Saturday, May 25, 2019

Racine paper cutting 39 jobs

The Journal Times (Racine, Wisconsin) plans to shed 39 jobs that are apparently on the production side at the paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported
Lee Enterprises owns the paper.
Jobs being cut include press operators and maintenance and packaging workers, according to the Milwaukee paper. The Journal Times notified state officials about the job losses. 
The layoffs are to happen on July 14.
Lee publishes about 50 daily newspapers, including several in Wisconsin.  

Mayor Don Kendrick on the La Verne Veterans Memorial and Memorial Day Ceremony

Mayor Don Kendrick and Councilwoman Robin Carder talk about the the La Verne Veterans Memorial and Memorial Day Ceremony. The memorial is located on the corner of Wheeler and Bonita Avenue in front of Veterans Hall. The Ceremony will be on Monday May 27 at 11 a.m.

Canada’s postal service aims to make gains in flyer business

Canada’s publicly owned postal service aims to make gains in the newspaper industry’s advertising flyer business, the Chronicle Herald reports
The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia) has gotten hold of an internal Canada Post Corporation document called Neighbourhood Mail 2.0 Launch that explains the effort. “This is a direct mail campaign targeting CPC’s top 100 retail customers ... The new NM (Neighbourhood Mail) is very specific to retailer(s) who use flyers, so we are focusing on our biggest bets to see if we can convert them from newspaper to CPC distribution.”
The document is dated Jan. 15, 2018.
One post office move is offering discounts of between 24 and 34 percent off non-contract, standard per-unit prices, according to the paper.
Chronicle Herald parent company Saltwire Network is the top flyer distributor in Atlantic Canada.
“Yes, Canada Post has been in the flyer business forever,” John Hinds, president and CEO of Toronto-based News Media Canada, which represents 800 outlets across Canada, said. “But, over the past three-to-five years they’ve been doubling down in their efforts to target flyers, direct mail and parcel delivery as their core business in personal and letter mail drops.
“It’s really not a level playing field. Their flyers go into lock boxes in any condo or any apartment in Canada. We have no access to those,” he said.
Simultaneous with this reported plan from the postal service, Canada’s government has a CAN$595 million ($443 million U.S.) plan to boost the country’s media sector.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Wow, another granddaughter, hello Reese

Catching the world’s newspapers doing something right - Poynter

Publish Asia: Using data to drive editorial decisions - Editors Weblog

Running the Numbers on Tribune Publishing Company - Chandler Caller

Arkansas newspaper gambles on free iPads as the future - Washington Post

Hope springs eternal: Another newspaper ESOP - Crain's Chicago Business

America's Top Newspaper Editors Alarmed by Assange Indictment - Daily Beast

Op-ed brings back memories of delivering newspapers - Allentown Morning Call

Outcry Over Summoning of French Journalists by Intel Agency - Associated Press

Despite Industry Concerns, WSJ Says Apple News+ Relationship Is Good for Business - INMA

By Defending Their Raid on a Journalist, SF Police Strike a Blow Against a Free Press - Poynter

McClatchy sells Kansas City Star building

The McClatchy Company has completed the sale and leaseback of its Kansas City Star headquarters to Ambassador Hospitality, according to McClatchy. The glass building was sold for $30.1 million and leased back for 15 years with initial annual lease payments of $2.8 million. The company previously disclosed that it had completed the sale of a distribution center in Miami, Florida, for approximately $2.2 million. 
The company expects to use the approximately $32 million of net proceeds from the real property sales to perform a partial redemption of its 2026 Notes at par as required under its 2026 notes indenture, the company says. 
McClatchy operates 30 media companies in 14 states. 

