Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Post: NYT cuts ad execs

Post: NYT cuts ad execs: “This was a limited and targeted action, tied to a new strategy for 2018 that intends to bring the sales leadership team as close to our clients as possible,” a spokeswoman said, The Post reported. “As a result, we’re also adding new positions.”

Today in Labor History

December 12  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

A U.S. immigration sweep of six Swift meat plants results in arrests of nearly 1,300 undocumented workers - 2006

Quark buys Docurated

Quark buys Docurated: Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

With the crew from Buzzfeed and MUFON

What Happened to 'LA Weekly'? - City Lab

Meet the Guardian’s guest editors - The Guardian

Doyle McManus leaving LA Times - LAObserved

The repeal of net neutrality will hurt local news - Poynter

How Bots Are Threatening Online Discourse - Media Shift

Fake news: a symptom of the post-truth era - Illinois State University

The Herald's circulation is sinking fast. Will Gatehouse help? - Biz Journals

When news breaks, Google still can’t separate rumor from fact - The Outline

Former Gawker Employees are Crowdfunding to Relaunch a Gawker.com - Nieman Lab

As Trump, Sanders bash the press, even sporadic contrition is nowhere to be seen - Poynter

The Dallas Morning News announced the hiring of Dan Sherlock into the newly created position of head of digital audience.

The Dallas Morning News announced the hiring of Dan Sherlock into the newly created position of head of digital audience.: An award winning publication and premier resource for insight, analysis and technology integration in newspaper, digital and hybrid production.

Monday, December 11, 2017

I Spent 24 Hours With Alien Hunters

Alfa CTP to distribute through #1 Network

Alfa CTP to distribute through #1 Network: The #1 Network, based in Effingham, Illinois, is the fulcrum of an 18-strong network of local, regional and independent graphic arts dealers that provide product and technical support to the nation’s commercial printers. Through this agreement, Network members have access to the Accelero range of thermal CTP devices and alfa’s suite of workflow and RIP solutions.

LA Times drivers breakfast

The former truck drivers from the Los Angeles Times will be gathering for breakfast on December 12th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in Los Alamitos. This is an annual event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Hof's Hut Restaurant & Bakery
10900 Los Alamitos BlvdLos Alamitos, CA 90720
(562) 799-9552

Patch Continues Expansion with Charlotte, NC Edition

Patch Continues Expansion with Charlotte, NC Edition 

 Earlier this year, hyper-local news hub Patch reported it was not only surviving, but thriving. While sites like Gothamist and DNAinfo close, the website has found a model that works for them.

Today in Labor History

December 11  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

A small group of Black farmers organize the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Cooperative Union in Houston County, Texas. They had been barred from membership in the all-White Southern Farmers’ Alliance. Through intensive organizing, along with merging with another Black farmers group, the renamed Colored Alliance by 1891 claimed a membership of 1.2 million - 1886

Ten days after an Illinois State mine inspector approved coal dust removal techniques at New Orient mine in West Frankfort, the mine exploded, largely because of coal dust accumulations, killing 119 workers - 1951

The U.S. Department of Labor announces that the nation's unemployment rate had dropped to 3.3 percent, the lowest mark in 15 years - 1968

Forty thousand workers go on general strike in London, Ontario—a city with a population of 300,000—protesting cuts in social services - 1995

Michigan becomes the 24th state to adopt right-to-work legislation.  The Republican-dominated state Senate introduced two measures—one covering private workers, the other covering public workers—by surprise five days earlier and immediately voted their passage; the Republican House approved them five days later (the fastest it legally could) and the Republican governor immediately signed both bills - 2012

Publishers scramble to make their annual sales numbers

Publishers scramble to make their annual sales numbers 

For some, the holidays is a time to feel gratitude and reflect on the blessings of the season. For sellers of media, it’s a mad scramble to do their utmost by Dec. 31 to maximize their bonus if they’re lucky — or make up for lost revenue ground if they’re not.

