Monday, July 16, 2018

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Evvnt gets investment from U.S. newspaper groups

London-based eventsmarketing automation platform Evvnt has entered into an agreement for a $450,000 investment from three U.S. newspaper groups, TBC Media, Trib Total Media and the Sun Coast Media Group.
“Trib Total Media is excited to partner with Evvnt as both a business partner and investor. We believe the integrated solution to event marketing will help take our business and that of our clients to a whole new level,” said Jennifer Bertetto, president and CEO of Trib Total Media, based in Pittsburgh.
The $450,000 investment will support Evvnt in its mission to enter the U.S. events listing market.
Publisher partnerships are already in place with groups including Hearst, ITP Publishing, TimeOut, Morris Communications and, while strategic product integrations include Eventbrite, Ticketmaster, Universe, Spokenlayer, Bandsintown and Yext, the company says.

“The moment we started working with news and media companies in the U.S., it was essential to build close relationships and to have three leading U.S. news organizations invest in our business, use our services including events calendars, premium products, CMS tools as well as becoming resellers and also using the service on their in-house events is very exciting,” said Richard Green, CEO of Evvnt. 

Today in Labor History

Labor History July 16th
San Francisco General Strike
Carlo Tresca and other Industrial Workers of the World ( IWW) strike leaders were arrested on charges of inciting the murder of a deputy. This was during a strike of 30,000 iron-ore mine workers of the Mesabi range in northern Minnesota. – 1916
Ten thousand workers went on strike at Chicago’s International Harvester operations. – 1919
Martial law was declared in a strike by longshoremen in Galveston, Texas. – 1920
The San Francisco General Strike began. The longshoremen’s strike actually started on May 9 and lasted 83 days, leading ultimately to the unionization of all West Coast ports. The strike grew violent quickly, with company goons and police brutalizing longshoremen and sailors. They hired private security to protect the scabs they brought in to load and unload ships, housing them in moored ships and wall compounds that the strikers attacked. In San Pedro, two workers were killed by private security on May 15. Battles also broke out in Oakland, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. On July 5, police attacked strikers with tear gas and with clubs in San Francisco while on horseback and later fired into the crowd, killing two and injuring others. A General Strike was called on July 14 and began on July 16, lasting 4 days. – 1934

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Benefit concert for the family of fallen Pomona police officer Greggory Casillas

2896 Metropolitan Place in North Pomona, CA.
This Saturday (07-14-2018) we will be hosting a benefit concert for the family of fallen Pomona police officer Greggory Casillas. As a local family brewery, we dedicate ourselves to supporting our community and the men and women who protect it daily. Come out and join us for a day filled with music, games, great food & freshly crafted beer. See you out on the patio!
Food will be served by Mesquite BBQ, Fire Fresh Pizza & 3941 Tamales. Musicians such as Tracy G & Michael B, Just Pretending band, and Audio Vault will perform throughout the event.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Newscycle Solutions acquires software provider Infomaker

Newscycle Solutions has acquired Infomaker, a Swedish software company that provides open, cloud-based publishing platforms for content creation, editing, asset management, omni-channel delivery and presentation.
The transaction closed on July 3. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Infomaker provides digital tools for content creation, planning and production across the Nordic region with seven of the ten largest media houses operating Infomaker software.
In 2012, Infomaker expanded its focus to become digital-first, delivering to the market solutions for digital presentation, decoupled content management, and create-once-publish-anywhere workflows. Hosted in the Amazon Cloud, the Infomaker content repository and platform are hosted in the Amazon Cloud.
“Infomaker has created an innovative, best-in-class digital publishing platform that leverages modern day digital development practices,” said Denise Warren, Newscycle board member. “Newscycle’s customers will greatly benefit from the integration of this product and these practices into its portfolio.”
“With the combined support and expertise Newscycle and Infomaker bring to the market, we believe we can achieve our ultimate goal of developing the ‘media platform for everything’ where any kind of publishing activity is supported, regardless of the size of the business, industry or geographical presence,” said Karin Soderlund, Infomaker CEO.
Bloomington, Minnesota-based Newscycle Newscycle is a provider of software and services with over 10,000 news media, broadcast, magazine, financial services and corporate clients.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

The farewell party at Times Mirror Square went well last night 
with over seven hundred in attendance.

