Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times kittens adopted by the staff

Web of Repression to Close Newspapers - Caracas Chronicles

Imperial partners with Times newspapers - Imperial College London

A lot of sales circulars coming Thanksgiving Day - Lock Haven Express

Owner of the Scotsman and i newspapers enters administration - Guardian

New Business Models No Longer Rely on Large Profits or Staff Sizes - IJNET

How McClatchy Plans to Pursue National Advertisers’ Digital Budgets - Digiday

'Los Angeles Times' Photographer On Documenting California's Wildfires - NPR

CIA Concludes Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s Assassination - WaPo

Seven weekly newspapers within the River Media stable have been sold - The Irish News

Judge orders Jim Acosta's 'hard pass' be restored in CNN lawsuit against Trump - Poynter

Passions can help sell subscriptions

The newspaper industry is learning how to better understand the passions of readers to attract and retain subscribers. The New York Times reportedly now earns two-thirds of its revenue from subscriptions. Hearst is targeting having 30 percent of its revenue come from subscribers.
One of the more innovative efforts to attract paying subscribers is under way at the Omaha World-Herald, flagship daily of BH Media Group. Omaha’s new program is called Subscriber Plus.
“Our company has invested in technology and taken other actions to improve digital subscribers’ user experience,” Publisher Terry Kroeger said in a column to readers when Subscriber Plus launched. “Digital subscribers will enjoy faster loading web pages, fewer advertisements and special offers. ... Digital subscribers also will enjoy first access to all of The World-Herald’s content, including a handful of stories and photo galleries designated for subscribers only.”
Understatement: Football is important in Nebraska.
The state is home of perhaps the most passionate fans in the nation.
Nebraska has won five national championships, and the program is one of only 10 teams with more than 800 victories. Fans travel well. Red is the state’s most prominent color.
A shroud of sadness rolled over the state last fall from Omaha to Kimball, and from Chadron to Falls City when Nebraska ended its season with a 4-8 record, the worst performance in 56 years.
So when, in December, Nebraska hired former Husker national champion quarterback Scott Frost as head coach, interest was huge among Husker Nation.  A savior had been found.
The World-Herald’s news staff jumped all over the story. And once Omaha’s readers were informed that they had to pay to read more – they offered up their credit cards.
The World-Herald doubled down on the program in early February as National Signing Day approached. Fans who wanted to know the full story of each recruit signed – or lost – by the Cornhuskers, had to establish a business relationship with
Under the Subscriber Plus program, the World-Herald offers a first-month rate of 99 cents that converts to $9.95 a month on an auto-renewing basis. Omaha is signing up new digital subscribers at three to four times the rate in 2017. And in the early going, retention has been good.

Today in Labor History

Labor History November 17th
Martin Irons
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen was founded on this date in 1785 in a tavern in New York City. The Society, which still exists today, created a library, clubhouse, bank and school for their apprentices, mechanics, tradesmen and their families. – 1785
Martin Irons died near Waco, Texas. Born in Dundee, Scotland, he emigrated to the U.S. at age 14. He joined the Knights of Labor and in 1886 led a strike of 200,000 workers against the Jay Gould-owned Union Pacific and MissouriCLICK TO TWEETrailroad. The strike was crushed, Irons was blacklisted and he died broken-down and penniless. Said Mother Jones: “The capitalist class hounded him as if he had been a wild beast.” – 1900
To the huge relief of Post Office Department employees, the service set a limit of 200 pounds a day to be shipped by any one customer. Builders were finding it cheaper to send supplies via post than via wagon freight. In one instance, 80,000 bricks for a new bank were shipped parcel post from Salt Lake City to Vernal, Utah, 170 miles away. The new directive also barred the shipment of humans: a child involved in a couple’s custody fight was shipped—for 17¢—from Stillwell to South Bend, Indiana, in a crate labeled “live baby” – 1916
Ben Reitman, hobo organizer, anarchist and one time partner of Emma Goldman, died on this date. Reitman served as a doctor for hobos and the downtrodden and participated in numerous free speech fights and anarchist causes, getting beaten, tarred and feathered, jailed, and run out of town for his troubles, most notably during the San Diego free speech fight. He also wrote the book, Boxcar Bertha. – 1942
With many U.S. political leaders gripped by the fear of communism and questioning citizen loyalties in the years following World War II, the Screen Actors Guild voted to force its officers to take a “non-communist” pledge. A few days earlier the Hollywood Ten had been called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. – 1947
The National Football League Association, which represents the nation’s professional football players, ended a strike that lasted 57 days. The labor action was effective: while it was ongoing, not a single major league football game was played. Because of the strike, the football season lasted only nine games per team, an almost 50 percent reduction from the originally scheduled 16. The players were demanding a percentage of profit revenues, which the NFL refused. Eventually, the players won a new contract, which provided an increase in salaries and post-season pay, as well as bonuses and severance packages for retiring players. – 1982
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 234 for, 200 against. It passed in the U.S. Senate by 61 for, 38 against. President Bill Clinton signed the agreement into law on December 8, 1993, stating that “NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs”. What it actually meant was job losses, decreased wages, and attacks on public interest laws. –  1993

