Friday, May 26, 2017

Medium now offers audio versions of its stories to members

Medium now offers audio versions of its stories to members: Though there is skepticism about Mediums new plans, features such as this allow for a larger community for their stories, as well as severely helping those who might be vision impaired.

Tribune Media-owned KTLA is the top station in the Los Angeles

The Washington Post has found a balance in monetizing Breaking News

The Washington Post has found a balance in monetizing Breaking News: In a piece by the New York Times James B. Stewart outlines what made him subscribe to the Posts new format.

Today in Labor History

May 26  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Men and women weavers in Pawtucket, R.I., stage nation's first "co-ed" strike - 1824
Western Federation of Miners members strike for 8-hour day, Cripple Creek, Colo. - 1894
Actors’ Equity Assn. is founded by 112 actors at a meeting in New York City’s Pabst Grand Circle Hotel.  Producer George M. Cohan responds: “I will drive an elevator for a living before I will do business with any actors’ union.”  Later a sign will appear in Times Square reading: “Elevator operator wanted.  George M. Cohan need not apply" - 1913
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IWW Marine Transport Workers strike, Philadelphia - 1920
Some 100,000 steel workers and miners in mines owned by steel companies strike in seven states.  The Memorial Day Massacre, in which ten strikers were killed by police at Republic Steel in Chicago, took place four days later, on May 30 - 1937
Ford Motor Co. security guards attack union organizers and supporters attempting to distribute literature outside the plant in Dearborn, Mich., in an event that was to become known as the “Battle of the Overpass.” The guards tried to destroy any photos showing the attack, but some survived—and inspired the Pulitzer committee to establish a prize for photography – 1937

Reuters launches Reuters Connect

Reuters launches Reuters Connect: The new service available via subscription, allows for users to access not only content from Reuters but their partnered publications as well. The system will be run a on a points-based scale with quarterly allocations, though the option for “unlimited content consumption” is available.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Typos are the hilarious bane of newspapers - Sumter Item

Americans don’t really like the media much - Nieman Lab

What keeps editors and publishers up at night? We asked. - Poynter

Help us track job losses in local newsrooms - Columbia Journalism Review

Philadelphia police to move into newspapers' old building - The Mercury News

To update its breaking news strategy online, CNN takes cues from TV - DigiDay

Facebook is going to show you news that you normally avoid - The Washington Post

Industry Insight: How Story Comments Can Help Grow Subscriptions - Editor and Publisher

3 Montana newspapers rescind Gianforte endorsements after body-slamming incident - Politico

Montana TV Station Won’t Air Recording Of GOP Candidate’s Attack On Journalist - Huffpost

Thursday, May 25, 2017

WAN-IFRA, News Media Alliance announce conference, awards

WAN-IFRA, News Media Alliance announce conference, awards: Reuters will host the event at its Thomson Reuters Building.

Watch this video tribute to The Boston Globe’s newspaper printing presses

The Press-room, the unmistakable smell of ink, the loud noise, the plate cuts, ink in places only your mother has ever seen when you were a baby, the danger, yes danger that kept you on your toes so you wouldn't lose a finger, an arm, or your life. The satisfaction of creating a quality newspaper is an accomplishment that only a person that works or worked in a Newspaper Press-room understands and strives for.

Newspapers have survived the invention of radio and television but the internet has had the most damaging effect on subscriptions and circulation. Newspapers, I believe, will continue to exist but, in my opinion, not to the betterment of society or as a historical record, instead, newspapers have evolved and are mainly used to manipulate and mold the minds of their readers to the benefit of their corporate owners and shareholders. 

Now we have arrived at the reason so many newspapers have closed their doors, or as in the Boston Globes case, and others, subcontract & relocate the work to maintain or increase profits. This type of "restructuring" saves the newspaper temporarily by subcontracting the printing process in order to maintain exuberant salaries for upper management, supervision and dividends for stockholders.

I would have loved to have worked with you, my Bostonian Brothers & Sisters, you Strong Union minded men and women, United to the end! God Bless you all and your families.
In Solidarity, for Eternity!
Ronnie Pineda
Former President,
GCC/IBT Local 140-N
Los Angeles

Druck Styria places large order with manroland

Druck Styria places large order with manroland: The order amounts to around 16 million euros (some $17.9 million).