Stop job-killing tax on newspapers - The Tennessean

Tribune backs ex-reporter fired by Washington Post - Robert Feder

Facebook Proves It Isn't Ready To Handle Fake News - Buzzfeed News

Russian troll farm created fake city newspaper Twitter accounts - Fox News

Local newspapers help taxpayers as watchdogs on government - MyStatesman

Newsprint tariffs impact newspaper business, including Catholic press - The Dialog

Publisher's Perspective: Changes to Tahoe Tribune publishing days - Tahoe Daily Tribune

NEW Hard Times for Newspapers as Publishers Fight to Maintain Local Service - VOCM

How much is your newspaper worth? The answer could be nothing (or close to it) - Poynter

A small-town paper is figuring out digital advertising — and they’re doing it live - Nieman Lab

EU rejects draft copyright legislation; publisher groups object

The European Union has voted against legislation aimed at reforming online copyright. The July 5 vote in the European Parliament saw 318 members voting against the draft law and 278 in favor.
Articles 11 and 13 of the draft Copyright Directive have gotten the most attention. Article 11 would have compelled platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay news organizations to link to their content. Article 13 called for a “upload filter” that would force a copyright check on all content to be posted online.
A joint statement from the European Newspapers Publishers’ Association, European Magazine Media Association, European Publishers Council and News Media Europedubbed the legislation “crucial” and said European Parliament members were “succumbing to an intense lobby of manipulative anti-copyright campaigners, U.S. internet giants and vested interests who benefit from stealing and monetizing publishers’ valuable content.”
MEPs will now be asked to make changes to the draft and the amended draft will be presented in September for the full parliament to vote on again.
“MEPs asked to reconsider the proposal need to think about the impact their next decision will have on our free press and on the future of professional journalism — and what message they want to communicate to the world about democracy and fairness in Europe,” said the joint statement from the publisher group.

Today in Labor History

Labor History July 13th
Detroit Newspaper workers on strike
Martial law was declared in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, with National Guards and federal troops coming to “restore order” after the dynamiting at the Frisco mine on July 11. – 1892
600 Pressed Steel Car employees went out on strike, supported and encouraged by the IWW. Company President Frank N. Hoffstat immediately fired those who had walked out and hired replacement workers. The next day, IWW representatives led thousands of immigrant workers out in support of the strike, initiating a two-month-long work action that was punctuated by numerous violent clashes. – 1909
The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union organized in Tyronza, Arkansas. The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union was one of only a few unions in the 1930s that was open to all races. Promoting not only nonviolent protest for their fair share of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration money, they also promoted the idea that blacks and whites could work efficiently together. Because these ideas were highly controversial at the time, the Farmers’ Union met with harsh resistance from the landowners and local public officials. The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union leaders were often harassed and ignored. – 1934
Newspaper workers struck against The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. Hundreds of workers were locked out in the strike. – 1995

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Estonia’s Printall deepens partnership with QIPC

Estonia-based printing concern Printall AS is set to intensify its collaboration with Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), the Dutch specialist in measurement and control systems for the printing industry. The Koenig & Bauer Compacta heatset printing press in its Tallinn plant is to be equipped with a new automation system supplied by QIPC.
Cooperation between Printall AS and QIPC is not new: in 2003 a system for cut-off control was installed on a Koenig & Bauer Continent press in Estonia.
“Our relationship with both Printall AS and Koenig & Bauer is very good,” said Erwin van Rossem, head of sales at QIPC. “In fact, Koenig & Bauer recommended our automation solution to Printall AS.” 
The Koenig & Bauer Compacta is being fitted with the mRC-3D and IDS-3D system for register, cut-off and color control.
In total, five motorized mRC-3D cameras and two IDS-3D cameras are being installed in Tallinn. In addition, Printall AS also needs a smaller color bar than normal. For that reason, QIPC is supplying a 2-mm high color bar with an integrated register mark. “Our expectation is that from 1,000 to 1,200 revolutions on start-up, we can get to 1,000,” said Erwin van Rossem. “What's more, we can look forward to 15 percent savings in waste.”   
Printall AS, founded in 1971, is one of the largest printing companies in the Baltic states. The plant in Tallinn produces all kinds of printed matter, from newspapers to brochures.