Today in Labor History May 25th

Remington Rand strike

Pressured by employers, striking shoemakers in Philadelphia were arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy for violating an English common law that barred schemes aimed at forcing wage increases. The strike was broken. – 1805
The U.S. slave trade was abolished. – 1807
Philip Murray was born in Scotland. He went on to emigrate to the U.S., become founder and first president of the United Steelworkers of America, and head of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from 1940 until his death in 1952. – 1886
Two company houses occupied by scab coal miners were blown up and destroyed during a strike against the Glendale Gas & Coal Company in Wheeling, West Virginia. – 1925
The U.S. slave trade was abolished, Phillip Murray was born, thousands of WWI vets arrive in DC, the 11 month Remington Rand strike begins, and moreCLICK TO TWEET
Thousands of unemployed WWI veterans arrived in Washington, D.C. to demand a bonus they had been promised but never received. They built a shantytown near the U.S. Capital but were burned out by U.S. troops after two months. – 1932
The notorious 11-month Remington Rand strike began. The strike spawned the “Mohawk Valley (NY) formula,” described by investigators as a corporate plan to discredit union leaders, frighten the public with the threat of violence, employ thugs to beat up strikers, and other tactics. The National Labor Relations Board termed the formula “a battle plan for industrial war.” – 1936
The railroad strike was settled with terms imposed by President Harry Truman. – 1946
The AFL-CIO began what was to become an unsuccessful campaign for a 35-hour workweek, with the goal of reducing unemployment. Earlier tries by organized labor for 32- or 35-hour weeks also failed. – 1962

Friday, May 24, 2019

Wick Communications buys Delta County Independent

The longtime owners of the Delta County Independent (Colorado), Randy and Pat Sunderland, Ron Sunderland and Roxanne Sunderland McCormick, have sold the paper to Wick Communications, a third-generation family-owned company, of Sierra Vista, Arizona. The sale was finalized April 30, the paper reported
The DCI is Wick’s second Colorado property, joining the Montrose Daily Press. Wick Communications owns more than two dozen newspapers and specialty publications in 11 states. 
Montrose Daily Press publisher Dennis Anderson will also serve as the publisher of the Delta County Independent. The merger firm of Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April helped in the transaction.

Man Delivering Newspapers Killed In Overnight Shooting

Forum Communications buying Rochester Post Bulletin

Forum Communications is buying the Rochester Post Bulletin (Minnesota) from Small Newspaper Group.  
The sale doesn’t include the downtown office and plant facility. A closing of the transaction is expected in the second quarter of this year. No terms of the transaction were announced.
Merger-and-acquisition firm Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April represented Small Newspaper Group in the transaction.
The Rochester Post Bulletin is the biggest daily in southeastern Minnesota, serving 60 communities in nine counties. The Post Bulletin is published five days in the afternoon and Sunday mornings.
Forum Communications, based in Fargo, North Dakota, owns 36 newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. The family-owned company also has television and radio holdings, a commercial printing division, Internet businesses and websites at each of its operations.

News and Tech

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

MediaNews Group bids for Reading Eagle

New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital’s MediaNews Group has made the only qualified bid for Reading Eagle Company's assets, the Reading Eagle reported
A scheduled auction of the company's assets was canceled, as there was one bid.
A federal bankruptcy judge would have to approve the bid. A hearing on that is set for May 22 in Reading.
Denver-based MediaNews Group owns 97 publications around the U.S., MediaNews Group’s website says. 
The Reading Eagle Company filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 on March 20.
Family-owned Reading Eagle Company includes the Reading Eagle, WEEU 830 AM, the weekly South Schuylkill News, Pretzel City Productions and its commercial printing subsidiary REP. The company has a staff of 234.
Company President and CEO Peter D. Barbey praised employees for "their dedication and professionalism during this stressful time and for maintaining the standards that our readers have come to expect."

