Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Topeka Capital-Journal leaving offices

Topeka Capital-Journal is leaving its downtown offices, according to Morris Communications, the owner of the building, KSNT News reported.
The Topeka Capital-Journal “will be vacating the building,” according to Robert Kuhar, vice president of properties and facilities for Morris Communications. Morris kept the building after selling the paper to GateHouse last year.
It is unknown where the paper will relocate to.
“We do not have a location,” according to Publisher Steve Wade, the station reported.
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Today in Labor History

Labor History September 26th
The first production Ford Model T left the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. It was the first car ever manufactured on an assembly line, with interchangeable parts. The auto industry was to become a major U.S. employer, accounting for as many as one of every eight to ten jobs in the country. – 1908

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Meredith may be close to sale of Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Money

Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money, which Meredith is selling, may be on track to a sale with a group including billionaire Dan Gilbert and motivational speaker Tony Robbins, sources told The New York Post.
The Post report didn’t include details on the price being negotiated, but said Des Moines-based Meredith hoped to get at least $500 million in selling the titles.
One thing being considered is further cutting Sports Illustrated editions, according to the Post. The sports publication was reduced to 26 issues earlier this year.
Meredith announced Sept. 16 that it has agreed to sell the Time media brand to Marc and Lynne Benioff for $190 million in cash. The transaction was expected to close within 30 days.
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Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

On Sunday a mylar balloon caused power lines to arc in a massive explosion. 
Should they be banned?

When and how to use 4chan to cover conspiracy theories - Poynter

UK newspapers want big tech to pay for using their work - Engadget

The Ins And Outs Of A Potential McClatchy-Tronc Merger - Seeking Alpha

What Newspapers Can Learn From Digital-Only Services - Editor and Publisher

One Editor’s Hunt for Stories Leads Him to ‘Untapped Corners of the Internet’ - EP

Financing dies in darkness? The impact of newspaper closures - Brookings Institution

Stack of Sandpoint newspapers lit on fire in latest anonymous attack targeting writer - KHQ

'Roaring Back': Tiger Woods's victory makes newspaper front pages across the country - Golf

Irish newspapers join forces as news body chairman warns 'future of journalism at crossroads' - PG

Chinese-backed newspaper insert tries to undermine Iowa farm support for Trump, trade war - DMR

New York Times launches City Tours

The New York Times has launched City Tours with Urban Adventures, Skift reports.
City Tours involves “walking tours inspired by The New York Times.”
“Interact with locals, get hands-on experience, and enjoy exclusive access to places with a local guide,” says the Times’ page on the service. The tours last around four hours each, Skift says.
The tours are co-branded as New York Times and Urban Adventures tours, and Urban Adventures will do bookings and customer service. Nine tours will be available to start.
In 2019, new Times Journeys will include the politics of Jordan and Lebanon, Norway, with a focus on drone photography, and exploring mystery writers in Edinburgh. “All our journeys offer exclusive insights into the culture, history and forces that brought these areas to worldwide prominence,” according to the Times.
People who book a City Tour receive a one-month free trial of the Times, Skift says. When the trial is over, tour participants get a 50 percent discount off the regular price.
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Today in Labor History

Labor History September 25th
Lewis Hines
American photographer Lewis Hine was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.CLICK TO TWEETHine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States. – 1874
A group of African-American sharecroppers in Lee County, Arkansas perhaps loosely affiliated with the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Union (commonly call the Colored Farmers’ Alliance), struck to increase the wages they received from local planters for picking cotton. By the time a white mob put down the strike, 15 African-Americans and one white plantation manager were killed. – 1891
Playwright John Howard Lawson was born on this date in New York City. Lawson wrote several plays about the working class, including The International (1928), which depicts a world revolution by the proletariat, and Marching Song (1937), about a sit-down strike. He was for several years head of the Hollywood division of the Communist Party USA. He was also the organization’s cultural manager and answered directly to V.J. Jerome, the Party’s New York-based cultural chief. He was the first president of the Writers Guild of America, West after the Screen Writers Guild divided into two regional organizations. In the late 1940s, Lawson was blacklisted as a member of the “Hollywood Ten” for his refusal to tell the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his political allegiances. – 1894