Interview with new LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong

Billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong officially takes control of the<em> Los Angeles Times</em> and <em>The San Diego Union-Tribune</em> as soon as Monday, sources familiar with the deal tell NPR.
Photo credit EVAN VUCCI/AP

The historic sale of the Los Angeles Times to biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong closed last month.

Soon-Shiong, 65, took control of The Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and a handful of community newspapers from Chicago-based Tronc. The $500 million deal, which was announced on Feb. 7, returns The Times back to local ownership after nearly two decades under Chicago control.

Listen to the interview

Sierra Star closes offices in Oakhurst, California

The Sierra Star has closed its offices at 49165 Crane Valley Road in Oakhurst, California, the Fresno Bee announced and the Sierra News Online reported (Sierra News Online is not connected to the Sierra Star.)
Fresno Bee Editor Joe Kieta and Publisher Ken Riddick placed a letter to readers in this week’s print edition of the Sierra Star, saying with a fall in foot traffic to the office, “much of the business conducted there can more easily be done online or over the phone, rendering the need for a physical space less important.”
The Sierra Star is owned by the Fresno Bee/McClathy Company.
The letter says that the shuttering of the office won’t affect the production of the Sierra Star’s print edition, which will continue to publish weekly in conjunction with the paper’s online presence. 

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Koenig & Bauer vocational school celebrates anniversary

Some 200 guests, staff and students celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Koenig & Bauer on-site vocational school in Wurzburg, Germany, on July 6.
In 1868 Koenig & Bauer set up the world’s first in-house vocational school to establish dual apprenticeships long before state vocational schools took off. Initially founded to train winegrowers for factory work, today the school is the company’s modern “talent factory.”
“As a new-generation teaching facility, today the vocational training school prepares tomorrow’s skilled workers for the challenges of a digitalized world,” said  Claus Bolza-Schunemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer, at the ceremony in Wurzburg.
Since 1868, well over 7,000 people have taken the first steps in their careers at the vocational school. In its anniversary year, it is responsible for the qualification of 120 apprentices.
Amid a rising trend of unfilled apprenticeship places, Eberhard Sasse, president of the Bavarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, emphasized the development of young people embarking on the path of vocational training. “The German economy is very nearly desperately looking for well-trained specialists,” he said. He praised the company's efforts to tackle the shortage of skilled workers.

Today in Labor History

Labor History July 12th
Deportation at Bisbee, Arizona
Members of the shoemakers’ union went on trial in New York City for striking to win a raise. They were fined $1 each. – 1810
Oscar W. Neebe, founder of the Beer Wagon Drivers Union (later the Teamsters Union) was born. Neebe was one of Haymarket martyrs, executed for his “role in the Haymarket bombing”, despite the fact that he was not in Haymarket Square at the time. – 1850
The state militia moved in to break a 12-day strike against Carnegie Steel in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The guardsmen were there primarily to protect scabs and remained in Homestead until October.  Strikers were protesting wage cuts of 18-26% and suffered seven deaths in attacks on them by Pinkerton (“Pinks”) detectives. On July 23, Alexander Berkman, anarchist friend of Emma Goldman, tried to kill Henry Clay Frick, chairman of the board at Carnegie, in an attentat (propaganda by the deed), an action many anarchists of the day believed would inspire the working class to rise up in revolt against the ruling class. – 1892
Today was the final day of the vigilante deportation of striking mine workers at Bisbee, Arizona. The company illegally kidnapped and deported about 1300 strike mine workers, their supporters, and citizen bystanders. The action was orchestrated by Phelps Dodge, the major mining company in the area, which provided a list of workers and others who were to be arrested. The arrested were first held at a local baseball park before being loaded onto cattle cars and deported 200 miles to Tres Hermanas in New Mexico. The 16-hour journey took place through the desert without food or water. Once unloaded, the deportees, most without money or transportation, were warned against returning to Bisbee. During the Bisbee mine strike, company-hired vigilantes attempted to kidnap and deport Jim Brew, a miner and IWW member. Brew fought back and was shot and killed. Brew was a veteran of the West Virginia Cripple Creek strike of 1903-4. – 1917
The Screen Actors Guild held its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star (Frankenstein’s Monster) and union activist Boris Karloff. – 1933
Congress passed first minimum wage law (40 cents per hour). – 1933

