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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fox News Latino features LAT's Campoverdi as a 'Latina for change' - LA Observed

Fox News Latino features LAT's Campoverdi as a 'Latina for change' - LA Observed

Today in Media History: The press reports on the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire | Poynter.

Today in Media History: The press reports on the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire | Poynter.

Today in Labor History

Toronto printers strike for the 9-hour day in what is believed to be Canada’s first major strike - 1872
2015.03.23history coxeys.armyFirst “Poor People’s March” on Washington, in which jobless workers demanded
creation of a public works program. Led by populist Jacob Coxey, the 500 to 1,000 unemployed protesters became known as “Coxey’s Army” - 1894
A total of 146 workers are killed in a fire at New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a disaster that would launch a national movement for safer working conditions - 1911
An explosion at a coal mine in Centralia, Ill., kills 111 miners. Mineworkers President John L. Lewis calls a 6-day work stoppage by the nation’s 400,000 soft coal miners to demand safer working conditions - 1947

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Twitter reacts to Facebook’s deal with publishers: savior or Faustian bargain? | Poynter.

Twitter reacts to Facebook’s deal with publishers: savior or Faustian bargain? | Poynter.

Today in Media History: ABC’s ‘Nightline’ began 35 years ago | Poynter.

Today in Media History: ABC’s ‘Nightline’ began 35 years ago | Poynter.

5th Annual International Red Carpet Affair Caribbean Style 2015


For Immediate
 Press Release


5th Annual International Red Carpet Affair Caribbean Style 2015

SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH

 This year's International Red Carpet Affair Caribbean Style is set to be one of the most elegant and inspiring entertainment in Los Angeles.  Awards will be given to individuals based on their outstanding achievement, accomplishment and support in their community within the Caribbean, Central America, and the United States.

 Caribbean Dynamics will start the night off with a selection of sweet Island rhythms, followed by recognitions and achievement awards.

 Those receiving awards are: Dr. McArtha Linda Sandy-Lewis, better known as Calypso Rose, Trinidad and Tobago/New York; Mr. Philip Rosado, Los Angeles; Georgette Verona Lambey, Los Angeles; Clinton Crawford, Jr.; Barbados/Belize; Omar Corletto, President of Central American Confederation (COFECA), El Salvador; Mr. Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn, Belize; and Mr. David Buddan, Posthumous.

 The night continues with a star lineup of entertainers: From Belize, International recording artist Mr. Sam Hamilton; Los Angeles, Lova Boy A.K.A The Prince Of Belize; Mr. Michael Wagner; new artist, JuniLox; Guwie Posse, Caribbean Dynamics plus a special performance from the Queen of Soca Ms. Calypso Rose; and a very long anticipated performance from the one and only Daddy Tracy, coming out of retirement. The night would not be completed without top DJs, Belizean Vibes Crew (BVC) and DJ Mista B, direct from Austin Texas.  The Master and Mistress of Ceremony will be none other than Ms. Opal Enriquez and King Walading.

 The event will be held at the Alpine Village Center, 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance, California 90502 on April 18th, 2015 from 7:00 P.M. sharp to 2:00 A.M. Tickets can be purchased at your local Caribbean outlets and Alpine Village Center.  Advance $30 - Door $35. Call 424-207-0771 for VIP price.

 This is set to be a historic/epic event. Please share with your family and friends - come out and support this elegant affair.  One Love!





For more information on this elegant affair, visit us on Facebook International Red Carpet or call IRC at 424-207-0771.

Columnist for LA Times told to turn down his politics on Twitter - LA Observed

Columnist for LA Times told to turn down his politics on Twitter - LA Observed

Bill Blank Rest in Peace

Bill Blank (left) and William Horton


Received the sad news that former Los Angeles Times pressman Bill Blank has passed away. In all my years working along side Bill, I never once saw him angry or upset, he was a happy go lucky type that always gave others a big smile.

From Richard Verdugo AKA Dugie;

"Hey Jaime, 
I got a call from Bill's wife, Carol; She told me that Bill passed away Monday. He had been fighting cancer for a few months and he finally gave in. She is not having anything special for the funeral nor is she sending out invites. This time wiith Bill will spent with the immediate family. She tells me that a funeral was something that Bill was was totally against. So, Carol asked to to notify his friends and all those that worked with him. I figured with your contacts that if you could do me the favor to spread the word. He was my friend and I'm going to miss him.
 
