Friday, March 23, 2018

Denver Post lays off 30; union urges sale

The Denver Post announced cuts of 30 employees, about a third of newsroom staff, Westword reported. Post Editor Lee Ann Colacioppo announced the layoffs March 14.

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Today in Labor History

Labor History March 23rd
New York Postal Strike
101 Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the WorldIWW) went on trial in Chicago for opposing World War I. They were tried for violating the Espionage Act. In September 1917, 165 IWW leaders were arrested for conspiring to subvert the draft and encourage desertion. Their trial lasted five months, the longest criminal trial in American history up to that time. The jury found them all guilty. The judge sentenced Big Bill Haywood and 14 others to 20 years in prison. 33 others were given 10 years each. They were also fined a total of $2,500,000. The trial virtually destroyed the IWW. Haywood jumped bail and fled to the USSR, where he remained until his death 10 years later. – 1918
The Norris-La Guardia Act was passed, restricting injunctions against unions and banning yellow dog contracts, which require newly-hired workers to declare they are not union members and will not join one. – 1932
President Nixon declared a national emergency and ordered 30,000 troops to New York City to break the postal workers strike. The troops didn’t have a clue how to sort and deliver mail; a settlement came a few days later. – 1970
The Coalition of Labor Union Women was founded in Chicago by some 3,000 delegates from 58 unions and other organizations. – 1974
Fifteen workers died and another 170 were injured when a series of explosions ripped 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

Don't tell them you are a reporter

Don't tell them you are a reporter More than a dozen city employees have confirmed that they have been instructed not to talk to reporters and many say they are afraid of retaliation if they do, even though they are allowed to talk with other citizens and residents. Questions and messages from reporters must go to the city’s Communications Department or to the city’s NextRequest system, which failed to find any documents that suspend the use of maintenance assessment districts.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Royce Hall at UCLA

Has the newspaper come yet? - Nevada Herald

Is Tronc about to go on the market? - Ken Doctor

Bad for newspapers, bad for America - Citizen Tribune

Craigslist Is Shutting Down Its Personals Section - Gizmoto

Newsprint duties could hurt small newspapers - Gilroy Dispatch

News publishers are giving personalization a fresh look - DigiDay

Press Herald owner Reade Brower will buy newspapers - Press Herald

Local news isn’t dying out: It’s being killed off by corporate greed - Salon

Trailblazing black journalist Les Payne showed no fear in pursuit of the truth - The Undefeated

Polish Daily Gazeta Wyborcza Smashed Through its Digital Subscriptions Target - Journalism UK

How the New York Times is Convincing Commercial Partners to Pay For its Journalism - The Drum

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Layoffs at Chicago Tribune

The Tronc-owned Chicago Tribune has undergone another round of layoffs.

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City Without Newspapers (1940-1945)

Albuquerque Journal loses power

The Albuquerque Journal's offices suffered two long power outages March 11 and 12.

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Where's my newspaper?

I was saddened to discover that newspapers not delivered to my home are no longer available to be redelivered. In the past a missing newspaper would be brought to my front door up to thirty days of publishing. Now the subscriber is given credit for missing issues.

I understand the men and women that have the daunting task of distributing ten different newspapers to their subscribers, have their hands full, so if I miss a newspaper now and then I don't too upset.

With the costs of the hard copy of the daily newspaper skyrocketing due to fuel, ink, and newsprint prices, one has to wonder how the newspaper as we know it, will survive?

I contacted the Los Angeles Times regarding two missing issues, here's the response I received:


Mar. 4

Dear Mr. Padgett,

Thank you for contacting the Los Angeles Times.

We are truly sorry for the delay in responding to your email. Due to the unexpected volume of emails coming in,
our response time is longer than usual.

Re: Account # 10080042082

We are sorry to hear that your newspapers were not delivered. We will notify the distributor who services your
area to ensure delivery everyday. Unfortunately, February 13 and March 2 is no longer available for redelivery.
Your account has been credited.

To access February 13 and March 2, 2018 paper, here’s a link to our eNewspaper; a complete digital replica
of the printed paper. Please click on the hamburger icon or the 3 horizontal lines on the upper right hand corner,
under 'Edition Options', click on 'Archive' and select the issue of the paper.

Again, please accept our sincerest apologies.
If there are any additional questions regarding your subscription, please feel free to contact us at:
213 283-2274 or simply respond to this email.