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

American Hometown Publishing buys Osceola News-Gazette

Lakeway Publishers has sold the Osceola News-Gazette, located in Kissimmee, Florida, to American Hometown Publishing, according to Randy Cope and Gary Greene of Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented Lakeway Publishers in the transaction.
“We're ecstatic to be joining American Hometown Publishing,” said Osceola News-Gazette Publisher Tom Overton. “It's a company that specializes in operating free print and digital content products in fast-growing markets, and our readers and advertisers are in for exciting new twists.”
Kissimmee is just minutes from Disney World, and Osceola County has exploded from about 25,000 residents in 1970 to more than 325,000 today. The Osceola News-Gazette publishes twice weekly and is carrier-delivered to about 40,000 households that request the publication.
“We continue to focus on acquiring free-distribution hyperlocal news products in growing destination markets and the Osceola News-Gazette is an ideal addition to our portfolio,” said AHP CEO Brad Dennison. “We see a wonderful opportunity to build engaging print and digital products, and a large audience in central Florida.”

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Heading back to the Philippines on November 20th, 2018

Newspapers are doing as much with less - Lewiston Morning Tribune

Real people work for community newspapers - The Augusta Chronicle

Tegna asks viewers: What do you want to know about the news? - Poynter

Black Child Gets Cops Called on Him for Delivering Newspapers - The Root

China to its state media: keep calm, don't inflame trade row with U.S. - Reuters

Trade war wreaks havoc among newspapers across USA - Delmarva Daily Times

GateHouse offers buyouts to newspaper employees across New England - MassLive

'The spiraling down of the daily newspaper': Circulation declines - St. Louis Business Journal

Here’s what two researchers found in a yearlong quest for journalism innovation - Nieman Lab

How The New York Times’ Mark Thompson became the latest thorn in Facebook’s side - Digiday

S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer partnering

Germany-based Koenig & Bauer is expanding its product portfolio in response to service business growth and strong customer demand, the company says.
In cooperation with S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft, the press manufacturer will offer almost all services involving printing presses to customers in the future. “We have worked well and successfully with S.E.M. in the past and building on this partnership was the next logical step. Our customers want the opportunity to have one contact person for their entire print shop. We can now offer this together with S.E.M.,” says Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer.
The alliance is geared towards longer-term commitment. “The goal of our alliance is clear — we want to work the market proactively together, with services ranging from general upkeep, maintenance and technical press cleaning,” said Achim Trenkner, managing director of S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft. “Together we now see ourselves as a full-service provider.”
The fields of activity of both companies are separate and complement each other in an ideal way, according to Koenig & Bauer.
Ludwigshafen, Germany-based S.E.M. offers maintenance, electrotechnical installations in the industrial and commercial sector and technical machine cleaning.

Today in Labor History

Labor History July 11th
Striking coal miners in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, used dynamite to destroy barracks housing Pinkerton management thugs. – 1892
A nine-year strike, the longest in the history of the United Auto Workers, began at the Division of Park-Ohio Industries Inc. in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio. During the strike the company lost nearly $50 million, $34.5 in 1992 alone.  Despite scabs, arrests and firings, UAW Local 91 members hung tough and in 1992 won and signed a new three year agreement. – 1983

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pia Sociedade de Sao Paulo printer invests in manroland press

Brazilian printing company Pia Sociedade de Sao Paulo has invested in a 2-web Euroman press from manroland web systems. The Euroman is ideal for printing Bibles, magazines and catalogs, according to Augsburg, Germany-based manroland.
The Euroman is manroland web systems’ best-selling commercial press. Manroland web systems project management offers comprehensive personal support that’s guaranteed by local sales and service partner Servicos de Representacao Comercial.

