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Monday, January 26, 2015

News VP for Lee Enterprises will step down | Poynter.

News VP for Lee Enterprises will step down | Poynter.

Printing a Newspaper

Recorded Christmas Eve 2012 on an iPhone 5 at the plant that prints the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Slapped some clips together with iMovie.


Former Fox employee kills himself outside of News Corp building | Poynter.

Former Fox employee kills himself outside of News Corp building | Poynter.

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Just missed the Red Line last week


Jill Leovy’s ‘Ghettoside’ - New York Times

Only in LA: The great ideas issue - LAObserved

Interview with New York Times Editor Baquet - Spiegel

Sports Illustrated lays off all staff photographers - NPPA

Postmedia and the heavy price it pays to survive - The Star

N.Y. private-equity firm in talks for Mercury News owner - SF Gate

Cerberus, Apollo bidding for Digital First Media - Capital New York

Former employee of Austin’s Fox affiliate kills himself - Romenesko

OC Register Blasphemously Subscription Deal for Catholics - Gustavo Arellano

What A Scoop! Settlers of Catan Publisher Making Newspaper Game - The Escapist

Today in Labor History

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In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s code, reports Roger Newell: shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively - 1695
Samuel Gompers, first AFL president, born in London, England. He emigrated to the U.S. as a youth - 1850
The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America is chartered by the American Federation of Labor to organize "every wage earner from the man who takes the bullock at the house until it goes into the hands of the consumer." - 1897
Workers win a two-day sit-down strike at the Brooklyn electric plant that powers the city's entire subway system - 1937
A handful of American companies announce nearly 60,000 layoffs today, as the recession that began during the George W. Bush presidency charges full-tilt toward what became known as the Great Recession - 2009
(Union Strategies for Hard Times, 2nd Edition: What can unions do as the fallout of the 2015.01.26history-hard.timesGreat Recession continues to ravage workers and their unions and threatens to destroy decades of collective bargaining gains? What must local union leaders do to help their laid off members, protect those still working, and prevent the gutting of their hard-fought contracts—and their very unions themselves? 
     Bill Barry, until recently director of labor studies at the Community College of Baltimore County and a 40-year veteran of the movement, calls on his long history of activism and years of "what works, what doesn’t" discussions with other leaders to come up with a plan to survive these terrible times and even use crisis to build a better future.)

Today in Media History: Lotus 1-2-3 was the killer app of 1983 | Poynter.

Today in Media History: Lotus 1-2-3 was the killer app of 1983 | Poynter.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Today in Labor History

Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California - 18262015.01.19history-farmworker.friend
(Farmworker’s Friend: The story of Cesar Chavez is a thoughtful and moving book about the inspiring life of American hero Cesar Chavez, founder and long-time leader of the United Farm Workers of America. This sympathetic portrayal of Chavez and his life’s work begins with his childhood, starting from the time his family’s store in Arizona failed during the Great Depression and his entire family was forced into the fields to harvest vegetables for a few cents an hour. It traces his growth as a man and as a leader, talking of his pacifism, his courage in the face of great threats and greater odds, his leadership and his view that the union was more than just a union, it was a community—una causa.)
Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor - 1849
The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union - 1890
Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions - 1932

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Social media editor leaves LA Times for RYOT News - LA Observed

Social media editor leaves LA Times for RYOT News - LA Observed

Sowing Seeds For Life Open today 11am - 4pm

The food pantry is open today with new hours of operation, we're now open from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, so come by and visit as we fill your home with food, As the visitors have increased it has caused a traffic nightmare on Arrow Highway, to alleviate the traffic problem we began opening two hours early, serving the needy already in line.

Sowing Seeds For Life
1350 Arrow Highway
La Verne, CA. 91750

Located between San Dimas Canyon Road and Wheeler.


Today in Labor History

Some 750,000 steel workers walk out in 30 states, largest strike in U.S. history to that time - 1946
Postal workers begin four-day strike at the Jersey City, N.J., bulk and foreign mail center, protesting an involuntary shift change. The wildcat was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”- 1974
Six hundred police attack picketing longshoremen in Charleston, S.C. - 2000

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The forces that are anti-Negro are by and large anti-labor - Martin Luther King Jr.