Michael De Vera
Los Angeles Times Mobile Team
202 West First St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

I called customer service and I thought my problem was solved as I was given a number to call for all back
issues of the Los Angeles Times, unfortunately the company I called was some type of newspaper
broker, they would deliver the missing newspapers, without the inserts, for a $7.50 fee.

In the future I will replace any missing newspapers by visiting the local Starbucks

Central Ink raising prices

Chicago-based Central Ink will be implementing price increases for ink and pressroom chemistry effective April 1, 2018.

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Today in Labor History

Labor History March 22nd
Mark Twain
Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, gave a speech entitled, Knights of Labor: The New Dynasty. In the speech, he commended the Knights’ commitment to fair treatment of all workers, regardless of race or gender. “When all the bricklayers, and all the machinists, and all the miners, and blacksmiths, and printers, and stevedores, and house painters, and brakemen, and engineers . . . and factory hands, and all the shop girls, and all the sewing machine women, and all the telegraph operators, in a word, all the myriads of toilers in whom is slumbering the reality of that thing which you call Power, …when these rise, call the vast spectacle by any deluding name that will please your ear, but the fact remains that a Nation has risen.” Clemens was a lifelong member of the International Typographical Union (now part of the Communications Workers of America). – 1886
The Grand Coulee Dam on Washington state’s Columbia River began operation after a decade of construction. Eight thousand workers labored on the project; 77 died. – 1941
State and local police in Rhode Island used tear gas on some 800 IAM picketers striking the Browne & Sharp machine tool manufacturing company in North Kingstown. Governor J. Joseph Garrahy later publicly apologized for the actions of police. – 1982
A 32-day lockout of major league baseball players ended 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. ended. The strike and settlement, which included a two-tier wage system and other concessions, deeply divided the union. – 1998

Apple buys magazine service Texture

Apple has bought Texture, a digital magazine subscription service by Next Issue Media, which gives users unlimited access to more than 200 titles for a subscription fee of $9.99 a month.

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Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Memorial Vietnam Wall was escorted to San Dimas yesterday,
will be on display at Lone Hill Middle School for the next four days.

Tribune layoffs cost White Sox, Blackhawks coverage - Robert Feder

Trade policy could devastate local newspapers - Las Cruces Sun-News

Newspaper industry warns paper tariffs could imperil jobs, news - Nwi Times

Newspapers Should Partner with Commercial Customers to Build Revenue - EP

The Atlantic’s New Family Section is Built for the Post-News Feed Era - DigiDay

Newspaper industry fears impact of tariffs on paper from Canada - Indiana Gazette

When Towns Lose Their Newspapers, Disease Detectives Are Left Flying Blind - SA

Shaw Media to buy Ottawa Times from Small Newspapers - Bureau County Republican

Amid Major Struggles for Newspapers, a WaPo Columnist Is Tone Deaf - Real Clear Markets

As the ‘Forever War’ Drags On, Veterans Bring Battlefield Knowledge to the Newsroom - CJR

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Google to move newspaper content up in subscriber searches

Newspaper subscribers will see articles from the paper they subscribe to higher up in Google searches, Bloomberg reports.

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Today in Labor History

Labor History March 21st
March from Selma to Montgomery
Women’s rights advocate and labor activist Alice Henry was born in Melbourne, Australia. Henry came to the U.S. in 1905 and worked for twenty years for the National Women’s Trade Union League of America in Chicago, lecturing, organizing, directing the education department, writing two books on women in the labor movement, and editing the League’s official journal. – 1857
3,200 people began the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to protest racial violence. Earlier efforts to hold the march had failed when police attacked demonstrators and a white minister was fatally beaten by a group of Selma whites. The five-day walk ended March 26, when 20,000 people joined the marchers in front of the Alabama state Capitol in Montgomery. Soon after, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. – 1965
Today marked day four of the national wildcat postal strike. In New York, an effigy of Gus Johnson, president of the letter carriers’ union local, was hung at a meeting and the national union leaders were called “rats” and “creeps.” Despite the anti-strike clause in the postal workers contract and federal injunctions against striking, postal workers walked out in over 200 cities. – 1970

Gannett New York print operation to close

A Gannett newspaper printing operation in Broome County, New York, will shut down this spring, WNFB News Radio reported.

