Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Chicago Tribune cuts staff

Chicago Tribune cuts staff: Sources said 14 positions were cut, mostly on the editorial side of the Tribune and its Pioneer Press suburban group, Feder reports.

Wednesday Night in the Blogosphere

Bad comic strips - HuffPost

Jeff Jarvis on fake news - Editors Weblog

NNA survey: Newspapers still top choice for local news - The Villager

Robservations: Layoffs cut ‘half a dozen’ jobs at ABC 7 - Robert Feder

Tribune Media shareholders to vote on Sinclair merger - Chicago Tribune

FCC Puts Two-Week Pause on Review of Sinclair-Tribune Merger - Variety

To Stop Newspapers’ Slide, Empower Local Publishers - Editor and Publisher

The Globe and Mail leads Canadian newspapers in readership - The Globe and Mail

New exhibit examines the robust history of daily newspapers in St. Louis - Stl. Public Radio

Redesigned newsrooms focus on smaller spaces, less clutter and, gasp, natural light - Poynter

Raycom, CNHI merge

Raycom, CNHI merge: CNHI owns more than 110 newspapers, websites and niche publications in 22 states. Under the merger agreement, CNHI will operate as a Raycom Media subsidiary.

Today in Labor History

October 18  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The "Shoemakers of Boston"—the first labor organization in what would later become the United States—was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony - 1648
New York City agrees to pay women school teachers a rate equal to that of men - 1911
IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out - 1927
Some 58,000 Chrysler Corp. workers strike for wage increases - 1939
The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) was formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO's Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. UPWA merged with the Meatcutters union in 1968, which merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979 to form the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) - 1943
GM agrees to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - 1983

(Sisters in the Brotherhoods: Working Women Organizing for Equality: Many blue-collar arenas remain contested terrain for females. Women still struggle to get training, to get jobs, and to secure a harassment-free workplace. Despite the efforts of the pioneering generation, females still enter these jobs one by one and two by two and only against great odds do they remain there. These oral histories explore the achievements of the women who made history simply by going to work every day.)

New group buys Civitas papers

New group buys Civitas papers: Larry Miller, an owner and CEO of Graystone Media Group, announced the purchase of daily newspapers in Durant and Altus, and a weekly newspaper in Frederick.

In Memory of Ed (Tex) Tallas

Ed Tallas Jr. shared a few photographs of his father with us, said he's spending some time with his mother in Pahrump, Nevada. 

Sam's Hofbrau pressmen reunion..1990's

In Pahrump..2016


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Analyst: Increase for Google, Facebook

Analyst: Increase for Google, Facebook: Michael Nathanson, senior research analyst of MoffettNathanson, says this will be similar to the 25 percent gain in the second quarter of this year for the four companies.

West Linn Paper Company: Mill Tour

West Linn Paper Company is an independent paper mill located in West Linn, Oregon, specializing in manufacturing coated free-sheet papers. The following video provides a tour of the West Linn Paper mill, and explains the process of how its quality products are produced.

Oppermann replaces SLS3000 lines

Oppermann replaces SLS3000 lines: Four Muller Martini inserting systems are operating at the Rodenberg plant, where Oppermann has invested tens of millions of euros to handle three daily newspapers and a dozen weekly newspapers for the Madsack media group, along with 70 weekly titles.

West Linn Paper Company

NYT, Vea launch travel residency

NYT, Vea launch travel residency: With the support of the Vea brand, a snack line from Mondel─ôz International, The Times will give up-and-coming journalists the opportunity to become Times contributors and travel the country and the world for their reporting, according to The Times. Residents will share their stories in multiple formats, including social platforms like Instagram and Snapchat.

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

Teamsters truck outside the Los Angeles Times production facility

Publishers Pivot To Video, Extend Reach - Media Post

Your newspaper continues to serve - Price Sun Advocate

Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist - The Guardian

Gravediggers at L.A.’s Biggest Cemetery Unionized - LA Weekly

Tronc Inc (TRNC): A Look Behind The Numbers - The Stock Talker

West Linn Paper Company will close after 128 years - Portland Tribune

Media struggles to develop strategies for covering hate incidents - Poynter

New York Times' Breakthrough 'The Daily' Soars Past 100M Download Mark - The Street

Sinclair Broadcast receives TV station bids as it pursues Tribune acquisition - Baltimore Sun

Managing Paper Waste, Our Most Precious and Expensive Commodity - Editor and Publisher

Twipe to migrate Eversify base

Twipe to migrate Eversify base: The move will allow Twipe to strengthen its position in the German, Swiss, and Austrian newspaper and magazine markets and will guarantee business continuity for Eversify customers, according to a press release from Twipe.