Friday, November 16, 2018

Memorial Service for Harold Rios

Memorial service for Harold Riosretired pressman at the Los Angeles Times, will be held on November 30th, 2018 at 10:00 A.M.

2900 Honolulu Ave.
La Cresenta,Calif. 91214

Immediately following Mr. Rios’ service a gathering will be held at the 
 AmericanLegion-Post 377 located at 10039 Pinewood Ave, Tujunga.

Tribune Publishing extends partnership with Taboola

Discovery platform Taboola has announced an exclusive three-year partnership with Tribune Publishing Company, bringing the Taboola Feed to Tribune Publishing’s digital audiences. The deal builds on an existing partnership between Taboola and Tribune Publishing with the goal of increasing user engagement and generating revenue across its digital portfolio, according to a release from Taboola. 
Under the partnership, Tribune Publishing will launch the Taboola Feed on all digital properties, which include the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel. 
Tribune Publishing’s New York Daily News was the first publisher partner to test Taboola Feed on mobile and desktop in May 2017. 
Taboola Feed is a vertical-scrolling feed that enables users to access content including articles, in-feed video, app downloads, premium content and more on mobile web and in-app. Similar to how people experience social networks, Taboola Feed encourages audiences to stay engaged on a publisher’s site by scrolling through a personalized stream of content, video and other experiences the user might be interested in discovering next, according to the company. 
Taboola is headquartered in New York City.

Today in Labor History

Labor History November 16th
The Ravensdale Coal Mine

The Ravensdale coal mine explosion killed 31 workers in Washington state. The mine was well known for excessive coal dust. – 1916

A county judge in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania granted an injunction requested by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Company forbidding strikers from speaking to strikebreakers, posting signs declaring a strike is in progress, or even singing hymns. Union leaders termed the injunction “drastic.” – 1927

New York Magazine to have digital subscription offering

New York Magazine will have a digital subscription offering starting later this month, the magazine announced.  

The offering will involve Vulture, the Cut, Intelligencer, the Strategist, and Grub Street, which produce around 150 stories daily. “The product is conceived as a general-interest magazine applied to digital — short and long stories, serious and funny, highbrow and lowbrow,” according to the magazine.
A new homepage will be posted in coordination with the subscription product, to highlight content from around the New York Media network.

New York Media says it has a global audience of 45 million readers per month. 
Its latest site is Intelligencer, which started covering politics, tech, and business last month. A new listings product covering the best restaurants and bars in New York City will launch in November.

The cost of the digital subscription will be $5 per month, with a dynamic meter (versus a static paywall based on a set number of articles). Readers will be prompted to subscribe based on a mix of data points and they will be alerted as they near the limit of free articles.

Existing print subscribers will have access to the digital product at no added cost. New digital plus print subscriptions will be $70 per year.

“We’re aiming to separate casual browsers from superfans, and forge a deeper relationship with those fans who are passionate about what we do,” says New York Media CEO Pam Wasserstein.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book highlights news audience value to advertisers

A new book from the News Media Alliance highlights the benefits of advertising in print and digital news media. “Recent research shows that, for advertisers, there’s no better audience to target than the news media audience,” says a news release on the book, “News Advertising Panorama.”
The inherent value of the newspaper media audience itself continues to be a huge benefit for advertisers due to its socioeconomic profile and strong purchasing history in several retail categories, according to the Arlington, Virginia-based News Media Alliance.
The 78-page “Panorama” uses research from a range of sources, including Nielsen Scarborough, comScore, Kantar Media and the Alliance itself.
The aim of the book is to provide advertisers with useful facts and figures on the news media audience that will encourage them to prioritize advertising in print and digital news media as part of their marketing strategy, according to the release.
“While the news media landscape has evolved rapidly in the past few years, what hasn’t changed is that people trust their favorite news source — and the advertisements they find there,” said Rebecca Frank, News Media Alliance vice president of Research & Insights. “But not all advertisers are aware of the value the news media offer to their clients, which is surprising given how strong the data really are.”
Some key findings in the “Panorama”: Consumer trust in print media is twice that of social media; print newspapers are more likely than other channels to drive reader action, with as many as 83 percent of news media consumers taking action because of printed advertisement; and print newspapers are the preferred source for coupons for U.S. adults.