 Take Care Jaime
 
 Dugie"

From Emmett Jaime;

"To all that remember Bill Blank.I received this e-mail from Richard Verdugo of Bills passing.Bill was one of the nicest guys you would want to meet and work with,he will be truly missed.Bill came to our breakfasts a couple of times but had to stop because of his illness,I'm only sorry he couldn't attend any more.
I remember the days when we used to get together out in the desert above Victorville to go dirt bike riding,he loved the sport and always had a smile on his face when he was on his bike.
The address I have for his family is as followed if you care to send a condolence card."




News orgs may sign on to an even closer partnership with Facebook. Like? | Poynter.

News orgs may sign on to an even closer partnership with Facebook. Like? | Poynter.

Today in Labor History

March 24  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Groundbreaking on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx. According to the New York Times, this was a worker’s review of the digging style of the well-dressed Subway Commissioners: "I wouldn't give th' Commish'ners foive cents a day fer a digging job. They're too shtiff" - 1900

2015.03.23history iww.rebelMarch 23
Trial of 101 Wobblies, charged with opposing the draft and hindering the war effort, begins in Chicago - 1918
(Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology: Originally published in 1964 and long out of print, Rebel Voices remains by far the biggest and best source on IWW history, fiction, songs, art, and lore. This edition includes 40 pages of additional material from the 1998 Charles H. Kerr edition by Fred Thompson and Franklin Rosemont, and a preface by Wobbly organizer Daniel Gross.)
Norris-La Guardia Act restricts injunctions against unions and bans yellow dog contracts, which require newly-hired workers to declare they are not union members and will not join one - 1932
Five days into the Post Office’s first mass work stoppage in 195 years, President Nixon declares a national2015.03.23history postal.strike
emergency and orders 30,000 troops to New York City to break the strike. The troops didn’t have a clue how to sort and deliver mail: a settlement came a few days later - 1970
Coalition of Labor Union Women founded in Chicago by some 3,000 delegates from 58 unions and other organizations - 1974
Fifteen workers die, another 170 are injured when a series of explosions rip through BP’s Texas City refinery. Investigators blamed a poor safety culture at the plant and found BP management gave priority to cost savings over worker safety - 2005

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Today in Labor History

March 22 2015.03.16history mark twain
Mark Twain, a lifelong member of the Int’l Typographical Union (now part of CWA), speaks in Hartford, Conn., extolling the Knights of Labor’s commitment to fair treatment of all workers, regardless of race or gender - 1886
The Grand Coulee Dam on Washington state’s Columbia River begins operation after a decade of construction. Eight thousand workers labored on the project; 77 died - 1941
Eight hundred striking workers at Brown & Sharpe in Kingstown, R.I. are tear-gassed by state and local police in what was to become a losing 17-year-long fight by the Machinists union - 1982
2015.03.16history blackjacks(From Blackjacks to Briefcases: This is the first book to document the systematic and extensive use by American corporations of professional union busters, an ugly profession that surfaced after the Civil War and has grown bolder and more sophisticated with the passage of time. Since the 1980s, hundreds of firms—including the Detroit News, Caterpillar and Pittston Coal, to name but three—have paid out millions of dollars to hired thugs. Some have been in uniforms and carried nightsticks and guns, others have worn three-piece suits and carried attaché cases, but all had one simple mission: to break the backs of workers struggling for decency and fair treatment on the job.)
A 32-day lockout of major league baseball players ends with an agreement to raise the minimum league salary from $68,000 to $100,000 and to study revenue-sharing between owners and players - 1990
A bitter six-and-a-half-year UAW strike at Caterpillar Inc. ends. The strike and settlement, which included a two-tier wage system and other concessions, deeply divided the union - 1998

Friday, March 20, 2015

The changing ownership of media companies

Ken Doctor’s thoughts on the many changes in newspaper ownership with spin-off public companies, private venture funds and local billionaires among the new owners. What are the implications for journalists and the future of journalism?


Gina McIntyre says goodbye to Los Angeles Times


From: McIntyre, Gina
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 3:29 PM
To: yyeditlocal
Subject: Farewell for now...
Let me just say again how wonderful it’s been to work with all of you. Please keep in touch


Friday Afternoon in the Blogosphere




Who needs edittors? - Jeff Jarvis

New York Times adds 20 opinion writers - Politico

Los Angeles Times headline denounced as clickbait - Poynter

The homepage is dead, long live the homepage! - Editors Weblog

Tribune Media chooses partner for riverside development - Crain's

Sun-Times trims Bill Zwecker, three others to half time - Robert Feder

LA Times goes for digital innovator in new sports editor - LAObserved

Los Angeles Times secures lien on Orange County Register assets - O.C. Register

Lower Macungie plans to stop newspapers, other publications that become litter -WFMZ

Alma Media Planning to Consolidate Operations of Lapland Newspapers - Business Wire

Former Obama aide named managing editor of LA Times race venture - LA Observed

Former Obama aide named managing editor of LA Times race venture - LA Observed

President calls on Iran to release Jason Rezaian | Poynter.