Today in Labor History

May 25  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Striking shoemakers in Philadelphia are arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy for violating an English common law that bars schemes aimed at forcing wage increases. The strike was broken - 1805
Philip Murray is 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 non-union coal miners are blown up and destroyed during a strike against the Glendale Gas & Coal Co. in Wheeling, W. Va. - 1925
Thousands of unemployed WWI veterans arrive in Washington, D.C., to demand early payment of a bonus they had been told they would get, but not until 1945. They built a shantytown near the U.S. Capitol but were burned out by U.S. troops after two months - 1932
The notorious 11-month Remington Rand strike begins. The strike spawned the "Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) 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 AFL-CIO begins what is 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

Druckhaus Wittich gets upgrades from QIPC

Druckhaus Wittich gets upgrades from QIPC: The two companies have worked together before, as Druckhaus owns other presses fitted with QIPC automation systems. In the current upgrade, one press will get a replacement to its existing QIPC system and another will change over to QIPC.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Newspapers are not dying, their readers are

Why News Organizations Can't Go It Alone - The Atlantic

Why The Atlantic is shifting its focus to YouTube - DigiDay

We're counting on Tribune's publisher to save Chicago journalism - Crain's

Boomer-friendly Me-TV FM to roll out in national syndication - Robert Feder

The gulf between the press and what TV news most Americans watch - Poynter

Fox News team witnesses GOP House candidate 'body slam' reporter - Fox News

Is the quest for profits and clicks killing local news? - Columbia Journalism Review

Newspapers Learn to Get Creative to Attract the Online Reader - Editor and Publisher

After Montana body-slamming incident, pizzeria wants to feed some journalists - Poynter

Brodsky and Smith, Announces an Investigation of Tribune Media Company - PR Newswire

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Grupo Nacion launches app with PageSuite

Grupo Nacion launches app with PageSuite: This allows readers to engage with Grupo Nacion’s newspapers and magazines in one spot.

A behind-the-scenes glimpse into how this newspaper gets made

Reporter Hannah Sung and videographer Patrick Dell take you inside a Vaughan, Ontario printing plant to see the Globe and Mail go to press. State-of-the-art technology enables the Globe and Mail to print and combine both glossy and newsprint pages, a unique achievement in North America

Harland Simon launches slimmer press control desk

Harland Simon launches slimmer press control desk: The P7000 control console retains many features of the company’s established P6000 desk. It allows operators to control all aspects on single- or double-width presses, but is slimmer and without controls the company says were rarely used. Lower cost is also a result of smart engineering techniques and off-the-shelf components, according to the company.

Today in Labor History

May 24  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opens. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world” - 1883

Some 2,300 members of the United Rubber Workers, on strike for 10 months against five Bridgestone-Firestone plants, agree to return to work without a contract. They had been fighting demands for 12-hour shifts and wage increases tied to productivity gains - 1995

Thomas Hardie, Star Tribune VP of production, dies at 69

Thomas Hardie, Star Tribune VP of production, dies at 69: Hardie was born in Milaca, Minnesota, and graduated from Minneapolis Central High School in 1965. He joined the U.S. Army stationed in Hawaii and married his high school sweetheart, Barbara, in 1968. Hardie started at the Star Tribune as a plate boy and went on to become a journeyman pressman. He climbed the ladder to become production superintendent, then director of printing operations just when the Minnesota Twins won the World Series in 1991, having to print a massive amount of color faster than ever. “Our people really rose to the occasion,” he said of the workers on that job. Hardie was promoted to vice president in 1996.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Our dog Kila watching for a handout of food

Will print be able to bear the burden? - Best Media Info

How Pop-Up Magazine gets sponsors to do live ads - DigiDay

Jeff Bezos gives $1 million gift to support press freedom - Poynter

Tracking the Numbers on Shares of Tronc Inc - Wall Street Review

How The Irish Times connects with readers abroad - Journalism UK

Trump is single-handedly saving the news industry - Marketing Week

Alligator to scale back circulation, shift focus online - Gainesville Sun

Analysts Upgrade/Downgrade Activity of Tribune Media Company - Facts Reporter

Unions Worry Sinclair Will Slant Tribune Media To Far Right - The National Memo

Websites of Al Jazeera, Qatari newspapers blocked in Saudi Arabia and UAE - Alarabiya

Politico: NYT appeals to quitters who left after conservative columnist hired

Politico: NYT appeals to quitters who left after conservative columnist hired: “Our customer care team shared with me that your reason for unsubscribing from The New York Times included our decision to hire Bret Stephens as an Opinion columnist. I wanted to provide a bit more context,” the email says, according to Politico.

