Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Outside the last production facility for the Los Angeles Times

What Journalists Worry About in the Middle of the Night - AJR

Newspapers still haven't figured it out - South Milwaukee NOW

That’s the way it was: New CBS channel turns back time - Robert Feder

New York Times staffers band together over buyout anxiety - Capital New York

Paddock purchase a sign of newspapers' need to diversify - Chicago Daily Herald

Prison-specific newspapers are redefining the term ‘targeted content’ - Castleford

Editor and Publisher Announces the 2014 EPPY Award Finalists - Editor and Publisher

Charles Apple named managing editor/visuals of the Victoria Advocate - Charles Apple

Paperboys remembered on Redlands Daily Facts’ 124th birthday - Redlands Daily Facts

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne warns consumers of newspaper scam - AZ Central

Today in Media History: Apple’s Steve Jobs introduces the iPod in 2001

Today in Media History: Apple’s Steve Jobs introduces the iPod in 2001

Today in Labor History

President Theodore Roosevelt establishes a fact-finding commission that suspends a nine-months-long strike by Western Pennsylvania coal miners fighting for better pay, shorter workdays and union recognition.  The strikers ended up winning more pay for fewer hours, but failed to get union recognition.   It was the first time that the federal government had intervened as a neutral arbitrator in a labor dispute - 1902
Explosion and fire at Phillips Petroleum refinery in Pasadena, Texas, kills 23 and injures 314 - 19892014.10.20history-phillips.petroleum
Postal workers Joseph Curseen and Thomas Morris die nearly a month after having inhaled anthrax at the Brentwood mail sorting center in Washington, D.C.  Other postal workers had been made ill but survived. Letters containing the deadly spores had been addressed to U.S. Senate offices and media outlets – 2001

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Banned Commercial 1961 Flintstones Winston Cigarettes

Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Today in Media History: In 1962 President Kennedy announced the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba

Today in Media History: In 1962 President Kennedy announced the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba

The Corps Wants You - LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor's Volunteer CorpsWhen Angelenos come together to make change, we're unstoppable.

On social media and at town halls, it was you who got the Army Corps of Engineers to reverse course and embrace our full $1 billion plan to restore the L.A. River.

It was you who pushed Sacramento to triple the film tax credit to keep good middle class jobs here at home, instead of seeing those jobs stolen by other states.

And in facing this drought, it's Angelenos at home who are key to reducing water use.

I believe in the power of Angelenos to make a difference. That's why I'm launching the Mayor's Volunteer Corps on Saturday. Will you join us?

All we ask is a commitment to three volunteer events a year -- but there are many more events year-round and no limit to the events you can attend. Click here for a calendar. This Saturday, we'll be kicking-off the Corps by painting over graffiti and planting trees in Boyle Heights.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
Eric Garcetti

PS: My Back to Basics agenda for Los Angeles is focused on what's most important in our neighborhoods. Join the Corps and let's make those simple fixes that make a big difference.
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
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Today in Labor History

October 22  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Bank robber Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd is killed by FBI agents near East Liverpool, Ohio. He was a hero to the people of Oklahoma who saw him as a "Sagebrush Robin Hood," stealing from banks and sharing some of the proceeds with the poor - 1934

Teamster Cesar Calderon votes, as you should

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ben Bradlee dead at 93

Ben Bradlee dead at 93

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

Bill Boyarsky celebrates his eightieth birthday today 

Political Polarization and Media Habits - Pew Research

The California Sunday Magazine sets out to win the West - CJR

Freedom of the press? Not for student newspapers - The Guardian

Liberals and conservatives agree: You can’t trust BuzzFeed - Poynter

The bottom line: Can Twitter make any money for newspapers? - RJI

Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93 - Washington Post

Stop the presses: Tribune buying Sun-Times suburban newspapers - Robert Feder

Amy Scattergood Jumps From LA Weekly to LA Times as Food Editor - LA Eater

Journalism trainers detained by Putin Government in St Petersberg - Editors Weblog

Chicago Sun-Times staffers learned about sale of their papers on Twitter - Romenesko

Times-Picayune will close New Orleans print facility, print in Alabama

Times-Picayune will close New Orleans print facility, print in Alabama

In Memory of John Bragg

After celebrating the life of former Los Angeles Pressman John Bragg I attempted to capture a few photos of the men and women we have not seen in many years.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wooten
Lee and Allen Cromer
Kenny Ballard
Ruben Cano
Edward, Charlie Coleman, and Kenny Ballard
 John Lawerence 
Kenny Ballard, Charlie Coleman, and James Seltzer

Today in Labor History

October 21  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Wisconsin dairy farmers begin their third strike of the year in an attempt to raise the price of milk paid to producers during the Great Depression.  Several creameries were bombed before the strike ended a month later. The economy eventually improved, allowing the farmers to make more money - 1933

Teamster Richard Olmeda votes, do you?