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Wednesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Enjoy your newspaper today, could be gone tomorrow

Breitbart’s readership plunges - Politico

A world without newspapers - The Washington Post

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - Los Angeles Times

Les Payne, former Newsday editor who won Pulitzer Prize, dies - Newsday

Michael Ferro exits tronc ahead of sexual misconduct claims - Robert Feder

Poynter receives $3 million from Google to teach teens to tell fact from fiction - Poynter

Facebook Is Running Ads in Mexican Newspapers Warning About Fake News - Gizmoto

Mark Zuckerberg Finally Addresses Facebook's Cambridge Analytica Scandal - BuzzFeed

Ferro's Legacy At Tronc: The Dumbest Name In The History Of Corporate America - Forbes

Former Tronc Chairman and Investor Accused of Inappropriate Advances by 2 Women - Fortune

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Kruger raising newsprint prices

Montreal-based company Kruger, producer of publication and specialty papers, tissue products, container board and packaging, announced a $70/MT (45 gsm) newsprint price increase to be phased in over two months.

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Today in Labor History

Labor History March 20
The R.B. Grover shoe factory
Michigan authorized the formation of workers’ cooperatives. Thirteen were formed in the state over a 25-year period. Labor reform organizations advocated for  “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
The R.B. Grover shoe factory in Brockton, Massachusetts, collapsed and burst into flames after its old boiler exploded and shot up through three floors and the roof. 58 people were killed and 150 were injured. The incident led to the passage of a national boiler safety code. – 1905
The American Federation of Labor issued 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
Detroit police evicted strikers from the Newton Packing Company. Three hours later, 150 police attacked sit-down strikers at a tobacco plant. By April 1, there were over 120,000 striking auto workers in Michigan. – 1937
Members of the International Union of Electrical Workers reached agreement with Westinghouse Electric Corp., ending a 156-day strike. – 1956
Three hundred family farmers at a National Pork Producers Council meeting in Iowa protested factory-style hog farms. – 1997

Monday, March 19, 2018

Digital First Media to move Boston Herald printing

GateHouse Media-owned Providence Journal will print the Boston Herald after the paper's sale to Digital First Media is finalized, the Boston Business Journal reports.

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Keller @ Large? Do Newspapers Matter?

Media analyst and Northeastern journalism professor Dan Kennedy joins Jon Keller to discuss the future of newspapers.

New Media partners with Kabbage

New Media Investment Group has entered into an agreement with Kabbage, a financial services, technology and data platform serving small businesses, New Media announced.

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Michael Ferro retires after negotiating $500 million L.A. Times sale to local owners

Justin Dearborn Named Chairman of tronc, Inc. Board

Justin Dearborn, chief executive officer of tronc, Inc., has been named chairman of the board of tronc. Michael Ferro is retiring from the board of directors as the company prepares to close on the $500 million sale of the Los Angeles Times to local ownership. 
In recent weeks, Ferro has discussed with his fellow board members and the management team his desire to retire as chairman in connection with the closing of the Times transaction.

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Today in Labor History

Labor History March 19th
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Adamson Act, a federal law that established an 8-hour workday, with overtime pay, for interstate railway workers. Congress passed the law in 1916 to avert a nationwide rail strike. – 1917
During the Great Depression, 1,100 men standing in a breadline in New York City seized two truckloads of bread and rolls as they were being delivered to a nearby hotel. – 1930
In an effort to block massive layoffs and end a strike, New York City moved to condemn and seize Fifth Avenue Coach, the largest privately owned bus company in the world. – 1962

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

The first issue of the Los Angeles Times
What will the final issue look like?

Do Newspapers Matter? - CBS Boston

Why off-the-record is a trap reporters should avoid - Poynter

Tronc execs get richer while Tribune cuts staff - Robert Feder

Tariff damaging newspapers; farms next? - Scottsbluff Star Herald

Why Newspapers Are Going Out Of Business - The Liberty Conservative

Byrds quit their last family business - newspapers - Richmond Times-Dispatch

Google Appeases Newspapers, Play Store To Sell Subscriptions - Channel News

Toys R Us and newspapers: I don’t want to grow up - Delaware County Daily Times

Tronc began the threatened "reshaping" of its newspapers with layoffs - LAObserved

Is this strip-mining or journalism? ‘Sobs, expletives’ over latest Denver Post layoffs - WaPo

Sunday, March 18, 2018

New report sets guidelines for EU effort to tackle disinformation

Today, the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news and online disinformation published its first report on digital disinformation within the EU, outlining the scope of the problem and steps stakeholders can take to provide citizens with more trustworthy information.