"The forces that are anti-Negro are by and large anti-labor, and with the coming together of the powerful influence of labor and all people of goodwill in the struggle for freedom and human dignity, I can assure you that we have a powerful instrument."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressing the United Packinghouse Workers Union (UPWU) in 1962



Huntington curator on 'The Bard of LA' - LA Observed

Huntington curator on 'The Bard of LA' - LA Observed

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

The Gas Company Building, Los Angeles, CA. 



Gaming Journalism - Editors Weblog

Tribune Publishing CFO stepping down - Chicago Tribune

Gannett to close printing plant in St. Louis - SL Business Journal

Why U-T ran Charlie Hebdo cartoons - San Diego Union Tribune

How Your Facebook Likes Could Cost You a Job - New York Times

A deal so good that U-T San Diego doesn't want you sharing it - Romenesko

GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media - Guardian

Iranian paper banned for showing Clooney wearing "Je suis Charlie" pin - Reuters

Mara Shalhoup leaving the Reader to become editor of LA Weekly - Chicago Reader

Amid outcry, News-Press is adamant on provocative term for immigrants - LA Times

Today in Media History: Iran releases American hostages in 1981 | Poynter.

Today in Media History: Iran releases American hostages in 1981 | Poynter.

Today in Labor History

Chicago Crib Disaster—A fire breaks out during construction of a water tunnel for the city of Chicago, burning the wooden dormitory housing the tunnel workers. While 46 survive the fire by jumping into the frigid lake and climbing onto ice floes, approximately 60 men die, 29 burned beyond recognition and the others drowned - 1909
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) founded – 1920
The Nazis adopt the “Act on the Regulation of National Labor,” replacing independently negotiated collective agreements. The act read, in part, “The leader of the plant makes the decisions for the employees and laborers in all matters concerning the2015.01.19history-mickey.mantleenterprise... He is responsible for the well-being of the employees and laborers. [They] owe him faithfulness.” - 1934
Hardworking Mickey Mantle signs a new contract with the New York Yankees making him the highest paid player in baseball: $75,000 for the entire 1961 season - 1961
Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," a eulogy for dying industrial cities, is the country’s most listened-to song. The lyrics, in part: "Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores / Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more / They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks / Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown..." - 1986

Monday, January 19, 2015

This is Hilarious

When Martin Luther King spoke in Los Angeles - LA Observed

When Martin Luther King spoke in Los Angeles - LA Observed

Today in Media History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the news stories from Selma | Poynter.

Today in Media History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the news stories from Selma | Poynter.

Today in Labor History

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Twenty strikers at the American Agricultural Chemical Co. in Roosevelt, N.J., were shot, two fatally, by factory guards. They and other strikers had stopped an incoming train in search of scabs when the guards opened fire - 1915
(Strikes Around the World draws on the experience of fifteen countries—The United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Covering the high and low points of strike activity over the period 1968–2005, the study shows continuing evidence of the durability, adaptability and necessity of the strike.)
Some 3,000 members of the Filipino Federation of Labor strike the plantations of Oahu, Hawaii. Their ranks swell to 8,300 as they are joined by members of the Japanese Federation of Labor - 1920
Yuba City, Calif., labor contractor Juan V. Corona found guilty of murdering 25 itinerant farm workers he employed during 1970 and 1971 - 1973
Bruce Springsteen makes an unannounced appearance at a benefit for laid-off 3M workers, Asbury Park, N.J. - 1986

In Celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement ofcivil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
He was born Michael King, but his father changed his name in honor of the German reformer Martin Luther. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, in 1962, and organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he and the SCLC helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches and the following year, he took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and speak against the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled "Beyond Vietnam".
In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People's Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. His death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities. Allegations that James Earl Ray, the man convicted of killing King, had been framed or acted in concert with government agents persisted for decades after the shooting. The jury of a 1999 civil trial found Loyd Jowers to be complicit in a conspiracy against King. The ruling has since been discredited and a sister of Jowers admitted that he had fabricated the story so he could make $300,000 from selling the story, and she in turn corroborated his story in order to get some money to pay her income tax.[1][2]
King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold MedalMartin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as aU.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor. In addition, a county was rededicated in his honor. A memorial statue on the National Mall was opened to the public in 2011.


Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963



Sunday, January 18, 2015

5 other times media Twitter accounts have been hacked | Poynter.

