Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Today in Labor History

January 23

Some 10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, N.Y., for the 8-hour day, a 10-percent wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18-year-old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union – 1913

In Allegany County, MD, workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal era public works program employing unmarried men aged 18-25, are snowbound at Fifteen Mile Creek Camp S-53 when they receive a distress call about a woman in labor who needs to get to a hospital.  20 courageous CCC volunteers dig through miles of snow drifts until the woman is successfully able to be transported - 1936

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere


Our interview went well, should have Merly's green card within two weeks, 
which means she can leave the country and return




Deep layoffs began Monday at SoCal News Group - LAObserved

Internet use at home soars to more than 17 hours per week - USC News

Southern California is about to experience a journalism vacuum - Medium

New York 'Daily News' Exec Investigated After Harassment Complaint - NPR

Can newspapers make real changes under the constant threat of layoffs? - Poynter

Matea Gold named National Political Enterprise and Investigations Editor - WaPo

TV News Vet Ann Curry Says Newspapers Are Getting The Prime Scoops - BC Beat

Why ads keep redirecting you to scammy sites and what we’re doing about it - Vox Media

Colombian and Brazilian print newspapers most popular on Twitter in Latin America - KC

Rupert Murdoch says Facebook needs to pay publishers the way cable companies do - Recode

Monday, January 22, 2018

Los Angeles Times: Resting on journalism's charred laurels

Los Angeles Times: Resting on journalism's charred laurels

iNOVA Media Lab – research, project development and networking with media

iNOVA Media Lab – research, project development and networking with media: Joining the worlds of social sciences and emerging technologies, by applying their research to media industry practices.Read more ...

Today in Labor History

January 22  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California - 1826

Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor - 1849
 
The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union - 1890
 
Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions - 1932

Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers

Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers: A critical year looms ahead for Canada’s beleaguered newspaper industry, writes guest poster Marc Edge, a Canadian professor of mass media and author....

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

We have an appointment with Homeland Security in San Bernardino at noon today, 
uncertain if we will have our interview for Merly's green card or not at this moment?




Guild vote isn't even the top LA Times story - LAObserved

Society has traded the printing press for a smart phone - iPolitics

Google suspends fact-checking feature over quality concerns - Poynter

Denver Post Launches New Paywall, Hopes For a Steadier Future - CJR

Production: How to Build and Motivate a Strong, Enthusiastic Team - EP

Today’s newspapers wouldn’t publish the Pentagon Papers - The Japan Times

Remember Newspapers? Here Are 17 Times They Failed Epically - Buzzfeed

Tronc INC. Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers - Market Exclusive

Sizzling Stock Touches New Recent High: tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRNC) - Aiken Advocate

Why Even Digital Publishers Should 'Like' Facebook’s News Feed Change - The News Lens

Sunday, January 21, 2018

WAN-IFRA speaks copyright @ Internet Governance Forum

WAN-IFRA speaks copyright @ Internet Governance Forum: On 19 January we participated in a panel organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation on the importance of paying for content. In addition to myself, WAN-IFRA speaker was Daniel Bergamasco, Digital Editor at Veja, Brazil. Please find here below Daniel's full speech. Read more ...

Today in Labor History

January 21  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.


Some 750,000 steel workers walk out in 30 states, largest strike in U.S. history to that time - 1946
 
Postal workers begin four-day strike at the Jersey City, N.J., bulk and foreign mail center, protesting an involuntary shift change.  The wildcat was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”- 1974
 
Six hundred police attack picketing longshoremen in Charleston, S.C. - 2000

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The New Indian Express presents packaged newspaper on New Year's Eve

The New Indian Express presents packaged newspaper on New Year's Eve: An innovative marketing idea in the form of a New Year's folder was a success for the South India-based daily newspaper, writes guest poster Vignesh Kumar, Senior Vice President (Marketing), Express Publications (Madurai) Ltd., India.  ... 

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times employees celebrate the results of a
ballot-counting hearing at NLRB to form a union.




How The LA Times Union Won - Huffpost

Los Angeles Times journalists vote 248-44 to unionize - LA Times

Layoffs Cut Photo Staff Down to 2 at Florida Times-Union - NPPA

Facebook Is Going To Let Users Rank News Credibility - BuzzFeed

Los Angeles Times newsroom votes for union - Los Angeles Times Guild

L.A. Times Publisher Ross Levinsohn to take unpaid leave of absence - LAT

Union Is Formed at Los Angeles Times and Publisher Put on Leave - New York Times

Will Comment Sections Fade Away, Or Be Revived By New Technologies? - Media Shift

Los Angeles Times newsroom votes to go union amid growing corporate tumult - Poynter

More Japanese read news online than in newspapers for first time, survey finds - Japan Times

Media cold to Facebook changes

Media cold to Facebook changes: “Facebook's News Feed changes have publishers on edge,” read a CBS News headline. “The end is nigh,” read a story at digiday.com.