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

One of the hazards of moving food, dropping a pallet

LA Weekly names interim editor - LAObserved

Podcast Ads Remain Stubbornly Old-Fashioned - DigiDay

The mysteries of journalism everyone should know - WaPo

Suburban staffers protest stalled talks with tronc - Robert Feder

Covering Children of Color Living in Poverty in the South - Poynter

The strange and sudden demise of the Houston Press - Texas Observer

Newspapers' share of ad pie set to get bigger next year - Economic Times

Dems to FCC: Force Sinclair to sell stations for merger approval - The Hill

Young readers spend more time with newspapers in print than online - Phys.Org

Production: Managing Expenses in Today’s Competitive Newspaper Market - EP

Saturday, December 09, 2017

KK.no's digital-first strategy pays off

KK.no's digital-first strategy pays off: In 2018, Norway's preeminent magazine for women, KK, will celebrate its 145th birthday. While KK has plenty of history and tradition, its progressive owner, editor and staff are proving this title is anything but old media as usual.Read more ...

La Verne resident rescued in Las Vegas mass shooting

Detroit News offers buyouts

Detroit News offers buyouts: Staff had until the end of the business day Dec. 4 to make a decision on the offer.

LA Weekly seeking writers that will work for free

Global Ad Distribution partners, circulation expert form Horizon Delivery

Global Ad Distribution partners, circulation expert form Horizon Delivery: Horizon Delivery will provide all core home delivery functions, including traditional daily subscription-based delivery, according to a press release on the company. Horizon will also add new lines of non-traditional home delivery revenue, the release said.

Today in Labor History

December 09  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Ratification of a new labor agreement at Titan Tire of Natchez, Miss., ends the longest strike in the history of the U.S. tire industry, which began May 1, 1998, at the company's Des Moines, Iowa, plant - 2001

December 08

Twenty-five unions found the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in Columbus, Ohio; Cigarmaker’s union leader Samuel Gompers is elected president. The AFL’s founding document’s preamble reads: “A struggle is going on in all of the civilized world between oppressors and oppressed of all countries, between capitalist and laborer...” - 1886

(There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America: This thoughtful and highly readable history of the American labor movement traces unionism from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1820s to organized labor’s decline in the 1980s and struggle for survival and growth today. Illustrated with dozens of photos, posters and more.)
114-day newspaper strike begins, New York City - 1962
President Bill Clinton signs The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - 1993
Nearly 230 jailed teachers—about one-fourth of the 1,000-member Middletown Township, N.J., staff—are ordered freed after they and their colleagues agree to end a 9-day strike and go into mediation with the local school board - 2001
Faced with a national unemployment rate of 10 percent, President Barack Obama outlines new multibillion-dollar stimulus and jobs proposals, saying the country must continue to "spend our way out of this recession" until more Americans are back at work. Joblessness had soared 6 percent in the final two years of George W. Bush’s presidency - 2009

Missouri paper to become weekly

Missouri paper to become weekly: The move to one-day publication could happen by Dec. 7 and will almost certainly take place by Jan. 1, the paper reported.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Photo credit: Al Seib

KK.no's digital-first strategy pays off - Editors Weblog

LA Weekly Names New Editor—Hillel Aron - OC Weekly

Man Charged With Carjacking Chicago Tribune Reporter - NBC

In Ireland, lawmakers are trying to criminalize sharing fake news - Poynter

Newspaper’s Botched Front Page Goes Down In Headline History - Huffpost

Boston Herald publisher announces sale of newspaper company - Boston Herald

LA Weekly Officially Cancels Sips and Sweets Event After Most Vendors Pull Out - Eater

République owners opening restaurant in L.A.'s historic Herald Examiner building - LA Times

Who Will Buy Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Time and Two Major Cox Newspapers? - The Street

Sinclair forcing stations across the country to air false attacks on the Poverty Law Center - MM

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Flint Group acquires Eston Chimica

Flint Group acquires Eston Chimica: Eston Chimica manufactures and sells water-based inks for flexo and gravure applications to printers predominantly located in Italy and Southern Europe. The company supports key paper and board applications, such as corrugated, shopping bags, paper bags, and various other water-based print jobs. Eston Chimica employs 32 people.

