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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Today in Media History: In 1961 reporters described the first U.S. manned space flight

Today in Media History: In 1961 reporters described the first U.S. manned space flight

Artist and writer Ed Fuentes gets ink in Las Vegas - LA Observed

Artist and writer Ed Fuentes gets ink in Las Vegas - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

National Typographical Union founded, Cincinnati, Ohio. It was renamed the Int’l Typographical Union in 1869, in acknowledgment of Canadian members. When the ITU merged into CWA in 1986 it was the oldest existing union in the U.S. - 1852
On Chicago’s West Side, police attack Jewish workers as they try to march into the Loop to protest slum conditions - 1886
Some 14,000 building trades workers and laborers, demanding an 8-hour work day, gather at the Milwaukee Iron Co. rolling mill in Bay View, Wisc. When they approach the mill they are fired on by 250 National Guardsmen under orders from the governor to shoot to kill. Seven die, including a 13-year-old boy - 1886
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Nineteen machinists working for the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad gather in a locomotive pit to decide what to do about a wage cut. They vote to form a union, which later became the Int’l Association of Machinists - 1888
Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested in Boston for murder and payroll robbery. Eventually they are executed for a crime most believe they did not commit - 1920
2015.05.04 history harlan.countyHeavily armed deputies and other mine owner hirelings attack striking miners in Harlan County, Ky., starting the Battle of Harlan County - 1931
John J. Sweeney, president of the Service Employees Int’l Union from 1980 to 1995, then president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009, born in the Bronx, N.Y. - 1934
Lumber strike begins in Pacific Northwest, will involve 40,000 workers by the time victory is achieved after 13 weeks: union recognition, a 50¢-per-hour minimum wage and an 8-hour day - 1937
The U.S. unemployment rate drops to a 30-year low of 3.9 percent; the rate for blacks and Hispanics is the lowest ever since the government started tracking such data - 2000

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Maeil Business Newspaper Production GOSS Newsliner





Maeil Business Newspaper production in South Korea GOSS Newsliner

Obama honors journalists who have fought powerful forces

Obama honors journalists who have fought powerful forces

Today in Labor History

Chicago's first Trades Assembly, formed three years earlier, sponsors a general strike by thousands of workers to enforce the state's new 8-hour-day law. The one-week strike was unsuccessful - 18672015.04.27 history trevellick
Birth of Richard Trevellick, a ship carpenter, founder of American National Labor Union and later head of the National Labor Congress, America’s first national labor organization - 1830
First Workers’ Compensation law in U.S. enacted, in Wisconsin - 1911
President Herbert Hoover declares that the stock market crash six months earlier was just a "temporary setback" and the economy would soon bounce back. In fact, the Great Depression was to continue and worsen for several more years - 1930
German police units occupied all trade unions headquarters in the country, arresting union officials and leaders. Their treasuries were confiscated and the unions abolished. Hitler announced that the German Labour Front, headed by his appointee, would replace all unions and look after the working class - 1933
A fire at the Sunshine silver mine in Kellogg, Idaho, caused the death of 91 workers who died from carbon monoxide poisoning, likely caused by toxic fumes emitted by burning polyurethane foam, used as a fire retardant - 1972


Stamp Out Hunger food drive next Saturday May 9th, 2015


Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 22 years.
Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.
The United States Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, United Way, Valassis and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.
With 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 16 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.

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Why “Louie, Louie” should be an anthem for journalists

Why “Louie, Louie” should be an anthem for journalists

Friday, May 01, 2015

Freedom News Group reintroduces Spanish-language La Prensa and Excélsior newspapers

SANTA ANA and RIVERSIDE, CALIF. – May 1, 2015 – To actively engage and better serve the 3.3 million Latinos that live and work in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties, Freedom News Group is reintroducing its weekly Spanish-language UNIDOS newspaper as two distinctly local editions – La Prensa and Excélsior – starting today. 

La Prensa, founded in 1999, concentrates on news and information specific to Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Excelsior, founded in 1992, focuses on Orange County. The two newspapers had previously been combined and renamed as UNIDOS in March 2014.

Both newspapers also cover topics of general interest to the Latino community, and are closely integrated with Freedom News Group’s daily newspapers, The Press-Enterprise and The Orange County Register.

