downtown L.A.: One heck of a ride comes to an end - LAObserved

ThinkProgress, a Top Progressive News Site, Has Shut Down - The Daily Beast

As Readers Move More Toward Digital, How Are Newspapers Fulfilling Their Needs? -EP

Newspapers Are Suffering, But They’re Still the Most Significant Journalism Producers - NL

He may hate the word ‘buzz,’ but Los Angeles magazine editor Maer Roshan is creating it - LAT

News-Gazette Media selling to Champaign Multimedia Group

News-Gazette Media (Champaign, Illinois) is being sold to family-owned Champaign Multimedia Group, an affiliate company of Community Media Group, the News-Gazette reported.
The sale is expected to close in November.
CMG, based in West Frankfort, Illinois, owns and operates community papers in several Midwestern states, including Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, as well as newspapers in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York.
The purchase of News-Gazette Media will include three Illinois radio stations: WDWS, WHMS and WKIO, along with weekly newspapers, free-distribution shoppers and websites serving Mahomet, Rantoul, Ford County, Piatt County and Vermilion County, said News-Gazette Media CEO John Reed, the paper reported.
As part of the sale process, News-Gazette Media filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, the News-Gazette said. Staff was provided with formal notice of a possible layoff planned to happen in the 14-day period starting Oct. 31.
CMG indicated that it’s working on plans to rehire a number of News-Gazette Media employees after the sale, the paper said.
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Today in Labor History September 9th

In convention at Topeka, Kansas, delegates created the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America. The men who repaired the nation’s rail cars were paid 10 or 15¢ an hour, working 12 hour days, often seven days a week. – 1890
The first strike by African-American plantation workers occurred on this date in Georgia and Arkansas. They were fighting for wages of $1.00 a day. They lost the strike. – 1891
Boston police walk off the job, the Hanapēpē Massacre occurred killing 20 people, UAW President Leonard Woodcock made Nixon's 'Enemies List', inmates rioted in Attica and more.CLICK TO TWEET
Boston police walked off the job during the strike wave that was spreading across the country. The police had affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, prompting the police commissioner to suspend 19 of them for their organizing efforts, forcing others to go on strike in solidarity. Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge announced that none of the strikers would be rehired and he called in the state police to crush the strike. An entirely new police force was ultimately created from unemployed veterans of World War I. – 1919
The Hanapēpē Massacre occurred towards the end of a long-lasting strike. Filipino sugar workers on  Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi were attacked by local police who shot nine strikers dead and fatally wounded seven. Strikers shot and stabbed three sheriffs to death and fatally wounded one. A total of 20 people died. The massacre brought an end to armed protest in Hawaii. – 1924
Sixty striking Filipino workers were run out of Yakima, Washington by state police and vigilantes. -1943
United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock is named on President Richard Nixon’s “Enemies List,” a White House compilation of Americans Nixon regarded as major political opponents.  Another dozen union presidents were added later.  The existence of the list was revealed during Senate Watergate Committee hearings. – 1973
In a press conference, Mayor Daley admitted what we’ve known all along: “The policeman isn’t there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder”. –  1968
The Attica prison riot began near Buffalo, New York. – 1971

Journal-Gazette Building being sold

The Journal-Gazette Building, at 701 S. Clinton St. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is being sold, the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly reports. The business weekly cites Sturgis Property, who is working on the sale, the business weekly says. The 20,479-square-foot facility had been listed for $925,000, according to the business weekly.
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
“There is a purchase agreement that has been accepted on that building, but there is a time period of due diligence and inspection that needs to happen before closing. That is all I can share at this time,” John Caffray, vice president of brokerage, said in an email to the business weekly.
The structure was built in 1928. These days the Journal Gazette operates out of the Fort Wayne Newspapers building, at 600 W. Main St., along with its afternoon competitor, The News-Sentinel. The print version of The News-Sentinel stopped in 2017. The Journal Gazette features a News-Sentinel print page six days a week in its editions.
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Sunday, September 08, 2019