Today in Labor History

October 17  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

 A huge vat ruptures at a London brewery, setting off a domino effect of similar ruptures, and what was to become known as The London Beer Flood.  Nearly 1.5 million liters of beer gushed into the streets drowning or otherwise causing the deaths of eight people, mostly poor people living in nearby basements - 1814
Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. He had always maintained his innocence - 1939
"Salt of the Earth" strike begins by the mostly Mexican-American members of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local 890 in Bayard, N.M. Strikers' wives walked picket lines for seven months when their husbands were enjoined during the 14-month strike against the New Jersey Zinc Co. A great movie, see it! - 1950

(Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films About Labor: This wonderful book is an encyclopedic guide to 350 labor films from around the world, ranging from those you’ve heard of—Salt of the Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Roger & Me—to those you’ve never heard of but will fall in love with once you see them.)
Twelve New York City firefighters die fighting a blaze in midtown Manhattan - 1966
Int’l Printing Pressmen's & Assistants' Union of North America merges with Int’l Stereotypers', Electrotypers' & Platemakers' Union to become Printing & Graphic Communications Union - 1973
Industrial Union of Marine & Shipbuilding Workers of America merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1988

Monday, October 16, 2017

European printers get new presses

European printers get new presses: The Vorlander printing house, meanwhile, has decided to modernize its printing center in Dreis-Tiefenbach, Germany, with the newspaper series GEOMAN e:line. “We were convinced by the economic efficiency potential inherent in the innovations of the GEOMAN e:line and also see the long-term partnership with the market leader in web offset as the best precondition for consistently building on our success in Newspaper printing,” said Wolfgang Rothmaler, publisher of Vorlander's Siegener Zeitung, a newspaper in Germany's Siegen-Wittgenstein district.

Ed Tallas Rest in Peace

Retired Los Angeles Times pressman, Edward R. Tallas 78, passed away Saturday in Pahrump, Nevada from natural causes. Ed was affectionately called Tex by his colleagues in the press-room, and was always in a great mood. Tex enjoyed over twenty-five years of retirement after leaving the newspaper through one of the many buyouts. I'm unable to locate a photograph of Tex, if someone has one please send my way.

09-07-39 - 10-14-17

From Emmett Jaime III:

To all you old timers, I received a call from Fernando Ortega informing me that he got a call from Allen Cromer to tell him that Ed Tallas passed away this past Saturday-10/14/17.

They were out with their wifes when Ed started to feel a little ill, he was taken to a hospital where Ed had a heart attack and passed away. 

I don't have any information on the services but was told he will be cremated.

Ed and wife were living in Pahrump, Nevada as is Allen Cromer.

Most of us knew Ed Tallas, him and I worked on the same crew in our early years, I'm sure we all have some stories we can share about Ed.

May he rest in peace.

Photos provided by Patricia Scurlock

New Years Eve 1979

Exact year ? But early 1970’s

May 12, 1962 Los Angeles Times , Pressroom training Class

Ed Tallas 1948

ABB, 3TControl and HKMB team up

ABB, 3TControl and HKMB team up: HKMB operates 10 newspaper printing plants across Germany and Poland.

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Learn to read webpages like a fact-checker - Poynter

The Golden Age of newspapers approaches - City A.M.

Gustavo Arellano resigns from OC Weekly - LAObserved

Looking at the Augmented Newsroom of the Future - Media Shift

Washington City Paper’s Owner Puts It Up for Sale - Washingtonian

USA Today Offer: Pay For an Ad-Free Version of its App - DigiDay

What happened to the Newspaper Readership Program? - University at Buffalo

World Press Trends 2017: Trust is the new currency for success - Editors Weblog

One of India's most famous newspapermen is turning to digital - Nieman Journalism Lab

Covering protests has become the riskiest job in journalism - Columbia Journalism Review

Today in Labor History

October 16  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is beheaded during the French Revolution.   When alerted that the peasants were suffering due to widespread bread shortages, lore has it that she replied, “Let them eat cake.”  In fact she never said that, but workers were, justifiably, ready to believe anything bad about their cold-hearted royalty - 1793
Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men, including five free Blacks, in an attack on the Harper's Ferry ammunition depot, the beginning of guerilla warfare against slavery - 1859  

UPS Job Opportunity this Friday October 20th

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tronc lays off our colleagues at the Chicago Tribune