Additionally, the newspapers will also launch local websites on ocexcelsior.com and laprensaca.com websites this summer, leveraging a mobile-friendly platform that delivers market-specific content and location-based advertising.

Total Friday circulation for the two newspapers is 170,000. La Prensa distributes 95,000 copies in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and the eastern tip of Los Angeles County. Excélsior distributes 75,000 copies in Orange County.

The evolution is a direct result of feedback from readers and advertisers, who had developed strong affinities and recognition for the newspapers under their original names, said Orlando Ramirez, Publisher of La Prensa and Excélsior.

“Together La Prensa and Excélsior have a combined history of nearly 40 years, and have played important roles in the Latino community,” Ramirez said. “By re-launching these brands, we honor our history and renew our commitment to the growing Latino markets in the Inland Empire and Orange County.”

Ramirez, a 33-year journalism veteran in Southern California, will be hosting Meet the Publisher events with Latino leaders at the newspapers’ offices to explain how they can be more actively involved and engaged with their local newspapers.

Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are among the most desirable in the nation for reaching Hispanics with expendable income and buying power. When combined, the three counties rank as the second largest Latino community in the nation based on population.

Section-specific, run-of-paper and insert advertising is available in both newspapers. Insert ads may be targeted to north and south zones in Orange County, or one of six geographic zones to reach Riverside or San Bernardino counties.

Both papers are distributed across nearly 3,000 rack and retail locations. Distribution is audited, and focuses on Hispanic-dominant communities and locations where multigenerational Hispanics live, work, shop and play. They include Latino grocers, family and children’s clothing stores, restaurants, coffee shops, toy stores, electronics retailers, beauty salons and entertainment venues.

Each award-winning newspaper contains the following three sections:

•Noticias: Spotlights news, business developments and newsmakers on a local, regional, national and international level – with a special focus on Latin America where readers have deep roots and family connections;

•Deportes: From the Mexican and European leagues soccer, as well as MLS soccer to upcoming boxing matches, MLB, NBA and NFL, Deportes covers the the major league teams as well as local fútbol club leagues triumphing on the neighborhood fields.

•NEXT: The section appeals to bilingual and multigenerational Hispanics who love all things entertainment – celebrity news, movie and music event listings and reviews, a gossip column, nightlife, fashion, trending topics on Twitter, top 10 lists and crossword puzzles. A robust list of events will also be included in the section, to offer suggestions on things to do and places to go throughout the weekend and coming week.

About Freedom News Group 

Freedom News Group is part of Freedom Communications, a privately owned company headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif. The Freedom News Group portfolio includes two daily newspapers: The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. and the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. Freedom News Group also publishes community newspapers that serve specific cities, audiences and geographic areas. The company's portfolio also includes highly designed glossy magazines such as Coast, OC Register Family and Southland Golf, a custom publishing unit, news and entertainment websites, and mobile applications. For media inquiries, contact Eric Morgan at 714-796-2460 or emorgan@freedom.com.

Today in Labor History

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones born in County Cork, Ireland - 1830
(The Autobiography of Mother Jones: Mary Harris Jones—“Mother Jones”—was the most dynamic woman ever to grace the American labor movement. Employers and politicians around the turn of the century called her “the most dangerous woman in America” and rebellious working men and women loved her as they never loved anyone else.)
Cigar makers in Cincinnati warn there could be a strike in the fall if factory owners continue to insist that they pay 30¢ per month for gas heat provided at work during mornings and evenings - 1883
Eight-hour day demonstration in Chicago and other cities begins tradition of May Day as international labor holiday - 1886
The Cooks’ and Waiters’ Union strikes in San Francisco, demanding one day of rest per week, a 10-hour work day and a union shop for all restaurants in the city - 1901
Mother Jones’ 100th birthday celebrated at the Burgess Farm in Adelphi, Md. She died six months later - 19302015.04.27 history empire state
New York City’s Empire State Building officially opens. Construction involved 3,400 workers, mostly immigrants from Europe, and hundreds of Mohawk iron workers. Five workers died during construction - 1931
Congress enacts amendments to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, extending protections to the employees of state and local governments—protections which didn’t take effect until 1985 because of court challenges and regulation-writing problems - 1974
The federal minimum wage rises to $2 per hour - 1974
Int’l Molders & Allied Workers Union merges with Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Int’l Union - 1988
Woodworkers of America Int’l merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1994
Int’l Leather Goods, Plastics & Novelty Workers Union merges with Service Employees Int’l Union - 1996
Rallies in cities across the U.S. for what organizers call “A Day Without Immigrants.” An estimated 100,000 immigrants and sympathizers gathered in San Jose, Calif., 200,000 in New York, 400,000 each in Chicago and Los Angeles. In all, there were demonstrations in at least 50 cities - 2006
2015.04.27 history mobilizing(Mobilizing Against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism: Are immigrant workers themselves responsible for low wages and shoddy working conditions? Should unions expend valuable time and energy organizing undocumented workers? Unions in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States have taken various approaches to confront the challenges of this significant segment of the workforce. As U.S. immigration policy is debated, readers will gain insight into how all workers benefit when wages and working conditions for immigrant workers are improved.)