Sunday Morning in the Blogosphere

Dallas Morning News debuts new website

The Dallas Morning News launched a new website in late August. The site is built to be faster and more reader-friendly by gathering all its news brands in one digital spot, the paper said.
The paper had run DallasNews, GuideLive, SportsDay, SportsDayHS and Al Dia as separate websites. They are now grouped together on the new site.
The new loads three times faster than the old site, the paper said. It’s the fastest news site in Texas, said Mike Orren, chief product officer.
The site's backend was bought from The Washington Post, but its design and appearance were done in house. Orren said the new site also lowers the company's website expenses.
The site's launch will be enhanced with a marketing campaign that stresses the value of journalism done locally, said Dan Sherlock, the paper’s head of digital and brand marketing.
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Today in Labor History September 8th

Delano grapes workers strike

The bosses bent to the demands of striking Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the WorldIWW) in McKees Rock, Pennsylvania. They agreed to improve working conditions, a raise of 15% and an end to the “pool system” that gave foremen control over each worker’s pay. It was the Wobbly’s biggest victory to date. – 1909
Workers gave up their Labor Day weekend holidays to keep the munitions factories working to aid in the war effort. Most Labor Day parades were canceled in respect for members of the Armed Services. – 1942
Filipino American grape workers walked out on strike against Delano, California table and wine grape growers. The strike was in protest of years of poor pay and working conditions. Latino farmworkers soon joined the effort, and the strike and subsequent boycott lasted more than five years. In 1970, growers signed their first union contracts with the United Farm Workers union, which included better pay, benefits, and protections. – 1965
Some 2,600 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers began what was to be a successful 6-day strike for higher pay and against a two-tier wage system. – 1997

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Toronto Star offers free subscriptions to students

The Toronto Star is offering free limited time digital access to post-secondary students across Canada in the months leading up to the October federal election.
Students’ free access will end on Oct. 31. Continued access after that date will require a paid subscription.
The paper is calling the effort, which started in May, “the Vote2019 Offer, which basically means we want Canada’s newest group of eligible voters to be informed since they will have a say in how we shape our country on election day,” according to the paper.
There are about 2 million post-secondary students attending schools across Canada. The Staris also extending the offer to faculty.
Any current post-secondary student who wants to access the program needs to fill out fill out this form. They will need their school email account to register.
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Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Former Los Angeles Times Mailer, Phil Ramirez, was part of the 
color guard yesterday at the LA County Fair and parade

Five Ways We Can Seize Journalism’s ‘Hot Mess’ Moment - ICIJ

What do millennials and Gen Z want from the news? - Journalism UK

Medium Is Testing a Way to Save Articles Across the Web - Tech Crunch

Tribune Publishing Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results - Beloit Bulletin

Stop The Presses! Newspapers Affect Us, Often In Ways We Don't Realize - NPR

A fierce battle over defining employees in California nears decisive vote - LA Times

Alabama Media Group’s Hit Social Media Series Also Wins Big With Advertisers - INMA

Post-Gazette newsroom donates Pulitzer monetary award to Tree of Life congregation - PPG

The long and winding road to the GateHouse-Gannett merger — as told to the SEC - Poynter

How would it impact publishers if Facebook ditches the Like count? - Whats New in Publishing

Bugs bedevil newsrooms

The Washington Post newsroom has a cockroach problem, according to the Washingtonian.
“We have a growing pest problem,” wrote Jillian S. Jarrett, Post director of newsroom operations, in an Aug. 14 memo to newsroom staff. “We’ve gotten several reports of cockroaches in the newsroom.”
The newsroom seems to be the epicenter of the bug issue. “Facilities says that this is a newsroom problem and not happening on other floors,” Jarrett wrote. Jarrett highlighted steps Post employees can take to help conquer the pests, including clearing away all food and used dishes and properly cleaning up after “cakings,” which is Post jargon for cake parties upon someone’s departure, the Washingtonian said. “There are Clorox wipes in the copy aide station,” the memo read.
The news comes after recent revelations of bedbugs at The New York Times. Following that news, Times columnist Bret Stephens took offense after a tweet from George Washington University political scientist David Karpf painted Stephens as a bedbug and a Tweetstorm ensued, The Washington Post reported.
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