15 Most Absurd Newspaper Headlines Ever

Why did a man put his mail in a dog poop disposal for two years? How did a man get duped into buying “poodles” that weren’t even dogs? These are 15 of the most ridiculous news headlines you’ll see – and the equally crazy stories behind them

J.P. Morgan downgrades Gannett’s stock

J.P. Morgan downgraded Gannett’s stock from neutral to underweight, MarketWatch reported. Gannett shares were down 7 percent on the morning of July 6 following the downgrade.
“Shares have been relatively stable recently despite ongoing concerns regarding print circulation and advertising trends,” wrote analyst Alexia Quadrani in a note. “Furthermore, our last several earnings revisions have been negative and we remain concerned about the outlook for both print circulation and advertising in an environment with rising newsprint costs,” she wrote.
J.P. Morgan analysts “remain hopeful” about growth at ReachLocal, which USA Today Network-owner Gannett bought in 2016. Yet “we remain concerned by the ongoing weakness in print advertising, which appear to be only partially offset by operating efficiencies,” wrote Quadrani.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Southern Lithoplate raising prices

Southern Lithoplate is raising lithoplate prices, the company has announced.
“Due to sustained and significant increases in aluminum cost now standing at 40 percent, compounded by cost increases in component raw materials and health care, out of necessity, Southern Lithoplate will increase lithoplate prices,” said Edward A. “Trip” Casson, SLP chairman & CEO. “The economy coupled with the market environment we are navigating require us to best support our customer partners by implementing this increase with minimized price adjustments.”
The company will work with each customer to “ensure the minimum necessary increase, and to reward loyalty, as we continue to demonstrate our long‐term commitment to print,” Casson said.
The privately held Southern Lithoplate is headquartered in North Carolina and specializes in the manufacture, distribution and service of digital lithoplates and associated products for targeted print markets. It has manufacturing facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and near the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

Today in Labor History

Labor History July 10th
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was born. Bethune was an American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil right activist best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attracted donations of time and money, and developed the academic school as a college. It later continued to develop as Bethune-Cookman University. She was appointed as a national adviser to President Roosevelt as part of what was known as his Black Cabinet. She was known as “The First Lady of the Struggle” because of her commitment to gain better lives for African Americans. – 1875
14,000 federal and state troops finally succeed in putting down the strike against the Pullman Palace Car Company The strike had been peaceful until July 5, when federal troops intervened in Chicago, against the repeated protests of the Governor and Chicago’s mayor. Some 34 American Railway Union members were killed by troops over the course of the strike. – 1894
A powerful gas and dust explosion occurred in the Rolling Mill Mine in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. At approximately 11 a.m., the explosion occurred in the Klondike section of the mine, and ultimately 112 miners, 84 of whom were immigrants from England, Poland, and Slovakia, lost their lives. Killed immediately were those miners working in the Klondike section. Many other miners, as well as the vast majority of the mine animals, were killed by an asphyxiating gall called afterdam that spread through the mine as they fled to the Millcreek Portal, several miles away, the only other exit from the mine. The Rolling Mill Mine Disaster still ranks as one the most deadly mining accidents in American history. – 1902
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce held a mass meeting of more than 2,000 merchants to organize what was to become a frontal assault on union strength and the closed shop. The failure of wages to keep up with inflation after the 1906 earthquake had spurred multiple strikes in the city. – 1916
Sidney Hillman died at age 59. Head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, he was a key figure in the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organization and in marshaling labor’s support for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Democratic Party. – 1946

Monday, July 09, 2018

WAN-IFRA award goes to Maria Ressa of the Philippines

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Maria Ressa, co-founder, CEO and executive editor of the online news site Rappler.
The award, given in Cascais, Portugal, during the opening ceremony of the 70th World News Media Congress and 25th World Editors Forum, recognized Ressa’s unwavering commitment to the values of a free press, as well as her determination to continue exposing stories of vital importance for democracy in the Philippines amidst intense pressure from the government and its supporters, according to WAN-IFRA.
“You don’t really know who you are until you’re forced to fight to defend it,” Ressa said in her acceptance speech, delivered in front of over 700 publishers, CEOs and editors-in-chief from the global news industry. “We at Rappler decided that when we look back at this moment a decade from now, we will have done everything we could: we did not duck, we did not hide.”
Since the 2016 election of President Rodrigo Duterte, Rappler has fallen victim to an online campaign by supporters of the controversial head of state that seeks to discredit the media organization, according to WAN-IFRA. Ressa has also been the target of a hate campaign designed to undermine her credibility and the legitimacy of Rappler’s reporting, WAN-IFRA says.

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