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Today in Labor History

Labor History March 18th
Great Postal Strike
Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón was arrested under the Espionage Act, charged with hindering the American war effort, and imprisoned at Leavenworth, where he died under highly suspicious circumstances. The authorities claimed he died of a “heart attack”, but Chicano inmates rioted after his death and killed the prison guard they believed killed Magon. – 1918
Police evicted retail clerks occupying New York Woolworths in a fight for the 40-hour week. – 1937
A natural gas explosion in New London, Texas killed over 300 students, teachers and parents in the worst public school disaster in American history. The event led to worldwide sympathy. Even Hitler sent a telegram of condolences. – 1937
This date marked the beginning of the Great Postal Strike in New York City. Postal workers hadn’t seen a raise since 1967. They were banned from collective bargaining and from striking. Nevertheless, in spite of the law and their own union’s attempt to quell the unrest, the postal workers voted to strike, marking the first time in the nearly 200-year history of the Postal Service that postal workers went on strike.President Nixon tried to bust the strike, first by threatening to arrest striking workers and then by sending in federal troops to sort the mail. However, the soldiers were so incompetent at the work that they failed to get the mail moving, compelling Congress to give the striking workers an 8% raise and the right to collectively bargain. – 1970
The Los Angeles City Council passed 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
Wal-Mart agreed to pay a record $11 million to settle a civil immigration case for using illegal immigrants to do overnight cleaning at stores in 21 states. – 2005
As the Great Recession continued, President Obama signed a $17.6 billion job-creation measure a day after it was passed by Congress. – 2010

Saturday, March 17, 2018

NYT relaunches newsletter for college students; 20,000 apply

The New York Times is relaunching The Edit, a newsletter for college students and those starting their careers.
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Still waiting for Soon-Shiong

More layoffs in Chicago and a noteworthy retirement in San Diego have sowed concerns about the pace of takeover by Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong of the Union-Tribune and its big sister, the L.A. Times.
First reported by Midwest media blogger Robert Feder, the newsroom of the Chicago Tribune, owned by the peculiarly-named tronc, took a surprise hit March 15, as a raft of editorial employees were called in one by one to get walking papers.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

The new 22% tariff on Canadian newsprint could mean the end for many smaller newspapers this year. 
The Los Angeles Times warehouse at the Olympic Facility on 8th and Alameda. 

America needs newspapers more than ever - Island Packet

Colorado Lawmakers Lament Denver Post Layoffs - KUNC

Phone scam strikes local newspaper subscribers - Index-Journal

Chicago Tribune lays off two dozen, more to come - Mychinews

After U.S. Journalist Killed in South Sudan, A Quest for Answers - CJR

Daily News online readership plunges in wake of paywall - New York Post

tronc (TRNC) Lowered to Strong Sell at Zacks Investment Research - The Lincolnian

The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab is Working to Elevate Podcasts - Journalism UK

Here’s what you need to know about the lawsuit against the ATT-Time Warner - Recode

Anti-Union tronc Experimenting With What Happens When You Keep Laying Off - Splinter

U.S. to charge up to 22 percent tariff on Canadian newsprint

The U.S. government has announced a preliminary determination in an antidumping duty investigation of imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada. That class of paper includes newsprint, as well as paper for printing and book publishing.
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Today in Labor History

Labor History March 17th
The leadership of the American Federation of Labor selected the Carpenters Union to lead the eight hour movement. Carpenters throughout the country struck in April; by May 1, some 46,000 carpenters in 137 cities and towns had achieved shorter hours. – 1890
A U.S.-China treaty prevented Chinese laborers from entering the U.S. – 1894
Nearly 100 striking Mexican and Filipino farm workers began a march from Delano to Sacramento, California. By April 11, when they reached the steps of the state capitol, 10,000 supporters had joined them. A few months later, the two organizations representing the workers, the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and the National Farm Workers Association, joined to form a single union, out of which the United Farm Workers was born. – 1966
Staffers at the San Francisco progressive rock station KMPX-FM went on strike, citing corporate control over what music was 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 requested the station not play their music as long as the station was run by strikebreakers. – 1968
Boeing Co. and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) came 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