Today in Labor History

Labor History November 15th
John L Lewis
The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada was founded in Pittsburgh.  FOTLU was the predecessor organization to what became the American Federation of Labor in 1886.  Its goal was to “organize a systematic agitation to propagate trades union principles…to elevate trades unionism, and to obtain for the working classes, that respect for their rights, and that reward for their services, to which they are justly entitled.”- 1881
The main headquarters of the New York City Wobblies (IWW) was ransacked and destroyed by agents acting under the US Attorney General Palmer. The Palmer raidswere part of the first U.S. communist witch hunt, starting well before the more well known McCarthy purges. It was also where J. Edgar Hoover cut his baby teeth. – 1919
To “organize workers into a powerful industrial union”, United Mine Workers of America President, John L. Lewis called a meeting in Pittsburgh’s Islam Grotto, founding the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). – 1938CLICK TO TWEET
Four workers were killed and one was injured during a hazardous chemical (methyl mercaptan) leak at a DuPont industrial plant in suburban Houston. DuPont had ignored safety standards to increase profits. – 2014

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Germany’s Niedermayr turns to FlexLiner inserting system

Germany’s Niedermayr is now doing inserting in-house, using the FlexLiner inserting system.
The FlexLiner rounds off the production process for the high-volume printing plant for direct advertising, which has long relied on Muller Martini solutions, according to Switzerland-based Muller Martini.
The company’s existing machines include a sheet-fed offset and four web printing presses.
The inserting solution, which is also used for inserts in inserts, enables the company to help its key customer carry out its marketing strategy, which requires three-shift operation with a high level of flexibility and speed. Niedermayr produces up to three million inserts and some 16 million flyers each week for the discount retailer.
Niedermayr uses the FlexLiner to produce products with 8 to 112 pages, and typically operates the machine at the maximum speed of 30,000 cycles per hour. “Sometimes even the Muller Martini engineers are a little amazed by the volumes we handle,” says Michael Kretschmann, print finishing manager at Niedermayr.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Preparing for our six week adventure to the Philippines next week

Who you gonna trust? Newspapers - Media In Canada

Should the Press Boycott Trump? - The New York Times

New Zealand newspaper confuses Spike Lee for late Stan Lee - EW

Broken Trust at the Houston Chronicle - Columbia Journalism Review

Still looking for a brighter bottom line in the newspaper business - Poynter

BYU-Idaho Scroll newspaper transitions to online only - Rexburg Standard Journal

Pikes Peak Community College reboots student newspaper - Colorado Springs Independent

Five Lessons from the Guardian’s Membership Strategy, Three Years On -

'More than just a newspaper': Guardian writers thank readers for their support - The Guardian

Of all the bias-based incidents in the entire U.S. the majority were against Jews in 2017 - FBI

New York Times digitizing photo morgue

The New York Times is using Google Cloud technology to digitize an extensive collection of photographs dating back to as early as the late 19th century, the company said. The process will uncover some never-before-seen-documents, equip Times journalists with an easily accessible historical reference source, and preserve The Times’s history, a news release said. 
Prior to the digitization, millions of photographs, along with tens of millions of historical news clippings, microfilm records and other archival materials, existed only in a physical archive three levels below ground near The Times headquarters in New York City called “The New York Times Archival Library,” also known as the “morgue.” 
“We’ve always known that we were sitting on a trove of historical photos and now, cloud technology allows us to not only preserve this archival source, but easily search and pull photos to provide even more historical context,” said Monica Drake, assistant managing editor, The New York Times. “Ultimately, this digitalization will equip Times journalists with useful tools to make it easier to tell even more visual stories.” 
The newsroom will use the digitized archives to inspire stories for Past Tense, a body of coverage dedicated to revisiting history.

