Thursday, January 17, 2019

Is L.A. Weekly going digital only?

As a long time mail subscriber to LA Weekly I was saddened to learn they will no longer support subscriptions through the mail. I’m assuming the hard copy of the tabloid will be disappearing and LA Weekly will become a digital newspaper only.

From LA Weekly: 

Dear Subscriber,

Unfortunately, due to rising print and paper costs, we have been forced to withdraw our mail subscriptions. This is a refund check covering your unused portion.

You can still find the digital edition at:

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for subscribing.

L.A. Weekly Circulation Department

LA Weekly is a free weekly alternative newspaper in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1978 by Jay Levin, who served as president and editor until 1991. Voice Media Group sold the paper in late 2017 to Semanal Media LLC. Wikipedia

Times Publishing, Marion Poynter trust settle suit

A settlement has been reached in a suit filed by the trust benefitting Marion Poynter, Nelson Poynter’s widow, against the Times Publishing Co., the Tampa Bay Times reported. The trust has withdrawn the suit. Terms of the settlement were not made public.
Marion Poynter sued Times Publishing Co., which operates the Tampa Bay Times and other publications, Poynter and others reported. 
The suit, filed in a U.S. District Court in Fauquier County, Virginia, claimed that Times Publishing owed the Marion K. Poynter charitable trust $7.8 million plus interest.
The charitable trust was set up in 1990 during an effort to stave off a hostile takeover of the St. Petersburg Times, which later changed its name to the Tampa Bay Times, the paper reported. 
Marion Poynter’s stock was employed to help avert the takeover. The paper was to pay Poynter some million dollars a year for the stock move.
The company stopped making the payments in May. It said the rise in newsprint costs due to tariffs on Canadian imports was to blame. 
New and Tech

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Rainbow over the food pantry yesterday

Did we just experience the hardest decade in journalism? - Poynter

Ann Dwyer named editor of Crain’s Chicago Business - Robert Feder

L.A. Times writing more of Union-Tribune stories - San Diego Reader

Florida History: Here are Florida’s top 25 stories of all time - Jacksonville

Production: The Benefits of Gray Bars in Newspapers - Editor and Publisher

End of two daily newspapers announced in South Arkansas - Arkansas Times

No Good Guys In The Battle Between Gannett And Digital First Media - WGBH

Iran State Television Says U.S. is Holding One of Its Journalists - New York Times

Attorney general nominee William Barr doesn’t reject the possibility of jailing journalists - Vox

Fake newsprint copies, and a fake Washington Post home page, are making the rounds - Poynter

Media coalition sets 2019 public policy agenda

The News Media for Open Government has announced its public policy agenda for the new Congress, “focusing on both a free press, as well as a more transparent, open government.” Federal agencies’ Freedom of Information Act compliance and a shield bill to protect journalists’ sources that was introduced in the last Congress are among the issues the group is working on.
NMOG, formerly known as the Sunshine in Government Initiative, is a coalition of news media and journalism organizations working to ensure laws, policies and practices preserve and protect freedom of the press, open government and the free flow of information in our democratic society, according to the group. 
“An informed public is the cornerstone of our democracy and ensuring that the public has information about what its government is doing is essential,” said coalition Director Melissa Wasser. “NMOG is committed to promoting and advocating for policies on Capitol Hill that keep our government open and accountable to the governed.”
The coalitions members are The Associated Press, American Society of News Editors, Association of Alternative Newsmedia, National Association of Broadcasters, National Newspaper Association, Online News Association, Radio Television Digital News Association, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Today in Labor History