The Associated Press was formed

In 1846, the Associated Press was formed in New York City. It was born out of the collective desire of five New York City newspapers to be the first to spread the news of the Mexican-American War northward. Together, they pooled their money to fund a pony express route through Alabama that would beat the U.S. Post Office to the punch.

Since their founding 171 years ago, the AP has broken the news on moments like the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the death of Pope John Paul. The organization publishes 2,000 stories a day, and 1 million photos per year — all of which are reprinted by its 1,400 member news organizations across the world. The AP currently operates in over 100 countries.

The AP has won a total of 52 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and photography, many of which were for documentation of the Vietnam War. Most recently, AP received the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2016 for its investigation of slave labor in the Southeast Asian fishing industry, which clued American consumers into the widely available supermarket brands that were perpetuating slavery. Around 2,000 slaves were freed as a result of the reporting.

USA Today releasing season 2 of 360 ‘VRtually There’

USA Today releasing season 2 of 360 ‘VRtually There’: In season two, new segments will be rolled out each Tuesday.

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Mindanao Security Situation

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that there is an ongoing conflict between terrorist groups and Philippine Security Forces in Marawi City, Mindanao.  Media reports suggest that there are multiple dead and injured.  On May 23, 2017, the Philippine government declared martial law throughout the Mindanao region for 60 days.  The Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been placed on high alert. 
The U.S. Embassy has temporarily suspended Mission personnel travel to Mindanao pending a better understanding of the threat environment.  While the U.S. Embassy has no information that the events in Marawi City represent a direct threat to U.S. citizens or U.S. interests in the Philippines, we encourage U.S. citizens to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times.
 The U.S. Embassy wishes to remind U.S. citizens of the most recent Worldwide Caution, dated March 6, 2017, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines.  Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems–including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses and popular restaurants have also been targets.  U.S. citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines‎.
For further information about security in the Philippines:
  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 301-2000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Denver Post moving news, ad staff out of downtown

Denver Post moving news, ad staff out of downtown: The Denver Post is moving its news and advertising staff out of downtown Denver to Adams County, where the paper’s printing facility is, Westword reported.

Today in Labor History

May 23  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, strike in the Philadelphia area. Among the issues: 60-hour workweeks, including night hours, for the children - 1903
The Battle of Toledo begins today: a five-day running battle between roughly 6,000 strikers at the Electric Auto-Lite company of Toledo, Ohio, and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard. Two strikers died and more than 200 were injured. The battle began in the sixth week of what ultimately became a successful two-month fight for union recognition and higher pay. One guardsman told a Toledo Blade reporter: "Our high school graduation is... tonight and we were supposed to be getting our diplomas” – 1934

U.S. railroad strike starts, later crushed when President Truman threatens to draft strikers - 1946
The Granite Cutters Int’l Association of America merges with Tile, Marble, Terrazzo, Finishers & Shopmen, which five years later merged into the Carpenters - 1983

Moody's withdraws ratings of Black Press

Moody's withdraws ratings of Black Press: Moody's has withdrawn the ratings for its own business reasons, according to a statement from Moody’s. Information on Moody's Investors Service's Policy for Withdrawal of Credit Ratings is available at

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California 

Who’s really driving traffic to articles? - Nieman Lab

There are times journalists should become the story - CJR

Can Linda Henry Save the Boston Globe? - Boston Magazine

Stop waiting for your newsroom culture to change itself - Poynter

ProPublica Illinois hires Tribune investigative reporters - Robert Feder

Nick Thompson is shaking things up at the iconic magazine - Ad Week

National newspapers caught up in spread of false information online - Press Gazette

Social media beats off TV and newspapers as most relevant source of news - The Drum

Boston Globe-backed health news startup Stat is cracking the vertical media model - DigiDay

Scribd adds newspapers to its subscription service, including the NYT, FT, and WSJ - Venture

Monday, May 22, 2017

Local advertising in California forecast at $18.5 billion

Local advertising in California forecast at $18.5 billion: The key vertical markets of retail, automotive and general services (which includes services such as legal work) will together spend nearly $8 billion divided between traditional media and online/digital, with mobile advertising seeing the most growth. The fastest-growing vertical ad category in California is real estate, projected to grow by 29 percent through 2021.