Today in Labor History May 24th

Brooklyn Bridge under construction

After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opened. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world”. – 1883
UAW labor leader Victor Reuther was shot and nearly killed at his Detroit home by police. His brother Walter had previously survived an attempted abduction in April 1938, a shotgun attack in 1948 and a bombing in 1949. He ultimately died in a plane crash in 1970, though curiously only one newspaper speculated that it might have been an assassination. – 1949
Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge is completed with 27 deaths, Lucasville, OH state prison strike begins, 2,300 United Rubber Workers go on StrikeCLICK TO TWEET
An 11-day strike began at the state prison in Lucasville, Ohio. – 1973
Earth First! And IWW members Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were bombed in Oakland, California. Police immediately arrested the victims, destroyed evidence, and went on a witch hunt of local activist groups like Earth First! and Seeds of Peace. – 1990
2,300 members of the United Rubber Workers, on strike for ten months against five Bridgestone-Firestone plants, agreed to return to work without a contract. They had been fighting demands for 12-hour shifts and wage increases tied to productivity gains. – 1995

Second Street buys Niche Media

Second Street has bought Niche Media. Niche Media runs events dedicated to helping niche publishers generate new and additional revenue.
“This acquisition further expands Second Street’s role as a disseminator of best practices in media revenue and audience engagement,” says a news release from Second Street on the buy. 
St. Louis-based Second Street is a provider of private-label online audience engagement and interactive content platforms for media companies including contesting, quizzes, ballots, polls, surveys, email, and data profiling. Second Street currently offers numerous resources including the Second Street Lab, Summit, sales workshops, webinars, and playbooks to complement its audience engagement software platform. 
Niche Media will remain its own independent entity. 
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

The weatherman was correct yesterday

GateHouse loves stockholders, not newspapers - Illinois Times

Trump vs. New York Times: the executive editor’s perspective - INMA

Hedge fund-owned MNG reduces stake in Gannett to 4.2% - USA Today

Behind the Success of The Seattle Times’ Morning Brief Newsletter - Poynter

‘Newspaper-killing’ Digital First Media to buy bankrupt Reading Eagle - Philly

Dire predictions issued on the future of the newspaper industry - The Boston Globe

Technical Focus on Shares of Tribune Publishing Company (TPCO) - Driscoll Register

MediaNews Group bids $5 million for Reading Eagle Company assets - Reading Eagle

The 016, a network for Worcester, seeks to become delivery boy and booster for local media - NL

How The Philadelphia Inquirer Launched a Newsroom Team to Grow its Audience - Better News

GateHouse buying New Jersey Herald

GateHouse Media is buying The New Jersey Herald from Quincy Media, the paper reports
The sale is expected to be completed this summer.
“We are proud to have been associated with the New Jersey Herald for more than 50 years,” said Ralph Oakley, CEO of Quincy Media. “The paper has done a wonderful job of covering the Sussex County area. This change in ownership will allow the newspaper to continue as a very important institution in this region.”
The New Jersey Herald building in Newton is not included in the sale to GateHouse, and will be sold, the paper said. The new owners are seeking out other locations for the Herald's operations going forward, the paper said.
GateHouse is a subsidiary of New Media Investment Group. The company operates in over 615 markets across 39 states.

Today in Labor History May 23rd

Battle of Toledo

The first American nursery school was established in New York City as a way to “relieve parents of the laboring classes” and offer their children “protection from idleness” and other evils that typically infected the rabble. – 1827
An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, went on strike in the Philadelphia area.  Among the issues: 60-hour workweeks, including night hours for the children. – 1903
100,000 strike in Philadelphia, 10,000 strikers battle sheriffs in the Battle of Toledo, women receive equal pay for equal work (not really) and Utah Phillips diesCLICK TO TWEET
The Battle of Toledo erupted when sheriffs arrested picket leaders at the Auto-Lite plant in Toledo, Ohio, and beat an old man. 10,000 strikers blockaded the plant for seven hours, preventing strikebreakers from leaving. Ultimately, the crowd was broken up with tear gas and water cannons. The National Guard was called in the following day. The strikers held their ground against the troops, who shot and killed two of their members and wounded 15 others, winning union recognition and a 5% raise after two weeks on the picket line. – 1934
A U.S. railroad strike starts and was later crushed when President Truman threatened to draft strikers. – 1946
Congress passed the first law to ensure women received equal pay for equal work. The legislation was originally submitted in 1947. – 1963
The Granite Cutters International Association of America merged with Tile, Marble, Terrazzo, Finishers and Shopmen, which five years later merged into the Carpenters. – 1983
Labor folk singer and IWW member U. Utah Phillips (1935-2008) died. – 2008