Here’s how 10 news home pages showed the homicide ruling for Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore

Here’s how 10 news home pages showed the homicide ruling for Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore

Tribune Publishing Stock Struggling


With the pending financial report due next Wednesday the stock for Tribune Publishing has been inching downwards the last five days.

Tribune Media Company Announces Completion of Secondary Offering of Class A Common Stock by Selling Stockholders

NEW YORKApril 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Tribune Media Company (NYSE:TRCO) (the "Company") announced today the completion of the secondary offering of 9,240,073 shares of Class A common stock by stockholders affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. at a public offering price of $56.00 per share. The selling stockholders have granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to 1,386,010 additional shares of Class A common stock. The Company did not receive any proceeds from the secondary offering. The secondary offering was made only by means of a prospectus.

The offering was made through an underwriting group led by Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, who acted as joint book-running managers and as representatives of the underwriters for the offering.  Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Deutsche Bank Securities also acted as joint book-running managers, and BofA Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Evercore ISI and Guggenheim Securities acted as co-managers.
Copies of the prospectus may be obtained from:

  • Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014; and

  • J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, Attention: Prospectus Department, 1155 Long Island Ave., Edgewood, NY 11717, (866) 803-9204 FREE.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with, and declared effective by, the SEC. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these shares in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful, prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state.

Tribune Media Company (NYSE:TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting's 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching over 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, available in approximately 73 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world's leading sources of TV and music metadata powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices.  Tribune Media also includes Chicago's WGN-AM, the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds other strategic investments in media. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward-looking statements," including with respect to the secondary offering, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond our control. We caution you that the forward-looking information presented in this press release is not a guarantee of future events, and that actual events may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking information contained in this press release. In addition, forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "plan," "seek," "comfortable with," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe" or "continue" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Any forward-looking information presented herein is made only as of the date of this press release, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

Today in Media History: In 2011, Twitter broke the news of Osama bin Laden’s death

Today in Media History: In 2011, Twitter broke the news of Osama bin Laden’s death

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere





The State of the News Media 2015 - Nieman Lab

Global press freedom is in bad shape - Business Insider

Warning Tribune Media Co Pesimists! - OCTA Finance

Pew report portends digital slog for newspapers - Poynter

20 Problems Journalists Deal with on Daily Basis - News Castic

The New York Times Company posted a $14 million net loss - N.Y. Times

“It’s culture first, audience second and revenue third,” - Editor and Publisher

Pew: Print media is dying, digital readers just 'flybys' - Washington Examiner

Statesman to shutter Austin printing operation; workers face layoffs - Biz Journal

Newspaper Guild members vote 407-105 to become News Guild of N. Y. - Romenesko


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Today in Media History: Wall Street Journal launched its first full online site in 1996

Today in Media History: Wall Street Journal launched its first full online site in 1996