Filipino labor organizer, lawyer, and migrant-rights activist Pablo Manlapit was born. He moved to Hawaii as a young man and worked on several sugar plantations before pursuing a law degree. Hawaii’s first Filipino lawyer, Manlapit worked tirelessly to represent Filipino workers. He helped organize the Filipino Labor Union and was a leading figure in the plantation workers’ strikes of 1920 and 1924. Manlapit was deported in 1935. – 1891
Radical labor organizer and anarchist Lucy Parsons led a hunger march in Chicago. – 1915
Wobbly (IWW) Ralph Chapin published the famous labor song, “Solidarity Forever.” – 1915CLICK TO TWEET
Solidarity ForeverWhen the union’s inspiration through the workers blood shall runThere can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sunYet what force on Earth is weaker than the feeble force of one butThe union makes us strong
Solidarity ForeverSolidarity ForeverSolidarity ForeverFor the union makes us strong
Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasiteWho would lash us into serfdom and would crush us with his mightIs there anything left to us but to organize and fight? For…The union makes us strong
It is we who plowed the prairies, build the cities where they tradeDug the mines and build the workshops, endless miles of RR laidNow we stand outcast and starving ‘mid the wonders we have made butThe union makes us strong
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earnBut without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turnWe can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn thatThe union makes us strong
In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded goldGreater than the might of armies magnified a thousand-foldWe can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old forBut the union makes us strong
President John Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988, recognizing the right of federal employees to bargain collectively. The order was a breakthrough for public sector workers, who were not protected under the 1935 Wagner Act. – 1962
The Holt Labor Library (San Francisco), which specialized in labor and radical history, fired both of its workers, Ali Bruce and Kurt Biddle. Both were involved in a union organizing effort at New College and the Holt Labor Library.  – 1997

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Metro Production Conference - 51st Annual

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NMA responds to Google's ‘Together for Copyright’

The News Media Alliance has published a response to Google’s “Together for Copyright” campaign.
The changes Google is pushing for to the European Union’s proposed Copyright Directive “would have detrimental effects on the availability of — and your access to — high-quality online news and information in Europe,” says the NMA.
“Currently online platforms such as Google and other corporate businesses can use — and make money from — publishers’ online news content every day, paying the publishers nothing,” says the NMA.
The European Parliament has voted to alter its copyright directive to make aggregator sites responsible for copyright violations, among other changes. A clause known as Article 11 would create a so-called Publishers’ Right. There is more than one version of Article 11 being looked at, according to NMA. 
The directive would need to go through several steps to become laws in the member states.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times Building at 2nd Street and Broadway

Hands-On Fact-Checking: A Short Course (FREE) - Poynter

Look up to See the Coming Battle of Privacy vs. Access - RJI

Wired Very Quietly Laid Off Five Journalists Last Week - Slate

Newspapers Are Stockpiling Ink and Newsprint Against Brexit - Bloomberg

Grindr shuts down its LGBTQ news site, INTO, after 17-month run - NBC News

Why journalists at the nation's largest newspaper chain are nervous - Erie News Now

A resolution for journalists in 2019: Earn the public’s trust by showing your work - Recode

USA Today Finds Quick Success With Subscriber Engagement, Retention Programme - INMA

A vulture firm's bid for Gannett shows there's still value in newspapers — for plundering - LAT

Nicaraguan newspapers change format due to lack of printing supplies stuck in customs - KCFJA

Minnesota’s Staples World newspaper sold

Devlin Newspapers has sold their Staples World newspaper in Staples, Minnesota, to RMM Publications, a new company that involves long time Minnesota newspaper owners Rick Gail and Mike Kremer, as well as the current editor of the Staples World, Mark Anderson
The sale, effective Jan. 1, brings to a close a 26-year era of owning the Staples World for Bill and Margie Devlin of Finley, North Dakota. It is also their last newspaper holding, having spent much of their careers publishing community newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota
Brenda Halvorson, general manager of the Staples World, announced that her retirement from journalism would coincide with the sale of the newspaper. She has held that position for the past 30 years.
Rick Gail and Mike Kremer have been partners in four weekly newspaper ventures in the past, spanning thirty years. The two added current Editor Mark Anderson to their business partnership with the purchase of the Staples World.
Julie Bergman of Grimes, McGovern and Associates represented Devlin Newspapers in the sale.