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

View Newspaper Group, Michigan Web Press buying Daily News, Stafford Printing

View Newspaper Group and Michigan Web Press are acquiring the Daily News and Stafford Printing (both in Greenville, Michigan), the Lapeer Area View reports
The buy is scheduled to close June 3. View Newspaper Group will now have 19 community newspapers and more than 115 employees. 
The Daily News will be the group’s first daily. It has a circulation of about 4,500 and is produced six days a week, according to the Lapeer Area View. 

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Forecast of rain this afternoon

Times Ireland to make most editorial staff redundant - Irish Times

How BuzzFeed Is Making its Video Shows Business Sustainable - Digiday

CPJ, Human Rights Watch call on Venezuela to release Jesús Medina - CPJ

This Newspaper Hired Homeless People to Report Its Stories - Nation Swell

NYT editor predicts almost all newspapers will die in 5 years - Fast Company

Publisher of the Arkansas Gazette has a plan to transform readership - Arkansas Online

Life After Print: How 3 Magazines Are Navigating Their New Business Models - Folio

Sydney Morning Herald Uses Systematic Experiments to Enhance Product, Services - INMA

The Boston Globe is the first local newspaper to have more digital subscribers than print - NL

What the Shake-up at Kommersant Says about Russia's Media Landscape - Human Rights Watch

State Journal-Register editor resigns

Angie Muhs, editor of The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois) has resigned in part with the aim of preventing layoffs at the paper, according to a staff writer, the Illinois Times reports
GateHouse Media owns The State Journal-Register. “I think her hope was, by not having her salary to pay, her hope would be that there would be no layoffs,” said staff writer Dean Olsen. Muhs had been with the paper for five years.
As Muhs was accompanied out of the paper by the paper’s general manager after resigning on May 10, staff of the State Journal-Register newsroom went outside with her in a show of support. 

Today in Labor History May 22nd

Eugene Debs

Eugene Debs was thrown in prison for his role in the Pullman Railway Strike (also known as the “Debs Rebellion”). – 1895
White firemen on the Georgia Railroad struck against the hiring of blacks. A New York Times correspondent reported that there was much violence against the black firemen, coming not from the strikers but from “citizens along the line of the road, who object to the preference given negroes over white men.” -1909
Eugene Debs goes to prison, the Civil Service Retirement Act gives federal workers a pension, the Steelworkers Organizing Committee was disbanded, and moreCLICK TO TWEET
The Civil Service Retirement Act of 1920 gives federal workers a pension. – 1920
The Congress of Industrial Organizations’ (CIOs) Steelworkers Organizing Committee was disbanded at a Cleveland convention and immediately succeeded by the workers’ new union, the United Steelworkers of America. – 1942
The first strike by Chicago teachers began on this day and lasted for three days. – 1969