From the Los Angeles Times Guild

Oct 13, 2017
Yesterday we learned some of our colleagues were laid off from their jobs at the Chicago Tribune. We want to send our sympathies to these hardworking journalists and their families, and we hope they can land on their feet. Like the Los Angeles Times, the Tribune has no newsroom union, and Tronc can unilaterally change their jobs and benefits without any input from staff.
Having a union will not prevent layoffs. But we can collectively negotiate for a safety net: a contract that includes weeks of notice, a requirement for voluntary buyouts to be offered first, and guaranteed severance packages.
Journalists at The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many news organizations are represented by a union. They have a voice in their wages, benefits and working conditions.
The employees of the Los Angeles Times newsroom want a contract, and we look forward to working with Tronc to improve conditions for our colleagues.
Our mission is simple: to safeguard the future of the Los Angeles Times and its journalists.

Sunday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

A Los Angeles Times union is a good thing - Bill Boyarsky

Terre Haute Tribune acquired a new press in 1925 - Tribune Star

Facebook, news publishers, and the ‘demand’ for video - Medium

Remembering a champion of the value of newspapers - Seattle Times

4 women sue Detroit Free Press in pay discrimination lawsuit - Associated Press

Former Daily Pilot and L.A. Times advertising executive killed in shooting - Daily Pilot

Can Silicon Valley’s anti-labor attitude survive actual contact with a labor union? - Huffpost

Using newspapers, readers can tell difference between fake and real news - The Japan News

Why The NY Times and other publishers are adding experiential marketing services - DigiDay

Newspaper newcomers bought a failing paper and grew it into the largest in Colorado - Denver Post

Today in Labor History

October 15  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act—often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta"—establishing that unions are not "conspiracies" under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law - 1914

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Message from the Publisher & Editor-in-chief Chicago Tribune


The news industry continues to face significant financial pressure. We are not immune to that pressure.

We are making significant strides toward establishing a business model that will allow us to grow as we transition our newsroom for a digital audience. We do all of this with the focus on supporting our award-winning journalism.

Today we have notified a number of employees that their positions have been eliminated. This is an extraordinarily difficult decision. I want to thank those employees for the contributions they have made to the Chicago Tribune, our suburban newspapers and our other publications.

And I want to thank all of you for the work you do to affirm and enhance our position as the most influential and impactful news organization in Chicago and the Midwest.

We are seeing results. Our digital subscriber base is growing. We are drawing new advertisers who find that we can help them to build their businesses through our digital products. I’m heartened by the conversations I have every day with readers and advertisers. They feel a deep connection to us and to our work. They dearly want us to succeed.

We have more work to do to complete our digital transformation. Those efforts will accelerate in the months ahead.

I am confident that with our outstanding talent we will grow our business, grow our audience and continue to serve our readers and our community with integrity.

Thank you.
Bruce Dold
Publisher & Editor-in-chief

Brainworks works with Interlink

Brainworks works with Interlink: “We are happy to announce that CircSmart is now fully integrated with Interlink,' said Cindy Bates, director of Circulation at Brainworks. 'We welcome Brad Hill and his team and look forward to working with Interlink and offering our clients a great option for their mail needs. We are always looking for ways to make it easier and more cost effective for our customers to deal with their postal needs,” she said.

Today in Labor History

October 14  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Int’l Working People's Association founded in Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1883
The Seafarers Int’l Union (SIU) is founded as an AFL alternative to what was then the CIO’s National Maritime Union.  SIU is an umbrella organization of 12 autonomous unions of mariners, fishermen and boatmen working on U.S.-flagged vessels - 1938

Formal construction began today on what is expected to be a five-year, $3.9 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River.  It's estimated the project would be employing 8,000 building trades workers over the span of the job - 2013

October 13

American Federation of Labor votes to boycott all German-made products as a protest against Nazi antagonism to organized labor within Germany - 1934
More than 1,100 office workers strike Columbia University in New York City. The mostly female and minority workers win union recognition and pay increases - 1985
National Basketball Association cancels regular season games for the first time in its 51-year history, during a player lockout.  Player salaries and pay caps are the primary issue.  The lockout lasts 204 days - 1998
Hundreds of San Jose Mercury News newspaper carriers end 4-day walkout with victory - 2000

October 12

Company guards kill at least eight miners who are attempting to stop scabs, Virden, Ill. Six guards are also killed, and 30 persons wounded - 1898
Fourteen miners killed, 22 wounded at Pana, Ill. - 1902
Some 2,000 workers demanding union recognition close down dress manufacturing, Los Angeles - 1933
More than one million Canadian workers demonstrate against wage controls - 1976