Today in Labor History

Leonard Woodcock
The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect. The Pendleton Act established that positions within the federal government should be awarded based on merit, not political affiliation. – 1883
Thousands of detainees, including foreign-born radicals and “labor agitators” arrested during the Palmer Raids, won their right to meet with legal representation at deportation hearings.CLICK TO TWEETU.S. Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer conducted the raids, stating that communism was “eating its way into the homes of the American workman” and that socialists were causing most of the country’s social problems. – 1920
Former UAW President Leonard Woodcock died in Ann Arbor, Michigan at age 89. He had succeeded Walter Reuther and led the union from 1970 to 1977. – 2001

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tecnavia supplying eEdition, apps to Digital First Media

Tecnavia has reached an agreement with Digital First Media to supply its NewsMemory eEdition services to DFM publications. Implementation of Tecnavia’s web browser eEdition and iOS and Android apps is underway at 27 DFM publications, according to Tecnavia.  
“We are very excited DFM selected Tecnavia’s NewsMemory eEdition for group-wide implementation,” said Diane Amato, Tecnavia’s VP of sales and marketing. 
DFM will also use the new Tecnavia Advertising Network (TAN) to supply digital ads for added revenues. In addition, DFM implemented Tecnavia's AdMemory to deliver electronic tearsheets to advertisers on day of publication, according to Tecnavia.
DFM properties include The Denver Post, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Boston Herald.
In September 2018, the Boston Herald went live with Tecnavia eEditions and apps. 
Tecnavia has offices in Burnsville, Minnesota, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Downtown Los Angeles

Gannett Gets a Taste of Its Own Medicine - Washington Post

Troy Record closes only remaining office - Albany Times Union

Steve Warmbir named Sun-Times managing editor - Robert Feder

Bid for Gannett latest challenge for newspaper industry - The News Tribune

Gannett Shares Soar On $1.4B Hostile Bid From Digital First Media - Deadline

Private employers: You can’t forbid your workers from talking to journalists - Poynter

How Politico Europe Grew Its Subscriptions Business by 50 Percent in 2018 - Digiday

This is what happened when investor Sam Zell purchased the Tribune Company - The Street

New York Times Launches a Flash Audio Briefing and Other Voice Stuff for Alexa - Nieman Lab

Let the 2019 Consolidation Games begin! Alden seeks to swallow Gannett - Nieman Journalism Lab

Gannett gets offer from Digital First Media

Gannett Co. has gotten an offer to buy the company from MNG Enterprises, known as Digital First Media, USA Today reports. 
Digital First Media offered to purchase USA Today owner Gannett for $12 a share in an unsolicited offer, the paper reports.
“Consistent with its fiduciary duties and in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, the Gannett board of directors will carefully review the proposal received to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interest of the company and Gannett shareholders,” the company said in a statement.
“As promised, we will keep you informed as new information is available, but we are still business as usual,” said Gannett CEO Robert J. Dickey in an email to employees Monday.
Hedge fund Alden Global Capital is the majority owner in Digital First. Among its properties are The Denver Post, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Boston Herald. 
“Frankly, the team leading Gannett has not demonstrated that it’s capable of effectively running this enterprise as a public company,” said a Digital First letter to Gannett’s board, signed by MNG chairman Joseph Fuchs. The letter said that Digital First holds a 7.5 percent ownership stake.
On Dec. 5, Gannett President and CEO Robert J. Dickey told the company’s board of directors he was retiring. He’s agreed to stay on until May 7, 2019, but may leave earlier if a successor is named, the company said.
Gannett’s board hired Zurich-based Egon Zehnder to evaluate replacement candidates, the company said.
The headhunters may go outside the newspaper industry, perhaps to digital or e-commerce, according to the New York Post.