PressWorks gets DCOS retrofit

PressWorks Ink, a subsidiary of Swift Communications, has contracted DCOS Automation Sweden for a complete drives and controls retrofit on its DGM 440 press. PressWorks Ink prints the Carson City Nevada Appeal and the Reno Gazette-Journal along with several other weekly, monthly, tabloid and specialty products.
DCOS will replace the existing six Eurotherm drives with new digital drives. The existing DGM consoles will be replaced with new DCOS consoles that integrate all press functions, ink presetting and remote inking control, dampening, splicers and infeeds to new touchscreen control. The existing fiber optic loop will be replaced with a new EtherCat star-network with direct communication to each drive. 
The drives and controls are supported by DCOS 24/7 remote support, DCOS says.
DCOS will also assist in the scavenging of useful spare parts from the old Eurotherm drives and DGM console to be used at another Swift Communications site.
While DCOS has a history of drives and controls retrofits in Europe on nearly all types of newspaper presses, this is the most extensive drives and controls project so far in the U.S., according to the company. The installation will begin in September 2019.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Need an under-counter refrigerator? Visit my eBay store 

Theft of newspapers an act of censorship - Golden Gate Xpress

Pressure at top Russian daily triggers mass walkout - FRANCE 24

Pentagon Reporters Left in Dark as Iran Tensions Escalate - The Hill

Meredith Claims Improved Ad Results, Strong Circ Business in Q3 - Folio

The Boston Globe now has more online subscribers than print ones - Biz Journals

Pope pays tribute to journalists who were killed; says press freedom vital - Reuters

Survey Reveals Americans Blame Magazines and Newspapers for Fake News - Yahoo

Men outnumber women in US newsrooms. It’s no different among fact-checkers - Poynter

Being Transparent Will Help Newspapers Gain the Trust of Readers - Editor and Publisher

Game Asked Players To Kill Journalist, Make Him ‘Famous In A Different Way’ - Huffpost

Some San Francisco Leaders Back Raid on a Journalist. District Attorney Candidates Disagree - NYT

Dotdash has bought wedding and bridal brand Brides from Conde Nast

Dotdash has bought wedding and bridal brand Brides from Conde Nast. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Brides print magazine will be discontinued after the August/September issue in the U.S. and the September/October issue in the U.K. The future focus will be building wedding content online and across platforms, according to Dotdash.
"We're excited to build on the historical excellence and incredible reputation of the Brides brand," said Neil Vogel, CEO, Dotdash. "Adding Brides to our portfolio of brands gives us a powerful platform to take on the wedding space and extends our ability to reach young women at key moments in their lives."
Dotdash brands include Verywell, The Spruce, The Balance, Investopedia, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Byrdie, MyDomaine, Brides and ThoughtCo.
Dotdash is an operating business of holding company IAC. Billionaire media magnate Barry Diller is IAC chairman.

Today in Labor History May 21st

Minneapolis General Strike

Italian activists and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, widely believed to have been framed for murder, went on trial today. They eventually were executed as part of a government campaign against dissidents. – 1921
The Minneapolis General Strike by the Teamsters Union commenced, with a pitched battle between striking Teamsters and business goons. – 1934
The Little Wagner Act was signed in Hawaii, guaranteeing pineapple and sugar workers the right to bargain collectively. After negotiations failed, a successful 79-day strike shut down 33 of the territory’s 34 plantations and brought higher wages and a 40-hour week. – 1945
Sacco and Vanzetti trial starts, Teamsters start a general strike in Minneapolis, the Little Wagner Act was signed, The government seized control of Coal Mines, and the White Night riots occurred in San FransiscoCLICK TO TWEET
The U.S. government seized control of the nation’s coal mines in order to maintain production during a nationwide coal strike. Despite the government’s actions, miners continued to strike, forcing the government to concede to many of their demands, concessions that even the mine owners refused to grant. Miners struck again in November, in violation of a federal injunction, resulting in a $3.5 million fine. – 1946
White Night riots occurred in San Francisco, California in protest of the hand slap given to former city supervisor, Dan White, for murdering the city’s first openly gay supervisor, Harvey Milk, and Mayor George Moscone. White was determined to be temporarily insane from having eaten too much junk food. A similar defense has failed repeatedly to get students excused from exams or school detentions. – 1979
Nearly 100,000 unionized SBC Communications Inc. workers began a four-day strike to protest the local phone giant’s latest contract offer. – 2004