Today in Labor History

December 07  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Heywood Broun born in New York City. Journalist, columnist and co-founder, in 1933, of The Newspaper Guild - 1888
Steam boiler operators from 11 cities across the country meet in Chicago to form the National Union of Steam Engineers of America, the forerunner to the Int’l Union of Operating Engineers. Each of the men represented a local union of 40 members or fewer - 1896
More than 1,600 protesters staged a national hunger march on Washington, D.C., to present demands for unemployment insurance - 1931
United Hatters, Cap & Millinery Workers Int’l Union merges into Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union - 1982
Delegates to the founding convention of the National Nurses United (NNU) in Phoenix, Ariz., unanimously endorse the creation of the largest union and professional organization of registered nurses in U.S. history. The 150,000-member union is the product of a merger of three groups - 2009

December 06

African-American delegates meet in Washington, D.C., to form the Colored National Labor Union as a branch of the all-White National Labor Union created three years earlier. Unlike the NLU, the CNLU welcomed members of all races. Isaac Myers was the CNLU's founding president; Frederick Douglass became president in 1872 - 1869
The Washington Monument is completed in Washington, D.C. On the interior of the monument are 193 commemorative stones, donated by numerous governments and organizations from all over the world; one of them is from the Int’l Typographical Union, founded in 1852.  In 1986 the ITU merged into the Communications Workers of America - 1884
A total of 361 coal miners die at Monongah, W.Va., in nation's worst mining disaster - 1907
Int’l Glove Workers Union of America merges into Amalgamated Clothing Workers - 1961
United Mine Workers begin what is to become a 110-day national coal strike - 1997

U.S. ad market up 7 percent in October

U.S. ad market up 7 percent in October: Digital media grew 11 percent, while national TV was up 1 percent and radio was up 16 percent, Standard Media Index says. Meanwhile, out-of-home fell 3 percent, magazines lost 19 percent, and newspapers declined by 3 percent.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

A small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 during World War II

Is the Digital Content Bubble About To Burst? - Nieman Lab

What’s It Like Reporting From a City in Crisis? - Editor and Publisher

How the new ownership at 'LA Weekly' played itself - Pacific Standard

Rollins leaves LA Weekly, details emerge on new leadership - Punk News

NPR has a new guide for print reporters who want to work in radio - Poynter

LA Weekly’s new owners quit paying writers, push outlet to the right - Salon

LA Weekly's new era starts with backlash; some advertisers step back - LA Times

LA Weekly Loses Advertisers in Protest of New Conservative Owners - The Wrap

Old Newsboys to hawk newspapers to raise money for Christmas Bureau - NY News

Concert Venues and Record Stores Boycott LA Weekly to Protest New Owners - Spin

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

L.A. Weekly owners revealed

L.A. Weekly owners revealed: 'There is a lot of talk about who owns L.A. Weekly. We've seen all the speculation. Is it a Russian oligarch? Is it some Trumpista? Is it Lord Voldemort?' read the post.

Watch as your Thanksgiving Day paper goes from the News-Leader printing press to the loading dock

Denver Post cuts staff

Denver Post cuts staff: No buyouts were offered, unlike in the last round of layoffs, according to the Independent.

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

My subscription is delivered through the mail

Pulitzers change rules for breaking news category - Poynter

Newspapers will survive but with reduced numbers - rdnewsnow

LA Times Takes Major Step Forward In Campaign To Unionize - HuffPost

Progressive LA Weekly Falls Into The Hands Of Koch Ally - Crooks and Liars

Nearly half of Americans believe news media fabricates stories about Trump - WaPo

People who love newspapers are taking to Twitter for #LoveMyNewspaper day - Poynter

Unpublished Black History From The New York Times Photo Archives - New York Times

SPJ/LA Names Distinguished Journalist Honorees for 2017 - Society of Professional Journalists

How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and Huffpost stories - The Outline

My love affair with newspapers on National #LoveMyNewspaper Day - Springfield News-Leader

NYT halving free article access

NYT halving free article access: It's the first time the paper has altered the paywall in five years. A basic Times subscription is $15 every four weeks.

Los Angeles Times Press room to remain unionized

According to the NLRB website, L.A. Times press operators held a separate union organization election last week on whether to decertify their union. Preliminary results showed that 85 of the newspaper’s 90 press operators voted in an election that ended Nov. 30. Of those, 50 workers voted to stay with the Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters union and 35 voted against.

From the Los Angeles Times

Allentown paper to move printing

Allentown paper to move printing: In September, Tronc, The Morning Call's parent, bought the New York Daily News and its printing plant in Jersey City.