Today in Labor History

In Chicago for a demonstration against hunger, Wobbly Ralph Chaplin completed 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 died when a large molasses storage tank in Boston’s North End neighborhood burst, sending a 40-foot wave of molasses surging through the streets at an estimated 35 miles per hourCLICK TO TWEET. 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
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this date. King once said, “We look around every day and we see thousands and millions of people making inadequate wages. Not only do they work in our hospitals, they work in our hotels, they work in our laundries, they work in domestic service, they find themselves unemployed. You see, no labor is really menial unless you’re not getting adequate wages”. – 1929
The CIO miners’ union in the Grass Valley area of California struck 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, was dedicated just 16 months after groundbreaking. At times of peak employment, 13,000 workers labored on the project. – 1943
260,000 U.S. electrical workers struck against General Electric, Westinghouse, and General Motors. – 1946
Margaret Mary Vojtko died at age 83 in Homestead, Pennsylvania. She was an adjunct professor of French and medieval literature at Duquesnne University for 25 years. Vojtko was a pay-by-the-courses-taught part-timer with no benefits before being told her contract wouldn’t be renewed but was offered a tutoring job at two-thirds her old salary. She was making so little that she slept in her office, unable to afford to heat her home because of medical bills. She had been active in trying to form an adjunct’s union. She died five months after being fired. – 2013

Monday, January 14, 2019

Joe Koshnick Rest In Peace

Joe Koshnick on the left, during apprentice school at the Los Angeles Times

05-27-1930 --- 12-15-2018

Joseph Ralph Koshnick (88) passed away on December 15th, 2018 in Kingwood, Texas. His colleagues in the pressroom called him Joe, he was always laughing and fun to be around, as he liked playing practical jokes on the men and women he worked with, while printing the newspaper.

Joe worked many decades at the Los Angeles Times and raised his family in Harbor City, California. He grabbed one of the many buyouts the newspaper offered sometime in the 1990's.

After retiring Joe and his wife Betty relocated to Florida for twenty years before moving to Kingwood, Texas about six years ago.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-four years Betty Koshnick, and his daughter Robin Koshnick. He is survived by his son Randy Koshnick and wife Jan, Rick Koshnick and wife Sue, his daughter Rhonda McNutt and husband Mike. He is also survived by his grandchildren Erica Rutledge, Reagan Henderson, Clint Koshnick, Caleigh Koshnick, Sydney Koshnick, and Kobi McNutt.

Rest easy my Brother

Pew: Social media tops print as news source

One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, higher than the percent who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions, according to a Pew survey done this year.
In 2017, the percent who got news via social media was about the same as the percent who got news from print papers, Pew reports.
Television remains the top platform for news consumption, but its numbers have fallen since 2016, Pew says. News websites are the next most popular source, then radio, then social media sites and print papers. 
Among the three different types of TV news asked about, local TV is the most popular type of TV news, with 37 percent getting news there often, compared with 30 percent who get cable TV news often and 25 percent who often watch national evening network news, Pew says.
Fewer young people in the U.S. use television news, with only 16 percent of those 18 to 29 and 36 percent of those 30 to 49 get news often from television.

Damian Henry Rodgers Rest in Peace

Obituary of Damian Henry Rodgers
JUNE 15, 1964 – JANUARY 6, 2019

Damian Rodgers (55) worked as a pressman at the shuttered Times Mirror pressroom before transferring to the shuttered Orange County Production Facility in Costa Mesa for a few years before leaving the newspaper. A graduate of Rosemead High School in 1983, he attended school with long time pressman Cesar Calderon and my sister.

Unfortunately I learned of his passing just after his services.

Thursday: 01/10/2019, Rosary and Eulogy
Pierce Brothers Turner and Steven's Mortuary
1136 East Las Tunas Drive
San Gabriel, Ca. 91776
Viewing: 5 - 7pm
Rosary followed by Eulogy: 7 - 9pm

Friday: 01/11/2019, Mass
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
1901 South San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, Ca. 91776

Burial Services Immediately Following Mass
Resurrection Cemetery 
966 Potrero Grande Drive
Rosemead, Ca. 91770


Columbine Courier publishes last edition

The Columbine Courier (Coloradopublished its last edition on Dec. 27.
The paper launched in 1989 as the Southwest Community Courier, and “nothing showed our commitment to the community more than the hustle that was our coverage on that tragic day of April 20, 1999,” the day of the Columbine High School shooting, said a note from Editor Michael Hicks.
“We have loved the role we have played in this community” said the note.
Evergreen Newspapers, a division of Landmark Community Newspapers, in Shelbyville, Kentucky, owns the paper.
In another note to readers, the paper said it’s considering expanding the reach of the Canyon Courier, offering coverage in an area the Columbine Courier covered.