President calls on Iran to release Jason Rezaian | Poynter.

JOURNEY REVISITED - Covina Center for the Performing Arts

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Shrinking LA Times quietly drops page count from Page One - LA Observed

Shrinking LA Times quietly drops page count from Page One - LA Observed

Anyone have additional information about where Amy Hubbard is going?

From: Grad, Shelby
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:25 AM
To: yyMetro
Subject: Farewell Amy...
Today, we bid farewell to Amy Hubbard, our tireless and inventive web editor. Amy has made a huge impact in Metro both recently as our senior editor for digital and before that as a copy editor and audience-development specialist. You might not know it, but Amy figured out ways to find larger digital audiences for some of your best stories. She developed many of the best-practices we use on breaking news. On a personal note, Amy taught me that The Times doesn’t have to settle simply for low audience on “serious” stories and high audience on “trending” stories. Her teachings will live on long after she moves on to her new adventure.
We have a ton of pastry on the city desk. So please stop by and say goodbye.
shelby grad

LA Times hires Mitra Kalita from Quartz as Managing Editor for Editorial

From: "Maharaj, Davan"
Date: March 18, 2015 at 10:16:39 AM PDT
To: yyeditall
Subject: LA Times hires Mitra Kalita from Quartz, expands newsroom leadership
To the staff:
The news environment and the needs of readers are changing more rapidly than at any time in the history of our industry. The Los Angeles Times should do more than keep pace with that change; we must strive to lead it.
To that end, we are expanding the newsroom leadership and announcing an important new hire. These moves continue our efforts to create a newsroom of the future that can innovate even as we deliver robust digital and print coverage for our readers.
The newest member of our leadership team is S. Mitra Kalita. A creative force behind the business news site Quartz, with a background in traditional journalism as well, Mitra will join The Times as managing editor for editorial strategy. She will focus on helping us remake how the newsroom works and on creating new forms of journalism.
Mitra, who will report to Davan, will be one of three managing editors in the new structure. Marc Duvoisin, as managing editor for news, will continue to be the senior editor overseeing news and enterprise coverage, a job he has done with great skill. Larry Ingrassia, currently associate editor, will become managing editor for new ventures, focusing on developing editorial products with revenue potential.
Deputy managing editor Megan Garvey, our leading digital practitioner, will also play a key role in our broader digital transformation while running all aspects of our daily digital news report.
All of us will coordinate with our colleagues on the business side as we develop new journalism efforts and offerings that strengthen us commercially. Our common mission is to maintain the editorial excellence and integrity of all we do.
The new structure is aimed at helping us build on the progress we have made by picking up the pace of change in what we do and how we do it.
Mitra will work to develop and refine new styles of journalism similar to those she helped pioneer at Quartz. Launched in 2012, Quartz is known for its lively mix of news and analysis, its Daily Brief of worldwide business news, its creative use of social media and its focus on “obsessions” of special interest to its readers rather than traditional beats. Mitra will also lead newsroom efforts as part of an enhanced effort at audience acquisition -- bringing more people to see our terrific journalism and finding new communities of readers.
Mitra has a notable record in high-quality journalism. At the Wall Street Journal, she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis as a senior writer. In 2007, she was part of the team that created Mint, a business newspaper and website in India launched in collaboration with the Journal that has become that country’s second-largest circulated business newspaper. Before that, she worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press.
At Quartz, part of the Atlantic Media family, Mitra was ideas editor and, more recently, executive editor (at large). She was behind some of the site’s most viral stories, on subjects as varied as monetary policy and baby blankets, and the force behind Quartz India and the upcoming Quartz Africa. She is the author of three books related to migration and globalization and has taught at Columbia Journalism School, among other institutions. She has won numerous reporting awards and was named one of Folio’s Top 100 Women in Media for 2014.
Mitra was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey -- with regular trips to her grandparents’ villages in Assam, India. She speaks Spanish, Assamese and Hindi and studied Mandarin for a year. She lives in Queens, N.Y., with her artist husband and two daughters. She tweets @mitrakalita.
Please join us in welcoming Mitra to Los Angeles and The Times.
-- Austin and Davan

Today in Media History: 2 years after kidnapping, Patty Hearst convicted of armed robbery | Poynter.