EDS orders new presses

EDS orders new presses: The company is investing in two more C818 web presses from Koenig & Bauer, again with a capacity of 72 DIN A4 pages each. 'Our objective is to secure and further strengthen our position as the leading print service provider to customers throughout Central and Eastern Europe,' says Tomas Kramar, managing director of the EDS Group.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

We have been extremely busy at the food bank the past two days 

Tronc will announce Q3 results on Nov. 1st - Investor

NYT top editor Dean Baquet: On 'fake news - Tucson

Layoffs hit Chicago Tribune newsroom - Robert Feder

Two Stories That Show Why Newspapers Matter - Fortune

Future of Newspapers is Still in Print - Editor and Publisher

When L.A.'s Newsrooms Were Dominated by Men - LA Weekly

The laborers who keep beheadings out of your Facebook feed - Wired

Gustavo Arellano says he quit instead of laying off staffers - OC Register

Buyout offers show digital transformation is still a bloody business - Poynter

Publishers share fact-checking tools and initiatives to restore trust in media - Editors Weblog

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Google ends first click free

Google ends first click free: The policy required publishers to offer three free article to users a day before they have to subscribe or pay. If publishers did not offer the free content, Google did not fully index their articles.

Today in Labor History

October 11  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background - 1873
Nearly 1,500 plantation workers strike Olaa Sugar, on Hawaii’s Big Island - 1948

Gannett buys into Grateful

Gannett buys into Grateful: The investment will significantly increase the number of Gannett’s owned and operated digital sites, the company said. Grateful will launch in 2018 into several new personality-driven lifestyle categories with long-tail content, videos, live interactions, event integrations and passion topics readers across multiple platforms. The initiatives with Grateful will increase USA Today Network’s advertising offerings through influencer marketing, branded content and events sponsorships with consumers.

Wednesday Night in the Blogosphere

The ‘what if’ of last week’s whiteout - Freeman SD

Why the EO is moving to postal delivery - East Oregonian

Announcing CrowdTangle for Local News - Crowd Tangle

Denver Post moves from downtown Denver - La Voz Nueva

An Assault on Newspapers, Transparency - The Mountaineer

BuzzFeed makes web ads people might actually like - Business Insider

These two studies found that correcting misperceptions works - Poynter

Newspapers Hunt for Local Ad Dollars as Main Street Evolves - Editor and Publisher

Editors and publishers denounce Turkish jail sentence for WSJ reporter - Editors Weblog

Committee Approves Ordinance Oversight on Newspaper Delivery - Stevens Point City Times

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Globe and Mail wins online awards

Globe and Mail wins online awards: 'This is a tremendous honor. The competition here is among the best in the world, and to be recognized for general excellence, along with our enterprising work in investigations and explanatory journalism, is a testament to our team,' said Globe and Mail editor-in-chief David Walmsley.


Pioneer selling papers, print facilities

Pioneer selling papers, print facilities: The sale will include 22 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah along with newspaper and commercial print facilities, various shoppers and websites. The sale is expected to be finalized Nov. 1. Terms were not disclosed. Cribb, Greene & Cope represented Pioneer News Group in the transaction.

Today in Labor History

October 10  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Six days into a cotton field strike by 18,000 Mexican and Mexican-American workers in Pixley, Calif., four strikers are killed and six wounded; eight growers were indicted and charged with murder - 1933

Times pauses offer after 'abuse'

Times pauses offer after 'abuse': On Oct. 4, the paper announced that new digital subscribers would get a free Google Home device when they set up a new account in the All Access tier or higher. But according to The Verge, the company didn't state in its legal terms that the subscription must be for at least a year, so people were able to drop the subscription after paying $17 for one month, and still get the Home device.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

The reel-room from the shuttered LAT Orange County Facility

There rarely is a proper obituary for old newspapers - Townhall

Once upon a time, the pen was mightier than the sword - Tehelka

U-T print circulation continues downward spiral - San Diego Reader

An assault on newspapers, transparency - Greenville Daily Reflector

Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger Threatens Local Media - The Hill

LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions - LAObserved

This 20-year-old 'Paperboy' brings newspapers to you digitally - Your Story

Metro editor Ted Young warns of 'lemming-like rush' to digital - Press Gazette

Pioneer News Group selling media division to Adams Publishing - Therogersvillereview

Alliancebernstein L.P. Increases Position in Tribune Media Company - The Ledger Gazette