Monday, September 24, 2018

Lee closes Montana Magazine

Lee Enterprises has closed Montana Magazine, the magazine announced.
“For nearly 50 years, Montana Magazine has captured the best qualities of Big Sky Country and helped define its unique character. Unfortunately, the dynamics of the publishing business have changed, and the magazine has reached the end of its distinguished run,” said a note from General Manager Matt Gibson on the publication’s website. “All of us at Montana Magazine appreciate our loyal readers, and we’re sorry to disappoint so many of you,” the note said.
Subscribers will get a refund for the unfulfilled issues remaining on their accounts, the magazine said.
The closure comes not long after Lee closed the Missoula Independent newspaper, which Lee shuttered on Sept. 11.
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Trade commission overturns newsprint tariff

The U.S. Department of Commerce initiated the tariff after a Washington state paper producer filed a complaint.

China shuts down over 4,000 websites

China has shuttered over 4,000 websites and online accounts in a move against “harmful” information, the official Xinhua news agency said Sept. 22, the BBC and others reported.
The campaign was jointly launched by the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications and the State Administration of Press and Publication in May, Xinhua said.
“As of the end of August, authorities nationwide have amended over 120 relevant violations and ordered 230 enterprises to rectify irregularities, removing or filtering more than 147,000 pieces of harmful information, according to a statement by the two agencies,” Xinhua reported.
The content included copyright infringements and material spreading “improper values, vulgarity or obscenity,” Xinhua said.
The move also seemed to be targeted at platforms offering free e-books, according to the BBC.
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Monday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

I departed La Verne at 4:44 A.M. this morning to 
pickup 16,500 pounds of food to give away to the less fortunate, 
in case you were wondering why I was not blogging?

The Nieman 80 - Nieman Reports

For New York Times, profits trump politics - Workers World

Greek journalists detained after minister files complaint - eKathimerini

Bloomberg’s TicToc is Starting to Build a Brand Beyond Twitter - Digiday

Digital to account for half of U.S. ad sales this year for first time - Campaign

Tribune Media Company (TRCO) Is Now Overbought - Wall Street Morning

Facebook’s Carolyn Everson: Rebuilding Trust Is Company’s ‘Total Focus’ - AdWeek

In Oregon, three news organizations are teaming up to cover state government - Poynter

The New York Times is asking readers to help it cover election misinformation - Poynter

Legendary Twin Cities journalist Barbara Flanagan dies at 94 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Richmond Times-Dispatch cuts staff

The Richmond Times-Dispatch cut eight positions this month, the paper reported.
The paper cited continued declines in print advertising revenue as the reason for the cuts.
Four people in the newsroom, two in advertising and two in creative services were laid off, the paper said. No reporters or photographers were cut. All affected employees are eligible for severance benefits.
BH Media Group owns the paper.
Last summer, Iowa-based Lee Enterprises began managing BH Media papers under a deal that pays Lee $5 million plus a percentage of profits to run BH Media’s 31 daily papers.
“What’s kind of sad here is that when Warren Buffett came into Virginia and started buying up papers, there was so much optimism; people were thinking of him as a kind of savior, someone with deep pockets … who would give them some breathing room,” Jeff South, a journalism professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, told the Virginia Mercury.
“I guess while Mr. Buffett’s heart was in the right place, he didn’t realize how difficult it was going to be,” he said.
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Today in Labor History

Labor History September 24th
The Chicago 8
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) were declared illegal in Canada. The ban was lifted in 1919. By 1923, the IWW had several branches in Canada, including the Lumberworkers International Union (LWIU) 120 and Marine Transport Workers International Union 510 in Vancouver, and an LWIU branch in Cranbrook BC for a total of 5,600 members. – 1918
The Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial began on this date.CLICK TO TWEETDavid Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Thomas Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale all went on trial before Judge Julius Hoffman for inciting a riot.  – 1969