Today in Labor History

January 20  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Chicago Crib Disaster—A fire breaks out during construction of a water tunnel for the city of Chicago, burning the wooden dormitory housing the tunnel workers.  While 46 survive the fire by jumping into the frigid lake and climbing onto ice floes, approximately 60 men die, 29 burned beyond recognition and the others drowned - 1909

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) founded – 1920

Hardworking Mickey Mantle signs a new contract with the New York Yankees making him the highest paid player in baseball:  $75,000 for the entire 1961 season - 1961
 
Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," a eulogy for dying industrial cities, is the country’s most listened-to song. The lyrics, in part: "Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores / Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more / They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks / Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown..." - 1986

Friday, January 19, 2018

Harrisburg-area Sentinel paper to move

Harrisburg-area Sentinel paper to move: The paper, owned and operated by Lee Enterprises, will relocate to the new place in April at the earlier, according to Sentinel interim Publisher Kim Kamowski.

Ross Levinsohn takes voluntarily leave of absence

Dear Los Angeles Times colleagues,
As of this morning, Ross Levinsohn has voluntarily agreed to take an unpaid leave of absence, effective immediately. The company has retained Sidley Austin LLP to conduct a review of the allegations regarding his behavior. I want to reemphasize to you all that the Company takes any allegations of inappropriate behavior by its employees very seriously. It is critical that in any such circumstances we conduct a thorough review so that we have a full understanding of what happened. We will not hesitate to take further action, if appropriate, once the review is complete. In the meantime, Mickie Rosen will lead the Los Angeles Times and Lewis D’Vorkin will continue to lead the newsroom, reporting to Mickie. We understand this is a difficult and challenging issue. Thank you for your patience while we allow the review to run its course.
Sincerely,
Justin Dearborn

Former Florida news executive Bob Christie dies

Former Florida news executive Bob Christie dies: Christie was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and graduated from LaSalle Senior High School. He worked at the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester New York before moving to Delray Beach, Florida, in 1983. He worked for the Sun-Sentinel for 31 years, where he retired as vice president and director of operations in 2014. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and a proud Florida Gator dad. After being diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, he became a strong supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Margaret Christie; daughter Jennifer (Kevin) Perkins; daughter Meg Christie; sister Carol (Al) Clifton; and 3 grandchildren.

Congratulations from the Los Angeles Times Press-room

Dear Los Angeles Times Guild,
Well done on a successful union election campaign. It was great to hear of your overwhelming success this morning. It is good to see someone who gives so much getting their just reward. 

The Los Angeles Times Press-room offer you our wholehearted support in your future work, and we hope for your personal future success.
Sincerely, 
Cesar Calderon
Union President GCC/IBT 140N

Most daily newspaper deals since 2000

Most daily newspaper deals since 2000: In total, 80 daily newspapers changed hands in 2017 in 31 transactions worth $347.97 million.

Los Angeles Times Guild Union Election Results


“The final vote count for the @latguild: 248 in favor, 44 against. A landslide victory, and a historic day for the Los Angeles Times newsroom. 🦅✊”
TWITTER.COM

Wilson’s “Kidnapped by Columbus” set for publication

Wilson’s “Kidnapped by Columbus” set for publication: The historical fiction novel “Kidnapped by Columbus” will be published by Floricanto Press later this winter. Here’s a description:

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere





Honey, I Shrunk 'The Guardian'! - AL DIA News

Newspapers face damaging paper tariff - Meadville Tribune

Writing for a newspaper taught me to be fearless - Aarushi Agni

Teenagers are our best hope in fighting fake news - Boston Globe

Tale of 2 polls: What do librarians have that journalists don’t? - Poynter

NPR’s Ross Levinsohn scoop delivers a double blow to Tronc - Ken Doctor

Newsday Eyes Move, Outsourcing Drivers and Printing - Long Island Press

Documentary Illustrates Importance of Community Newspapers - News Wise

John Carroll, Editor Who Reinvigorated The Los Angeles Times, Is Dead at 73 - NYT

Axios CEO Jim VandeHei says its high-priced subs will come by year’s end - DigiDay

Top LA Times editors, newsroom guild call for 'frat boy' publisher to go - LAObserved

QIPC has new partner in Iran

QIPC has new partner in Iran: Its owner, Babak Soukhakian, is to represent QIPC and EAE in the Iranian market.