Today in Labor History

December 05

Unionists John T. and James B. McNamara are sentenced to 15 years and life, respectively, after confessing to dynamiting the Los Angeles Times building during a drive to unionize the metal trades in the city.  They placed the bomb in an alley next to the building, set to detonate when they thought the building would be empty; it went off early, and an unanticipated gas explosion and fire did the real damage, killing twenty people. The newspaper was strongly conservative and anti-union - 1911
Ending a 20-year split, the two largest labor federations in the U.S. merge to form the AFL-CIO, with a membership estimated at 15 million - 1955
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney welcomes the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, declaring, "No deal is better than a bad deal." - 1999
The U.S. Department of Labor reports employers slashed 533,000 jobs the month before—the most in 34 years—as the Great Recession surged. The unemployment rolls had risen for seven months before that and were to continue to soar for another 10 months before topping 10 percent and beginning to level off late the following year - 2008

Monday, December 04, 2017

Buzzfeed cutting staff

Buzzfeed cutting staff: The cuts in the U.S., which come from the business operation, amount to around 8 percent of staff. The U.S. news team was not affected.

Press Release: Los Angeles Times Staff Petitions for NewsGuild-CWA Representation


Los Angeles, Dec. 4 – The editorial staff of the Los Angeles Times filed for a union election Monday with the National Labor Relations Board. An overwhelming majority of newsroom employees signed cards authorizing union representation by The NewsGuild, the international union representing nearly 25,000 media professionals at publications such as The New York Times, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the AP, among others.

The editorial staff requested voluntary recognition from management and simultaneously filed for an election with the NLRB. They have yet to receive a response from Tronc, their parent company.

”We’re excited to take this step toward securing representation by the Guild and ensuring a seat at the table for our newsroom. We're asking management to voluntarily recognize our union so we can begin the collective bargaining process, but we've filed for an NLRB election to prevent any further delay. We're prepared to pull our election petition once management makes the decision to recognize our union,” said Anthony Pesce, L.A. Times data journalist and member of the union’s Organizing Committee.

The journalists of the L.A. Times have endured years of corporate turbulence and management problems, creating growing concerns about the future of the newsroom. Staff members have long complained of eroding benefits, difficulty retaining talent, and salaries that don’t keep pace with inflation or with industry competitors.

"Today is the start of the L.A. Times newsroom taking its fate in its own hands,” said The NewsGuild President, Bernie Lunzer.  “Journalists make the Times the valuable institution it is, and a strong, democratic workplace will ensure their voice is heard in the decisions that determine the publication’s future. Let the staff of the L.A. Times be an example: It's time for all journalists to have a seat at the table."

The union anticipates a successful election will take place in early January.

Monday is the 136th anniversary of the first edition of the Los Angeles Times, which was published Dec. 4, 1881. The newsroom has never had union representation.

More information can be found at the LAT Guild website, latguild.com.


Mission statement from the Organizing Committee:

To safeguard the future of the Los Angeles Times and its journalists.

“The Los Angeles Times is an essential institution. As employees, we take enormous pride in the journalism we produce, fighting each day to serve our readers and make our product better. We give our community a voice, and we deserve a voice as well. That’s why we are forming a union with the NewsGuild, the organization that represents our peers at The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press and many others.

A union is the best way for us to protect ourselves and ensure that we have a say in the critical decisions that shape our journalism.

We deserve to be compensated fairly for our hard work, our skills and our depth of experience. We are determined to halt the rampant turnover and knowledge flight that has destabilized our newsroom. With a union, we can begin to address stagnant wages, pay disparities and declining benefits. And we can create a workplace that reflects the diversity of Southern California.

Our No. 1 goal is the long-term success of The Times and its journalism. We believe the company shares that goal. The best way for the Los Angeles Times to flourish is through collective bargaining for its journalists.

We are asking Tronc, The Times’ parent company, to recognize the NewsGuild as our representative, and we are eager to work with management to achieve our shared goals.”


About the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America:

Representing 25,000 media workers across the country, the NewsGuild-CWA seeks to improve our lives through the building of community, at home and in the workplace. Through commitment to open democratic function we improve not only our own organization and the lives of our members, but fight most effectively for our common interests: sustainable jobs, equality in the workplace, dignified working conditions and the defense of ethical practices in our work. More at newsguild.org.

ESPN lays off 150

ESPN lays off 150: Most of the jobs eliminated are in studio production, digital content, and technology, said a Nov. 29 memo to employees from ESPN President John Skipper.

Letter to the newsroom: We’ve filed for an election


This morning we’re taking the next step toward forming a union.