5 other times media Twitter accounts have been hacked | Poynter.

Sunday Night in the Blogosphere



Want to Be Happy? Join a Union - New York Times

10 news organizations form drone coalition - Poynter

Chicago Reader staff joins the Newspaper Guild - Romenesko

Al Martinez, a Dying Boy and Some Peaches - LA Daily Mirror

Al Martinez: The bard who sang everyone's songs - Patt Morrison

Want revenge on Zell? Here's a unique way to go about it - Washington Post

Stuart Loory dies at 82; L.A. Times journalist helped build CNN - LA Times

Digital First Media’s upcoming sale is producing some surprises - NiemanLab

Buy Tribune Media because the company is about to make money - Seeking Alpha

First edition of Charlie Hebdo since Paris massacre sold out in minutes - Editors Weblog

This week the Jewish Journal is Jewish Hebdo - LA Observed

This week the Jewish Journal is Jewish Hebdo - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

Wobbly Ralph Chaplin, in Chicago for a demonstration against hunger, completes 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 die when a large molasses storage tank in Boston’s North End neighborhood bursts, sending a 40-foot wave of molasses surging through the streets at an estimated 35 miles per hour. 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
Martin Luther King Jr. born - 1929
The CIO miners' union in the Grass Valley area of California strikes for higher wages, union recognition, and the 8-hour day. 2015.01.12history-blackjacksThe strike was defeated when vigilantes and law enforcement officials expelled 400 miners and their families from the area - 1938
(From Blackjacks to Briefcases: This book documents 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.)
The Pentagon, to this day the largest office building in the world, is dedicated just 16 months after groundbreaking. At times of peak employment 13,000 workers labored on the project – 1943
Margaret Mary Vojtko dies at age 83 in Homestead, Pennsylvania. She was an adjunct professor of French and medieval literature at Duquensne Unversity for 25 years—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, being 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
January 16
The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect - 1883

Thousands of Palmer Raids detainees win right to meet with lawyers and attorney representation at deportation hearings. "Palmer" was Alexander Mitchell Palmer, U.S. attorney general under Woodrow Wilson. Palmer believed Communism was "eating its way into the homes of the American workman," and Socialists were causing most of the country's social problems - 1920
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Former UAW President Leonard Woodcock dies in Ann Arbor, Mich., at age 89. He had succeeded Walter Reuther and led the union from 1970 to 1977 - 2001
January 17
Radical labor organizer and anarchist Lucy Parsons leads hunger march in Chicago; IWW songwriter Ralph Chaplin wrote "Solidarity Forever" for the march - 1915
President John F. Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, guaranteeing federal workers the right to join unions and bargain collectively - 1962

January 182015.01.12history-stayin.alive
U.S. Supreme Court rules in Moyer v. Peabody that a governor and officers of a state National Guard may imprison anyone—in the case at hand, striking miners in Colorado—without probable cause “in a time of insurrection” and deny the person the right of appeal - 1909
"Take This Job and Shove It," by Johnny Paycheck, is listed by Billboard magazine as the most popular song in the U.S. - 1978
(Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class: Stayin’ Alive is a remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s.)




Images and newspapers from the civil rights movement are now on display at the Newseum | Poynter.

Images and newspapers from the civil rights movement are now on display at the Newseum | Poynter.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The attorney general has released updated guidelines for investigating journalists | Poynter.

The attorney general has released updated guidelines for investigating journalists | Poynter.

Today in Labor History

Clinton-era OSHA issues confined spaces standard to prevent more than 50 deaths and 5,000 serious injuries annually for workers who enter confined spaces - 1993
Pennsylvania Superior Court rules bosses can fire workers for being gay - 1995
2015.01.12history-ge.employeesSome 14,000 General Electric employees strike for two days to protest the company's mid-contract decision to shift an average of $400 in additional health care co-payments onto each worker – 2003
A 15-month lockout by the Minnesota Orchestra against members of the Twin Cities Musicians' Union, Local 30-73 ends when the musicians agree to a 15 percent pay cut (management wanted up to 40 percent) and increased health care cost sharing. They did win a revenue-sharing deal based on performance of the Orchestra's endowments. It was the nation's longest-running contract dispute for a concert orchestra - 2014