Today in Labor History

May 22  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Eugene V. Debs imprisoned in Woodstock, Ill., for role in Pullman strike - 1895
(The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs: Eugene V. Debs was a labor activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who captured the heart and soul of the nation’s working people. He was brilliant, sincere, compassionate and scrupulously honest. A founder of one of the nation’s first industrial unions, the American Railway Union, he went on to help launch the Industrial Workers of the World -- the Wobblies. A man of firm beliefs and dedication, he ran for President of the United States five times under the banner of the Socialist Party, in 1912 earning 6 percent of the popular vote.)
While white locomotive firemen on the Georgia Railroad strike, Blacks who are hired as replacements are whipped and stoned—not by the union men, but by white citizens outraged that Blacks are being hired over Whites.  The Engineers union threatens to stop work because their members are being affected by the violence - 1909
Civil Service Retirement Act of 1920 gives federal workers a pension - 1920
President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the goals of his Great Society social reforms: to bring “an end to poverty and racial injustice” in America - 1964

Gannett taps Harland Simon for Courier-Journal upgrade

Gannett taps Harland Simon for Courier-Journal upgrade: The system allows for the maintenance of an inventory of newspaper rolls, and the upgrade will ensure rolls can be delivered to the reel pans in a timely manner.

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Saturday we volunteered to sell beer for a local charity at the U2 concert held at the Rose Bowl

Still Innovating, 160 Years On - The Atlantic

The 2 Best Dividend Stocks in Newspapers - Madison

Read all about it: the joy of newspapers - The Guardian

Afghan Magazine, a Sisterhood of Ideas - The New York Times

Facebook is testing products to connect its users to local news - Poynter

Can the Reader survive a second helping of Michael Ferro? - Chicago Reader

Where have all the black digital publishers gone? - Columbia Journalism Review

Washington Post, Breaking News, Is Also Breaking New Ground - The NY Times

Production: A Roadmap to Developing Skilled Press Operators - Editor and Publisher

Better Newspapers Contest winners announced - California News Publishers Association

Saturday, May 20, 2017

PressReader and Bell Mobility partner up

PressReader and Bell Mobility partner up: For $10 (Canadian dollars) a month, customers of wireless provider Bell Mobility can add PressReader access to their monthly mobile account.

Today in Labor History

May 20  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Railway Labor Act takes effect today. It is the first federal legislation protecting workers’ rights to form unions - 1926
Some 9,000 rubber workers strike in Akron, Ohio - 1933

Friday, May 19, 2017

Swirl, AccuWeather combine weather, in-store marketing

Swirl, AccuWeather combine weather, in-store marketing: Retail marketers using the Swirl platform can now use AccuWeather’s data to customize in-store experiences based on a shopper's local weather conditions and precise in-store location.

Today in Labor History

May 19 - Union Communications Services, Inc.

Two hundred sixteen miners die from an explosion and its aftermath at the Fraterville Mine in Anderson County, Tenn.  All but three of Fraterville’s adult males were killed.  The mine had a reputation for fair contracts and pay—miners were represented by the United Mine Workers—and was considered safe; methane may have leaked in from a nearby mine - 1902
Shootout in Matewan, W. Va., between striking union miners (led by Police Chief Sid Hatfield) and coal company agents. Ten died, including seven agents - 1920
(Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films About Labor: The conflict in W. Va. is the subject of the terrific film, Matewan, one of many movies included in this encyclopedic guide to 350 labor films from around the world, ranging from those you’ve heard of—Salt of the Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Roger & Me—to those you’ve never heard of but will fall in love with once you see them.)
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, formed by the Congress of Industrial Organizations, formally becomes the United Steelworkers of America - 1942
A total of 31 dockworkers are killed, 350 workers and others are injured when four barges carrying 467 tons of ammunition blow up at South Amboy, N.J. They were loading mines that had been deemed unsafe by the Army and were being shipped to the Asian market for sale - 1950

Paddock buys Illinois papers

Paddock buys Illinois papers: Illinois-based Paddock Publications has purchased three newspapers in southern Illinois, the company announced.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Stamp Out Hunger 2017 was a complete success

Trends in Newsrooms 3: New life for kid’s editions - Editors Weblog

Teen journalist: Print newspapers more 'rich' with information - Madison

Subway Commuters Unfazed By Blood-Soaked Newspapers - Gothamist

This tool tells you when sources try to make quiet changes online - Poynter

What do shareholders really gain if Tribune scoops up the Sun-Times? - Crain's