China puts four-page ad in Des Moines Register

China placed a four-page Sunday advertising supplement in the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s biggest newspaper, to slam Pres. Trump’s trade policies in the midst of a China-U.S. trade war.
The ad dubbed the policies’ effect on soybean farmers “the fruit of a president’s folly.” It had articles saying Chinese importers are going to South America for soybeans under the current policies.
The section was labelled “paid for and prepared solely by China Daily, an official publication of the People’s Republic of China.”
The supplement also featured a story on a book about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “fun days in Iowa’’ during trips to the state in 1985 and 2012.
China put trade-related pages in a July issue of Roll Call, a paper covering Congress, but this may be its first effort to go straight to U.S. voters, Bloomberg reported.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Today in Labor History

Labor History September 22nd
The Great Steel Strike
The Emancipation Proclamation was signed. The proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863 and freed slaves in states that were then in rebellion. – 1862
Eighteen-year-old Hannah (Annie) Shapiro and 16 other young women abandoned their sewing machines and walked out of Shop No. 5CLICK TO TWEETat 18th and Halsted Streets of Hart, Schaffner & Marx, then the largest clothing manufacturer in the nation. All the women wanted were improved working condition and better wages. In initiating a strike that would last for four months and eventually involve some 40,000 workers, the group sent reverberations throughout the garment industry and laid the groundwork for the formation of a second major union in the industry. – 1910
The Great Steel Strike began. Almost 400,000 steelworkers in 50 cities struck to protest intolerable working conditions. Union leaders believed that if they could organize the steel workers, it would lead to a massive wave of unionization across the country. Thus began the Great Steel Strike of 1919. The bosses called upon the federal troops and crushed the strike after 3½ months, killing twenty-two people in the process. – 1919
Martial law was rescinded in Mingo County, West Virginia after police, U.S. troops and hired goons finally quelled the coal miners’ strike. – 1922
U.S. Steel announced it would cut the wages of 220,000 workers by 10 percent. – 1931
The United Textile Workers (UTW) strike committee ordered strikers back to work, bringing to an end “the greatest single industrial conflict in the history of American organized labor”. However, the southern employers continued to try to bust the textile unions and their ongoing agitation occurring along the Eastern seaboard. 10,000 National Guardsmen were mobilized in Georgia and the Carolinas, Alabama, and Mississippi, with an additional army of 15,000 armed deputies. Despite the overwhelming show of force, it is estimated that 421,000 textile workers had joined the strike, an increase of 20,000 new strikers in just one week. In response, martial law was declared in Georgia and the National Guardsmen started to arrest and jail large numbers of strikers without charge, holding them in World War I concentration camps. 13 strikers were killed and 34 strike leaders were held incommunicado. – 1934
Some 400,000 soft, bituminous coal miners went on strike for higher wages in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and Ohio. – 1935
The American Federation of Labor (AFL) expelled the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) for racketeering.  The AFL created the International Brotherhood of Longshoremen (IBL-AFL) to replace the troubled  ILA. The union was later readmitted to the then-AFL-CIO six years later. – 1953
Eleven Domino’s employees in Pensacola, Florida formed the nation’s first union of pizza delivery drivers, the American Union of Pizza Delivery Drivers. – 2006
San Francisco hotel workers ended a 2-year contract fight, ratifying a new 5-year pact with their employers. – 2006