Today in Labor History

Labor History November 14th

Joe McCarthy

The National Women’s Trade Union League was formed in Boston. It was organized as a coalition of working-class women, professional reformers, and women from wealthy and prominent families. Its purpose was to “assist in the organization of women wage workers into trade unions and thereby to help them secure conditions necessary for healthful and efficient work and to obtain a just reward for such work.” – 1903
Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI), right-wing lunatic, alcoholic and shame of the nation, was born on this day.CLICK TO TWEETMcCarthyism destroyed the lives of thousands of good Americans and Union members by falsely accusing them of Communism. McCarthy stomped on civil liberties and the exercise of freedoms with impunity until he was censured by the Senate. (McCarthyism was  used by Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines during his 2014 campaign to smear his opponent). – 1909
The American Railway Supervisors Association was formed at Harmony Hall in Chicago by 29 supervisors working for the Chicago & North Western Railway. They organized after realizing that those railroaders working under their supervision already had the benefits of unionization and were paid more for working fewer hours. – 1934
The Depression-era Public Works Administration agreed with New York City on this day to begin a huge slum clearance project covering 20 acres in Brooklyn, where low-cost housing for 2,500 families would be completed. It was the first of many such jobs-and-housing projects across the country. – 1934
The National Federation of Telephone Workers,  later to become the Communications Workers of America, which is now one of the largest unions in the United States, was founded in New Orleans. – 1938
Jimmy Carter-era OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) published standards reducing permissible exposure to lead, protecting 835,000 workers from damage to nervous, urinary and reproductive systems. – 1978
The Federation of Professional Athletes was granted a charter by the AFL-CIO. – 1979

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Indianapolis alt-weekly Nuvo cuts print schedule

Nuvo, an alternative newsweekly based in Indianapolis, is cutting its print schedule.
Starting in mid-November, the print edition of the paper will be published every two weeks. The page count will be up, with more advertising. The paper will have more event recommendations and previews and longer features in news, arts, food and entertainment, according to the paper.
“While our overall readership has remained consistent over the past three decades, the number of digital readers continues to increase and print readers decrease, with a good number reading us both online and in print,” said an explanation of the changes from Editor Laura McPhee.
Recently the paper got a grant from the Community Listening and Engagement Fund backed by The News Integrity Initiative, The Democracy Fund, the Knight Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. 
The paper used the grant funds to get two platforms, Hearken and GroundSource, that “will help make our journalism more public-powered,” according to the paper.
The paper dates to 1990. “We’re excited about the future and how we will evolve in order to remain Indy’s best source for local, independent journalism for decades to come,” McPhee wrote.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Food is constantly moved and given away by food pantries around the country

WhatsApp awards $1 million for misinformation research - Poynter

No one knows what the actual circulation of a newspaper is - Daily Times

Local Newspapers Are Dying — Here And Around The Nation -

Turning a century's worth of images, 6 million of them, into stories - Poynter

The history of NZ newspapers would shame the Facebook generation - Noted

Daily Mail owners reportedly interested in buying i newspaper - The Guardian

Give newspapers the tools to fight Facebook and Google (Editorial) - Syracuse

How Publishers Can Zone In On Location-Based Mobile Apps - Editor and Publisher

Recording Is Seen to Link Saudi Crown Prince More Strongly to Khashoggi Killing - NYT

Orlando Sentinel announces new leadership amid Tribune Publishing changes - Orlando Sentinel

Weiss Druck orders second Colorman e:line

Weiss Druck, a printer in Monschau, Germany, has ordered a Colorman e:line newspaper printing system from manroland Goss web systems. 
A first one was commissioned in 2014 under the name “Gipfelsturmer” (Summiteer).
“The system has provided us immense savings in setup times and misprinted paper, and completes our range of products by brilliant printing quality in coldest,” said Managing Director Georg Weiss.
manroland Goss web systems, based in Augsburg, Germany, is a supplier of web offset printing solutions.

Today in Labor History

Labor History November 13th

Karen Silkwood
Over 20,000 workers participated in the funeral march for the Haymarket anarchists framed for throwing the Haymarket bomb. – 1887

259 miners died in the underground Cherry Mine fire in Cherry, Illinois.
As a result of the disaster, Illinois established stricter safety regulations and in 1911, the basis for the state’s Workers Compensation Act was passed. – 1909

A Western Federation of Miners strike was crushed by massive government intervention and the militia in Butte, Montana. The miners were striking for better pay and safer working conditions. The WFM was a “radical” organization co-founded by Butte Union miners and played a key role in the founding of the IWW. -1914

The Holland Tunnel opened, running under the Hudson River for 1.6 miles and connecting the island of Manhattan in New York City with Jersey City, New Jersey. Thirteen workers died over its seven-year-long construction. – 1927

GM workers’ post-war strike for higher wages closed 96 plants. – 1945

Members of the International Typographical Union, on strike against the Green Bay (Wisconsin) Press-Gazette over technology changes, created the Green Bay Daily News (later the News-Chronicle) as a money-maker for the strikers and to support their cause. Surviving until 1976, it was seen as the longest-running strike paper in newspaper history.  The Gannett chain ultimately bought the paper, only to fold it in 2005. – 1972

Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union activist Karen Silkwood was killed in a suspicious car crash. She was driving to a meeting with a New York Times investigative reporter. She was bringing them documents proving the company she worked for, Kerr-McGee Nuclear Corporation, had falsified quality control record of nuclear fuel rods. – 1974