Today in Media History: Back to the future at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair

Today in Media History: Back to the future at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fake Los Angeles Times Subscription Renewal - Readers Beware

My elderly neighbor called seeking my assistance after retrieving his mail, seems the newspaper subscription scammers sent him something he didn't understand. As I glanced over the statement I knew immediately this was part of a scam occurring around the country at many different newspapers.

If the yearly cost doesn't grab your attention, $799.95 for 364 issues, the lack of the Los Angeles Times logo lettering should.

I hope no one is taken by this scam, but I'm certain a few older readers sent in payments.

My mailbox did not have the renewal notice today from Publishers Billing Association, do they have access to all subscribers I wonder?

Gannett gives employees an extra paid day off

Gannett gives employees an extra paid day off

Monday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Herald Examiner trucks picking up their newspapers at the LA Times

Three things lost; we'll miss them all - SFGate

Publishing revenues continue a steep slide - Poynter

WAN-IFRA's annual 'World Press Trends' - Editors Weblog

Annual 10 Newspapers That Do It Right list - Editor and Publisher

Gannett earnings up 49% on broadcast business gains - USA Today

Advertising agency Jump Cut is launching a print division - Variety

For Aaron Kushner, a Difficult Foray Into Newspapers - New York Times

Déjà vu: LA Times under Beutner restores California section - LAObserved

Google Loves Print, This We Know, For Its Guidelines Tell Us So - Dead Tree Edition

MyNewsLA is a website devoted to providing up-to-date news about LA - My News LA

Los Angeles Times Press Release

 — The Los Angeles Times is enriching its print edition and digital report with the launch of a daily California section. The new section is dedicated to the news and analysis essential to navigating life in the Southland and across the Golden State. California will cover California as only The Times can, with a focus on local and statewide news, analysis and feature stories, as well as commentary from its award-winning columnists.
“California, the nation’s most vital melting pot, is where America comes to see its future. Here in Los Angeles, almost 200 languages and dialects are spoken every day. We stand on the edge of a continent, a window to Asia and Latin America, constantly pushing boundaries in art, science, politics and culture,” said Times publisher Austin Beutner. “No matter where the news is breaking – in Sacramento or just down the street – California will help frame readers’ perspective on the latest trends and discoveries in our community and the state. It will present the news with the timeliness, insight, intelligence and balance that it deserves.
“We’ve been reporting on and about one of the world’s most influential regions for more than 132 years,” said editor Davan Maharaj. “With the launch of California, we are sharpening and deepening our coverage – with exclusive enterprise reporting, watchdog journalism, vital data, and distinctive local reporting from across the state.”
Highlights of the section include:
  • Los Angeles city and county news with in-depth coverage of key government institutions
  • New analytical takes on goings-on at City Hall, the state’s political landscape, higher learning and education, science and California’s impact beyond its borders
  • Signature columnists: Sandy Banks, Steve Lopez, George Skelton and Robin Abcarian
  • Distinct local City Beat stories, images from The Times’ extensive photo archives and dispatches from the Homicide Report
  • Coverage from Times reporters across the state, including Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, Ventura, Orange County and San Diego
  • Q&As, graphics, document markups and by-the-numbers features that help put news in context
  • Obituaries and a new online database
  • The weather
About the Los Angeles Times
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and has been covering Southern California for more than 132 years.
The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses and affiliates also include The EnvelopeTimes Community News, and Hoy Los Angeles which, combined with the flagship Los Angeles Times, reach approximately 5 million or 36% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG is part of Tribune Publishing Company (NYSE: TPUB), a diversified media and marketing solutions company that delivers innovative experiences for audiences and advertisers across all platforms. Additional information is available at http://latimes.com/aboutus.

Los Angeles Times Introduces New California Section

From: "Beutner, Austin M" 
Date: October 20, 2014 at 6:48:32 AM PDT
To: AllLosAngelesTimesEmployees 
Subject: Los Angeles Times Introduces New California Section 

Colleagues –

Today brings big news of the launch of The Times’ daily California section.

We will celebrate in-person at Noon and get all the details from Davan and his team.

In the meantime, we have attached the public announcement that will be distributed shortly, as well as my letter to our readers.

This is an exciting time as we invest additional resources in our core mission.

See you in the Chandler Auditorium at 12pm.