Friday, September 21, 2018

Schneps Communications acquires Community News Group, NYC Community Media

Schneps Communications, a family-run business owned by Victoria and Joshua Schneps, has acquired Community News Group and NYC Community Media, one of the largest publishers of community newspapers, niche publications, websites and events in New York State.
The newly combined company will be known as Schneps Community News Group and will have a total printed weekly circulation of more than 300,000 copies, a digital reach of more than 2.5 million page views per month, and host more than 40 events every year, according to a news release on the sale from Cribb, Greene & Cope, who advised the sellers on the transaction.
“We will clearly have the largest reach of any local media company in New York City across print, digital, and events,” said Joshua Schneps, SCNG CEO.
CNG and NYCCM was owned and operated by husband-and-wife team of Les and Jennifer Goodstein. Les was a News Corp executive who led the initial formation of CNG through a series of acquisitions, while Jennifer acquired NYCCM, with its group of titles in Manhattan, from its previous owner. In 2014 Les and Jennifer acquired CNG from News Corp.
Schneps Communications has grown since the founding of The Queens Courier, by Victoria Schneps in her home in 1985, to become a publisher of community newspapers, leading digital websites and assets, business-to-business events, and live events.
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Can the Iconic Los Angeles Times Building be saved?

The two towers planned for the complex would rise 37 and 53 stories, respectively.

 Images via LA Department of City Planning

202 W. First St.
Developer: Onni Group
Budget: N/A
Residences: 1,127 units
Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A
Key Details: Onni Group is seeking entitlements to transform the five-building Civic Center campus bordered by Broadway and First, Second and Spring streets. The two western buildings, which now hold an office tower and a parking structure, would be demolished to make way for a pair of 37-story and 53-story residential properties. The project would create a total of 34,500 square feet of commercial space. The future of the Art Deco former L.A. Times headquarters building has not been revealed
The Latest: The Los Angeles Times, which had been in the building since the 1930s, left the complex in July. 
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission recommends that all of the L.A. Times buildings, including the 1970s addition, be given historic-cultural monument status - Brett Levy
Cultural Heritage Commission supports monument status for former L.A. Times buildings

U.K.’s Reach taps EAE to modernize systems

Reach (until May 2018 Trinity Mirror plc), the U.K.’s biggest newspaper publisher, has opted for a complete retrofit of all PCs involved with the EAE systems on its WIFAG web press at its Oldham facility. The Oldham facility outputs the highest page volume among the company’s numerous sites. Reach publishes 240 local and regional newspapers, including the national Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Daily Express, Sunday Express and Daily Star as well as other newspapers and magazines.
The order for EAE involves replacing the existing PCs in the EAE system environment with eight new control console PCs, twelve section control PCs, six PCs for the EAE Info reporting and logging system, two EAE Info Remote Workstations and one EAE Service PC. Four replacement units of the various PC models round off the hardware package. On the software side, the printer will be supplied with an update to the latest version of the EAE Info System plus the newest versions of both the operating systems, namely RMOS (an OS for industrial environments) and Windows.
The retrofit work in Oldham is due to be carried out by EAE, a supplier of controls, automation solutions and software for newspaper printers, at the end of September. To ensure efficient implementation, the new computer systems will be configured at the EAE headquarters in Ahrensburg, Germany. Both the operating systems and the EAE application software will be installed and tested there prior to departing for Oldham.
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Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Lee closes Missoula Independent

Lee Enterprises closed the alternative weekly Missoula Independent (Montana) Sept. 11. A demonstration protesting the closure of the free paper took place the same day, according to the Missoulian, a Lee paper in the city
Indy staff had voted to unionize in April under the name Missoula News Guild.
Matt Gibson, who had owned the paper since 1997, sold the Indy to Lee 18 months ago, then worked as general manager for the Missoulian, the Ravalli Republic and the Independent.
“The Independent has consistently lost money for its owners and is not financially sustainable,” said Gibson, according to the Missoulian. 
Those trying to get to the Missoula Independent’s website are routed to the Missoulian site and the Indy’s Facebook account no longer exists.  
Salary and benefits will be available through Oct. 10, according to an email from Lee, the Missoulian reported. 
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Today in Labor History