Today in Labor History

January 19  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Twenty strikers at the American Agricultural Chemical Co. in Roosevelt, N.J., were shot, two fatally, by factory guards. They and other strikers had stopped an incoming train in search of scabs when the guards opened fire - 1915
 
Some 3,000 members of the Filipino Federation of Labor strike the plantations of Oahu, Hawaii. Their ranks swell to 8,300 as they are joined by members of the Japanese Federation of Labor - 1920
 
Yuba City, Calif., labor contractor Juan V. Corona found guilty of murdering 25 itinerant farm workers he employed during 1970 and 1971 - 1973
 
Bruce Springsteen makes an unannounced appearance at a benefit for laid-off 3M workers, Asbury Park, N.J. - 1986

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sun Chemical to raise prices

Sun Chemical to raise prices: The company attributes the increase to recent price hikes in a variety of raw materials including carbon black, oil, and pigments.

Justin Dearborn writes that Tronc is investigating NPR's Ross Levinsohn's claims


The management of tronc is fully committed to fostering a professional work environment where employees are respected, valued and appreciated. We expect all employees to act in a way that supports a culture of diversity and inclusion.
This week, the company learned of allegations of inappropriate behavior by Ross Levinsohn. I want to assure you that the management at tronc is taking the allegations seriously. Tronc is committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion, and we will take appropriate action to address any behavior that is inconsistent with this culture.
We are conducting an independent review into these matters. Once that review is complete, we will take swift and appropriate action to address any behavior that falls short of our expectations.
Ultimately, we all perform our best – individually and collectively – when everyone feels safe and respected. Tronc is committed to building an accountable and transparent workplace, where we can continue to serve our communities and produce exceptional journalism.
Thank you for your support and cooperation.
Sincerely,
Justin Dearborn

Hearst cutting 145 after Rodale acquisition

Hearst cutting 145 after Rodale acquisition: Hearst notified the Pennsylvania Department of Labor of the cuts in a letter, as required by the federal law. The first jobs will end on March 10, except for one unidentified person who left Tuesday, according to the letter.

Editors at LA Times saying Levinsohn's alleged behavior "unacceptable"

Update: NPR obtained statement from 12 senior editors at LA Times saying Levinsohn's alleged behavior "unacceptable" - can't stay if true
table" - can't stay if true

Current Newspapers files for Chapter 11

Current Newspapers files for Chapter 11: Current owes more than $1.25 million to creditors, including lenders, printers, software vendors, and others. The Wall Street Journal first reported the filing.

Thursday Night in the Blogosphere








Not fit to lead the Los Angeles Times - LATG

Newsonomics: Inside L.A.’s journalistic collapse - Ken Doctor

Newsprint tariffs could make newspapers costlier - The Times Telegram

Tensions stir at Tronc-owned newspapers on both coasts - New York Post

Tronc names Jim Kirk interim editor of New York Daily News - Robert Feder

Accusations of 'Frat House' Behavior Trail 'LA Times' Publisher's Career - NPR

Dozens Of Additional Jobs Being Eliminated At The Florida Times-Union - WJCT

LA Times publisher under investigation by parent company over alleged misconduct - LAT

World's newspapers lodge concern with President Duterte on Rappler closure - Straits Times

LA Times owner Tronc opens investigation into newspaper's chief executive - Financial Times

Gannett Co. will close its newspaper printing plant in Appleton, impacting 140 employees - MBJ

Charleston Gazette-Mail may go on sale

Charleston Gazette-Mail may go on sale: Bankruptcy may also loom for The Charleston Gazette-Mail, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Today in Labor History

January 18  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

U.S. Supreme Court rules in Moyer v. Peabody that a governor and officers of a state National Guard may imprison anyone—in the case at hand, striking miners in Colorado—without probable cause “in a time of insurrection” and deny the person the right of appeal - 1909
 
"Take This Job and Shove It," by Johnny Paycheck, is listed by Billboard magazine as the most popular song in the U.S. - 1978

(Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class is a remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s.)
 