Politician won’t talk to ‘muckraking’ outlets

Politician won’t talk to ‘muckraking’ outlets

Newspaper Publishing: "Good Neighbors" 1944 Minneapolis Star-Journal and Tribune

Today in Media History: In 1967 Walter Cronkite imagined the future of online news and communications

Today in Media History: In 1967 Walter Cronkite imagined the future of online news and communications

Today in Labor History

2014.10.20history-debscrossEugene V. Debs, U.S. labor leader and socialist, dies in Elmhurst, Ill. Among his radical ideas: an 8-hour workday, pensions, workman's compensation, sick leave and social security. He ran for president from a jail cell in 1920 and got a million votes - 1926
(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.)
Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry.  Dozens of union members were among those blacklisted following as a result of HUAC’s activities - 1947
Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan writes to PATCO President Robert Poli with this promise: if the union endorses Reagan, "I will take whatever steps are necessary to provide our air traffic controllers with the most modern equipment available and to adjust staff levels and work days so that they are commensurate with achieving a maximum degree of public safety." He got the endorsement. Nine months after the election, he fires the air traffic controllers for engaging in an illegal walkout over staffing levels and working conditions - 1980
2014.10.20history-merle.travisDeath of Merle Travis, songwriter and performer who wrote "Sixteen Tons" and "Dark as a Dungeon" – 1983
Two track workers are killed in a (San Francisco) Bay Area Rapid Transit train accident.  Federal investigators said the train was run by a BART employee who was being trained as an operator as members of the Amalgamated Transit Union were participating in what was to be a four-day strike - 2013

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rutter: Media no strangers to income inequality - Post-Tribune

Rutter: Media no strangers to income inequality - Post-Tribune

Peter Liguori and I have never met, but I will stipulate that he’s probably a nice guy with a nice family and nice home and lots of nice things inside his nice home.
He and I are sort of in the same business. Media is a giant circus tent packed with clowns, freaks, sequins and tightrope walkers. Liguori and I occupy the same tent but perform in different rings.

Fits and Starts: Construction Leads Fragile Economic Recovery In Hard-hit Inland Empire - capradio.org

Fits and Starts: Construction Leads Fragile Economic Recovery In Hard-hit Inland Empire - capradio.org

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In Hong Kong, Apple Daily gets to deliver papers after days of blockades

In Hong Kong, Apple Daily gets to deliver papers after days of blockades

Today in Labor History

October 18 
The "Shoemakers of Boston"—the first labor organization in what would later become the United States—was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony - 1648
New York City agrees to pay women school teachers a rate equal to that of men - 1911
IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out - 1927
Some 58,000 Chrysler Corp. workers strike for wage increases - 1939
The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) was formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO's Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. UPWA merged with the Meatcutters union in 1968, which merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979 to form the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) - 1943
GM agrees to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment 2014.10.13history-gm.eeoc.settlementOpportunity Commission - 1983

2014.10.13history-london.beer.floodOctober 17
A huge vat ruptures at a London brewery, setting off a domino effect of similar ruptures, and what was to become known as The London Beer Flood.  Nearly 1.5 million liters of beer gushed into the streets drowning or otherwise causing the deaths of eight people, mostly poor people living in nearby basements - 1814
Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. He had always maintained his innocence - 1939
"Salt of the Earth" strike begins by the mostly Mexican-American members of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local 890 in Bayard, N.M. Strikers' wives walked picket lines for seven months when their men were enjoined during the 14-month strike against the New Jersey Zinc Co. A great movie, see it! - 19502014.10.13history-workingstiffs.bookcover
(Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films About Laborhttp://www.laborbooks.com/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=movies: This wonderful book is an 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.)
Twelve New York City firefighters die fighting a blaze in midtown Manhattan - 1966
Int’l Printing Pressmen's & Assistants' Union of North America merges with Int’l Stereotypers', Electrotypers' & Platemakers' Union to become Printing & Graphic Communications Union - 1973
Industrial Union of Marine & Shipbuilding Workers of America merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1988

While in Russia, two U.S. journalism teachers were hauled before a judge

While in Russia, two U.S. journalism teachers were hauled before a judge

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Local 140-N Vice-President Chuck Reney at the negotiating table, with Richard Olmeda

Remembering his days at the Bay Guardian - John Schwada

Print and digital are like butter and a car - The Washington Post

I'm Sorry for the "Lies" I Must Tell Subscribers - Gustavo Arellano

Illinois Deserves Better Than the Chicago Tribune - Huffington Post

A Case Study in Ink Testing and Vendor Selection - Editor and Publisher

So why can't you get only certain sections of the newspaper? - David Lazarus

Tribune Media and 21st Century Fox Renew Agreement in Seattle - CNN Money

LA Times Says OC Register Owner Aaron Kushner Won't Pay Bills - OC Weekly

Why some newspapers are abandoning endorsements - Columbia Journalism Review

Gannett to offer dozens of newsroom of the future seminars for employees - Romenesko

Journalists struggle to balance reporting on Ebola with HIPAA

Journalists struggle to balance reporting on Ebola with HIPAA

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today in Labor History

Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is beheaded during the French Revolution.   When alerted that the peasants were suffering due to widespread bread shortages, lore has it that she replied, “Let them eat cake.”  In fact she never said that, but workers were, justifiably, ready to believe anything bad about their cold-hearted royalty - 1793
Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men, including five free blacks, in an attack on the Harper's Ferry ammunition depot, the beginning of guerilla warfare against slavery - 1859