Today in Media History: 2 years after kidnapping, Patty Hearst convicted of armed robbery | Poynter.

Today in Labor History

March 20 --  Union Communications Services, Inc.
Michigan authorizes formation of workers’ cooperatives. Thirteen are formed in the state over a 25-year period. Labor reform organizations were advocating "cooperation" over "competitive" capitalism following the Civil War and several thousand cooperatives opened for business across the country during this era. Participants envisioned a world free from conflict where workers would receive the full value of their labor and freely exercise democratic citizenship in the political and economic realms – 1865
2015.03.16history rb groverFifty-eight workers are killed, 150 injured when a boiler explosion levels the R.B. Grover shoe factory in Brockton, Mass. The four-story wooden building collapsed and the ruins burst into flames, incinerating workers trapped in the wreckage - 1905
The American Federation of Labor issues a charter to a new Building Trades Department. Trades unions had formed a Structural Building Trades Alliance several years earlier to work out jurisdictional conflicts, but lacked the power to enforce Alliance rulings - 1908
Members of the Int’l Union of Electrical Workers reach agreement with Westinghouse Electric Corp., end a 156-day strike - 1956
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that employers could not exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage a fetus - 1991
Three hundred family farmers at a National Pork Producers Council meeting in Iowa protest factory-style hog farms - 1997
March 19
U.S. Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the Adamson Act, a federal law that established an eight-hour workday, with overtime pay, for interstate railway workers. Congress passed the law a year earlier to avert a nationwide rail strike - 19172015.03.16history 5th ave coach
In an effort to block massive layoffs and end a strike, New York City moves to condemn and seize Fifth Avenue Coach, the largest privately owned bus company in the world - 1962
Three workers are killed, five injured during a test of the Space Shuttle Columbia - 1981

2015.03.16history tolpuddle martyrsMarch 18
Six laborers in Dorset, England—the “Tolpuddle Martyrs”—are banished to the Australian penal colony for seven years for forming a union, the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. Some 800,000 residents of the United Kingdom signed petitions calling for their release - 1834
Police evict retail clerks occupying New York Woolworth’s in fight for 40-hour week - 1937
The Post Office’s first mass work stoppage in 195 years begins in Brooklyn 2015.03.16history post office strikeand Manhattan and spreads to 210,000 of the nation’s 750,000 postal employees. Mail service is virtually paralyzed in several cities, and President Nixon declares a state of emergency. A settlement comes after two weeks - 1970
The Los Angeles City Council passes the first living wage ordinance in California. The ordinance required almost all city contractors to pay a minimum wage of $8.50 an hour, or $7.25 if the employer was contributing at least $1.25 toward health benefits, with annual adjustments for inflation - 1997
Walmart agrees to pay a record $11 million to settle a civil immigration case for using undocumented immigrants to do overnight cleaning at stores in 21 states - 2005
2015.03.16history immigrant.workforce(The New Urban Immigrant Workforce: Organizing Innovations: This ground-breaking look at immigrant labor organizing and mobilization today draws on participant observation, ethnographic interviews, historical documents, and new case studies. The writers provide real evidence of immigrants’ eagerness for collective action and organizing, and they argue that this desire to organize stems from the immigrants’ social isolation. With this argument, the book parts company with mainstream thinking that recommends building an array of social networks to aid in organizing efforts.)
As the Great Recession continues, President Obama signs a $17.6 billion job-creation measure a day after it is passed by Congress - 2010
March 17
The leadership of the American Federation of Labor selects the Carpenters union to lead the 8-hour movement. Carpenters throughout the country strike in April; by May 1, some 46,000 carpenters in 137 cities and towns have achieved shorter hours - 1890
A U.S.-China treaty prevents Chinese laborers from entering the U.S. - 18942015.03.16history kmpx staff
Staffers at San Francisco progressive rock station KMPX-FM strike, citing corporate control over what music is played and harassment over hair and clothing styles, among other things. The Rolling Stones, Joan Baez, the Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and other musicians request that the station not play their music as long as the station is run by strikebreakers - 1968
Boeing Co. and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) come to terms on a new contract, settling the largest white-collar walkout in U.S. history. SPEEA represented some 22,000 workers, of whom 19,000 honored picket lines for 40 days - 2000
2015.03.16history uft logoMarch 16
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is formed in New York to represent New York City public school teachers and, later, other education workers in the city - 1960