Labor History September 21st
The militia was sent to Leadville, Colorado to bust a miners’ strike.  Leadville was a leading mining community during the latter half of the 19th century due to its rich silver deposits. The amazing mineral wealth of Colorado turned it into the nation’s main mining region, and contributed to the wealth of families like the Guggenheims. The Leadville miners’ strike was an action by the Cloud City Miners’ Union, which was the Leadville, Colorado local of the Western Federation of Miners (WFM). They protested against those silver mines paying less that $3.00 per day. The strike lasted 8 months and resulted in a major defeat for the union, largely due to the unified opposition of the mine owners. The failure of the strike caused the WFM to leave the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and is regarded as the cause for the WFM turn toward revolutionary socialism. – 1896
Mother Jones led a march of miners’ children through the streets of Charleston to illustrate the effects of poverty.CLICK TO TWEETBetween 1912 and 1913, there were frequent violent conflicts during the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek strike in West Virginia. – 1912
National Football League Players Association members began what was to become a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout ever. The NFL Players Association demanded, among other things, that its members receive 55% of the league’s gross revenues. The players walked and didn’t return until seven regular-season games had been lost, to say nothing of the $275 million in revenues and wages. The owners were also forced to return $50 million to the networks. – 1982
Members of five unions at the Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas began what was to become the longest successful hotel strike in U.S. history. All 550 workers honored the picket line for the entirety of the 6-year, 4-month, 10-day fight against management’s insistence on cutting wages and eliminating pensions. The locals taking part in the strike were Culinary Workers Local 226, Bartenders Local 165, Operating Engineers Local 501, Teamsters Local 995, and Carpenters Local 1780. – 1991

Meredith merges Cooking Light with EatingWell, cuts jobs

Meredith is merging Cooking Light magazine with EatingWell to create the largest subscription magazine in the epicurean category under the EatingWell brand, the company announced. The new circulation rate base will total 1.775 million, a nearly 80 percent increase from EatingWell’s current rate base of 1 million, the company says.
Des Moines-based Meredith will launch a new Cooking Light special interest newsstand-only title in 2019 that will be published six times per year. The new EatingWell will launch with the January/February 2019 issue and will be published 10 times per year. and will continue to operate as separate destinations. Branded businesses for both Cooking Light and EatingWell, including licensing, bookazines, cookbooks and the Cooking Light Diet, will continue to operate under their current names.
With the move, the company instituted cuts, with around 200 jobs eliminated, according to the New York Post. In addition to editorial, jobs were cut in production, IT, finance, consumer revenue, digital, and advertising operations.
“Combining the powerful EatingWell and Cooking Light magazines will strengthen our editorial product while providing advertisers with access to this passionate group of consumers seeking a healthier lifestyle,” said Carey Witmer, group publisher of the Meredith Food Group.
Witmer and EatingWell Publisher Tiffany Ehasz will manage advertising revenue for the new EatingWell. The editorial team for EatingWell will remain based in Vermont, led by Editor-in-Chief Jessie Price. The Birmingham, Alabama, facility will go on serving as a Meredith hub for food-related content creation and distribution across platforms.
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Billionaires love buying newspapers

From Warren Buffett to Jeff Bezos, these billionaires are snapping up newspapers despite the fact the industry is struggling.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Paddock Publications going to full employee ownership

The board of Paddock Publications voted unanimously Sept. 11 to switch totally to an employee stock ownership plan, the Paddock-owned Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois) reported. 
The publisher has been part employee-owned since 1976.
Doug Ray, chairman, publisher and CEO of the company, announced the move Sept. 13. The move means the end of 120 years of family ownership for Paddock. 
The descendants of founder Hosea C. Paddock are selling their interest in the parent company of the Daily Herald, the paper reported. The company will likely convert to full employee ownership before year’s end, the paper said.
Executives Robert Y. Paddock Jr. and Stuart R. Paddock III said they plan to continue to work for the company.
Besides the Daily Herald, Paddock Publications operates the monthly Daily Herald Business Ledger, the weekly Reflejos Spanish-language publication, a number of downstate Illinois papers, a commercial publishing business and various niche publications.
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