Today in Labor History

Coxey’s Army of 500 unemployed civil war veterans reaches Washington, D.C. - 18942015.04.27 history bunker.hill
An estimated one thousand silver miners, angry over low wages, the firing of union members and the planting of spies in their ranks by mine owners, seize a train, load it with 3,000 pounds of dynamite, and blow up the mill at the Bunker Hill mine in Wardner, Idaho - 1899
The special representative of the National War Labor Board issues a report, “Retroactive Date for Women’s Pay Adjustments,” setting forth provisions for wage rates for women working in war industries who were asking for equal pay. Women a year earlier had demanded equal pay for comparable work as that done by men – 1943

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

State of the News Media 2015 — A new ranking of digital sites

State of the News Media 2015 — A new ranking of digital sites

This book by ex-newspaper exec needed no ghost writer - LA Observed

This book by ex-newspaper exec needed no ghost writer - LA Observed

Minneapolis Star-Tribune & Newspaper Publishing: "Good Neighbors" 1944



The Boston Globe to The Baltimore Sun: ‘You’re really doing extraordinary work.’

The Boston Globe to The Baltimore Sun: ‘You’re really doing extraordinary work.’

Newspaper digital audience springs forward to 176 million

Newspaper digital audience springs forward to 176 million

BY JIM CONAGHAN, NAA VICE PRESIDENT OF RESEARCH & INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

Key Facts

The digital audience engaged with newspaper content reached a new peak in March 2015, totaling 176 million adult unique visitors. The count is a 10% increase from the 161 million unique visitors measured by comScore in March 2014.
The latest data also revealed:
— Those who use only mobile devices, rather than desktop or laptops, to consume newspaper digital content increased 53% in March 2015 from the same month a year ago, to 71 million adult unique visitors.
— Newspaper digital content net reach was highest for women age 25-34 and 35-44, at 92% for both groups.
— The newspaper digital audience was slightly younger than the overall Internet audience, with 56% of the unique visitors for newspaper digital under the age of 45 compared to 53% of the total Internet audience.

Obama calls out media for coverage of Baltimore

Obama calls out media for coverage of Baltimore

LA Times hires in China and on the West beat - LA Observed

LA Times hires in China and on the West beat - LA Observed

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere





Toledo Free Press folds after 10 years - Romenesko

The importance of newspapers - Russellville Courier

Wall Street Journal's digital revamp - Editors Weblog

Siri can read Tribune on Apple Watch - Robert Feder

New Russian media ownership law - Russia Beyond the Headlines

Google Announces Partnership With Newspapers In Europe - NPR

Production: The Power of Print Still Prevails - Editor and Publisher

Journalists Facing Biggest Threats in Recent Times - The New York Times

Major interest in digital and offset print app's from Heidelberg - World Press Online

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results - Yahoo Finance

Today in Media History: News apps were still years away when iTunes opened in 2003

Today in Media History: News apps were still years away when iTunes opened in 2003

Cathleen Decker named California politics columnist for LA Times - LA Observed

Cathleen Decker named California politics columnist for LA Times - LA Observed

The Boston Globe is sending lunch to The Baltimore Sun today

The Boston Globe is sending lunch to The Baltimore Sun today

Today in Labor History

Coal mine collapses at Eccles, W.Va., killing 181 workers - 1914
A total of 119 die in Benwood, W.Va., coal mine disaster - 1924
United Wallpaper Craftsmen & Workers of North America merges with Pulp, Sulfite & Paper Mill Workers - 1958
American Federation of Hosiery Workers merges with Textile Workers Union of America - 1965
Congress creates OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The AFL-CIO sets April 28 as “Workers Memorial Day” to honor the hundreds of thousands of workers killed and injured on the job every year - 1970
First “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” promoted by the Ms. Foundation, to boost self-esteem of girls with invitations to a parent’s workplace - 1993
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First strike for 10-hour day, by Boston carpenters - 1825
James Oppenheim’s poem “Bread and Roses” published in IWW newspaper Industrial Solidarity - 19112015.04.27 history rebel.voices
(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.)
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450: Security Requirements for Government Employment. The order listed “sexual perversion” as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants - 1953
2015.04.27 history willow islandA cooling tower for a power plant under construction in Willow Island, West Virginia collapses, killing 51 construction workers in what is thought to be the largest construction accident in U.S. history. OSHA cited contractors for 20 violations, including failures to field test concrete. The cases were settled for $85,000—about $1,700 per worker killed - 1978