January 19
Twenty strikers at the American Agricultural Chemical Co. in Roosevelt, N.J., were shot, two fatally, by factory guards. They and other strikers had stopped an incoming train in search of scabs when the guards opened fire - 1915
 
Some 3,000 members of the Filipino Federation of Labor strike the plantations of Oahu, Hawaii. Their ranks swell to 8,300 as they are joined by members of the Japanese Federation of Labor - 1920
 
Yuba City, Calif., labor contractor Juan V. Corona found guilty of murdering 25 itinerant farm workers he employed during 1970 and 1971 - 1973
 
Bruce Springsteen makes an unannounced appearance at a benefit for laid-off 3M workers, Asbury Park, N.J. - 1986







January 17


Radical labor organizer and anarchist Lucy Parsons leads hunger march in Chicago; IWW songwriter Ralph Chaplin wrote "Solidarity Forever" for the march - 1915
 
President John F. Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, guaranteeing federal workers the right to join unions and bargain collectively - 1962

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Herald salaries made public in bankruptcy filing

Herald salaries made public in bankruptcy filing: Purcell got $970,092 in the year before the Herald filed for bankruptcy in December 2017. Purcell also received membership to a golf club and clearance to use a company vehicle.

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere


Inside the Statesman Press-room





Chicago publisher has design on ‘hole’ story - Robert Feder

LA Times on cusp of yet another big disruption - LAObserved

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech - Wired

Philippines revokes licence of leading news website Rappler - The Guardian

Philippines accused of attacking press freedom in Rappler shutdown - Wiki Tribune

‘Is whistleblowing worth prison or a life in exile?’: Edward Snowden talks - Guardian

As More and More Misinformation Spreads Online, Can Trust Ever Be Restored? - EP

A Southern editor's anguished lament at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. - Poynter

OC Register and other Digital First Media newspapers face 'significant' layoffs - LA Times

Immediate Openings for Goss Metro Pressmen

Immediate Openings for Goss Metro PressmenHearst Media Services Bridgeport, Connecticut print operation has expanded. We have two - 3rd shift positions and one - 2nd shift position open for experienced Goss Metro Offset pressman. 3rd shift is M-F 11p to 7a, Sat 7p-5a, and Sun 8p-5a. Rotating days off that gives you a 4 day weekend every 5 weeks. Looking for candidates that can set color, register and work with crew on set ups, running web leads and other required tasks. Desire to work as Man In Charge a plus.

We also have one opening in reel room. Job duties include prep and set up of paper for press runs. This is an entry level position to printing. Must have organizational skills and ability to lift 50lbs.
Qualified candidates please send resume to: Jfritz@ctpost.com

Denver Post adds paywall

Denver Post adds paywall: Starting Jan, 15, any online reader who hits a per-month threshold will be asked to buy a digital subscription, writes Post editorial page editor Chuck Plunkett.

Today in Labor History

January 16  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect - 1883
 
Thousands of Palmer Raids detainees win right to meet with lawyers and attorney representation at deportation hearings. "Palmer" was Alexander Mitchell Palmer, U.S. attorney general under Woodrow Wilson. Palmer believed Communism was "eating its way into the homes of the American workman," and Socialists were causing most of the country's social problems - 1920
 
Former UAW President Leonard Woodcock dies in Ann Arbor, Mich., at age 89. He had succeeded Walter Reuther and led the union from 1970 to 1977 - 2001




January 15

Wobbly Ralph Chaplin, in Chicago for a demonstration against hunger, completes the writing of the labor anthem “Solidarity Forever” on this date in 1915. He’d begun writing it in 1914 during a miners’ strike in Huntington, W. Va. The first verse:
When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong! – 1915

Seventeen workers in the area die when a large molasses storage tank in Boston’s North End neighborhood bursts, sending a 40-foot wave of molasses surging through the streets at an estimated 35 miles per hour.  In all, 21 people died and 150 were injured.  The incident is variously known as the Boston Molasses Disaster, the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy.  Some residents claim that on hot summer days, the area still smells of molasses - 1919
 
Martin Luther King Jr. born - 1929


(All Labor Has Dignity: Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. He fought throughout his life to connect the labor and civil rights movements, envisioning them as twin pillars for social reform. King's speeches on labor rights and economic justice underscore his relevance for today. They help us imagine King anew: as a human rights leader whose commitment to unions and an end to poverty was a crucial part of his civil rights agenda.)
 
The CIO miners' union in the Grass Valley area of California strikes for higher wages, union recognition, and the 8-hour day. The strike was defeated when vigilantes and law enforcement officials expelled 400 miners and their families from the area - 1938

The Pentagon, to this day the largest office building in the world, is dedicated just 16 months after groundbreaking. At times of peak employment 13,000 workers labored on the project – 1943


Some 174,000 members of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union (UE) struck General Electric and Westinghouse after the power companies, with record-setting profits, offered just a half-cent per hour increase. After nine weeks, the strike was settled with an 18.5 cents hourly wage improvement - 1946

Penthouse in line for third bankruptcy

Penthouse in line for third bankruptcy: The brand began with Bob Guccione’s Penthouse Magazine in 1965. Chapter 11 papers were filed in California court in mid-January.