We have filed with the National Labor Relations Board for an election to have the NewsGuild-CWA represent our newsroom. We expect the vote to be held next month.

It’s been inspiring to hear your stories and reasons for supporting this historic effort. We’re excited to begin addressing the issues we’re fighting for: job security, regular pay increases, more competitive salaries, equitable pay for women and people of color, more workplace protections and other concerns.

We have a strong majority of union authorization cards from the newsroom and that number continues to grow. With such substantial support, we’d like to take this opportunity to formally ask Tronc to voluntarily recognize our union.

We are looking forward to a positive and productive relationship between our newsroom and management and are hopeful Tronc will put its anti-union campaign to rest.

You’ll hear more from us in the coming weeks about the process of negotiating a new contract. We want to hear from everyone about what is important to you: both the existing benefits you want to protect and the areas where you think we can negotiate a better deal.

We look forward to working with each of you to safeguard the future of the Los Angeles Times and its newsroom.

Monetisation – New business models for a changing media landscape

Monetisation – New business models for a changing media landscape: As the ad-based model becomes less resilient for the future, media companies are looking for ways to diversify their revenue sources. These startups offer alternative solutions to monetise your content.Read more ...

Today in Labor History

December 04  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

President Roosevelt announces the end of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), concluding the four-year run of one of the American government's most ambitious public works programs. It helped create jobs for roughly 8.5 million people during the Great Depression and left a legacy of highways and public buildings, among other public gains - 1943
UAW President Walter Reuther elected president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations - 1952
Cesar Chavez jailed for 20 days for refusing to end United Farm Workers' grape boycott - 1970

How the South China Morning Post became a digital powerhouse

How the South China Morning Post became a digital powerhouse: When the Alibaba Group announced its intention to buy the South China Morning Post (SCMP) in December 2015, the news immediately sparked concerns over the impact this new ownership could have on the state of freedom of expression in the former British territory.Read more ...

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Will LA Weekly go the way of LA Register?

Don’t stop the presses! - Wired

A newspaper to have and to hold - Salisbury Post

LA Weekly pivots to unpaid 'contributors' - LAObserved

Poynter releases new study examining trust in the media - Poynter

Vice fires three employees amid investigations into sexual harassment - CNN

Today in Apple history: World’s first iPad-only newspaper folds - Cult of Mac

As AI Technology Advances, So Does its Ability to Assist Journalists - E and P

New York Times Scales Back Free Articles to Get More Subscribers - Bloomberg

Help coming for Quebec's newspaper industry from provincial government - CBC

Russia tightens the screws on foreign media and websites - The Independent Barents Observer

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Washington Post gets, and sends, the message via chat apps

Washington Post gets, and sends, the message via chat apps: Newsrooms are still experimenting with the best ways to take advantage of connecting with the massive number of users on messaging app platforms. What does success look like? For one Washington Post reporter, that means putting a not-so huge number of readers in the driver’s seat of a developing story.Read more ...

Today in Labor History

December 03  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Textile strikers win 10-hour day, Fall River, Mass. - 1866
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passes an ordinance setting an 8-hour workday for all city employees - 1867
IWW union Brotherhood of Timber Workers organized - 1910
Canada’s Quebec Bridge, spanning the St. Lawrence River, opens to traffic on this day after the deaths of 89 construction workers in the course of the job.  A flawed design was blamed for a 1907 collapse that killed 75; another 13 died in 1916 when a hoisting device failed as the central span was being lifted - 1919
General strike begins in Oakland, Calif., started by female department store clerks - 1946
The express passenger train "20th Century Limited" ends more than 60 years of service when it takes its last run from New York City to Chicago - 1967
Some 5,000 union construction workers in Oahu, Hawaii, march to City Hall in protest of a proposed construction moratorium by the city council – 1976

At least four thousand people die, and as many as 20,000, in one of the largest industrial disasters on record.  It happened in Bhopal, India, when poisonous methyl isocyante was released into the atmosphere at a Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant.  The results of investigations by Union Carbide and the government were never released to the public; one authoritative independent study laid blame at the feet of Union Carbide for its failures on training, staffing, safety and other issues - 1984
Arrests began today in Middleton, N.J., of teachers striking in violation of a no-strike law. Ultimately 228 educators were jailed for up to seven days before they were released following the Middleton Township Education Association's agreement to take the dispute to mediation - 2001