Tuesday, January 31, 2012
On November 13th, 2011 I joined the Sammy Maloof Racing Team on Skid Row and photographed what I witnessed, and I have been at their sides every Sunday since then.
Janeen requested I begin taking photos of the nearby streets to give people an idea of the need, and the need is great as the Midnight Mission and Union Rescue Mission are over flowing with hungry and homeless Americans. Stay tuned, as I will add many more pictures to my Skid Row Collection on Flickr every Sunday night.
And big hat tip to the Los Angeles Times for the extensive coverage of the homeless living on the cold streets of Los Angeles.
Mark Lacter: Bad times for L.A. nonprofits that help people in need
Sandy Banks: On skid row, helping the most needy of the 99%
This weekend (Saturday February 4th, 2012) Don and his team of investigators will offer an insiders look for the first time of six Victorian homes, with all proceeds benefiting their friend Donn Shy, to defray medical costs.
Tickets are limited to sixty individuals and can only be purchased online at http://www.hauntedorange.com/heritagesquare.htm
Ed Padgett was driving in the rain to a union meeting when the L.A. Times called to tell him he was fired. The pressman, a third-generation Times employee, listened in shock last December to an HR woman’s voice explain he was being dismissed for “safety violations, dishonesty and suspicion of sabotage.”
That last charge had a bittersweet irony. Padgett had been at the paper for more than 39 years and had done everything he could to help it prosper – even as members of the corporate wrecking crew that drove the paper into bankruptcy were still counting their money.
“It was similar to jumping into an icy cold pool of water,” Padgett recalls. “I felt like crying because I’d been there so damn long, but I soon got over it.” He drove on to his meeting in La Mirada, but hasn’t been back to the Times printing plant on Olympic Boulevard to clean out his locker.
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- Hedger pausing on print - New York Post
- Gannett Misses Earnings Targets - Paid Content
- Tribune bankruptcy bill hits $231 million - Romenesko
- Newspapers alive and well for readers - Your West Valley
- High-stakes labor battle coming to California - Mercury News
- LA Times Has a Record Year on the Web - Matthew Fleischer
- New York Times Looks at Purchase of U.S. Newspapers - OB Rag
- Bad times for L.A. nonprofits that help people in need - Mark Lacter
- Albany Times Union Invests in Print Despite New Media - Chronicle
- Editor: social media "more dangerous" than print media - Australian
- Times employees' suit over Zell deal officially wrapped - Kevin Roderick
Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Reggae meets Techno as Jahmark crosses cultural and musical barriers with
“Gimme that Soul” a collaboration with Kris Novy, holds steady at #9 on the
Polish Music Charts for three weeks.
For Immediate Release: Los Angeles, California (January 30, 2012)
GIMME THAT SOUL by Kris Novy featuring Jahmark was released November 21, 2011 in Poland by Universal Music Polska / Magic Records as a collaboration. It debuted at #12 on Polish DJ charts and rose to #9, holding that position for three consecutive weeks. The upbeat, song has become a dance floor anthem. Getting a lot of radio airplay on Polish airwaves and being requested heavily at regional House / Techo parties.
Jahmark and the Soulshakers are a very popular Los Angeles based, traditional roots reggae band. Jahmark is the driving force behind the group, as he is band leader, guitar player and lead singer. With more than seven full length reggae albums under his belt, he became interested in exploring and being creative with other genres of music.
World renowned techno/house producer, Alexander Perls of Track One Recording has been working with Jahmark for a few years. They actually met through myspace, where Mr. Perls stumbled upon some of Jahmark’s original songs and was impressed with the texture and tone of Jahmark’s voice. He invited the Jamaican native to record in his Hollywood studio. They worked on five songs together and Mr. Perls sent the songs to European record labels. Universal Music Poland was instantly interested in Gimme that Soul for their up and coming Techno recording artist, Kris Novy.
Kris and Jahmark have never actually met face to face. They shared music files over the internet until they came up with something that the artists and Mr. Perl’s were pleased with. Jahmark points out: “This is the same way the Gorrillaz got their start, being that their band members lived in different parts of the world they shared music files over the web until they got themselves a collection of cohesive songs. There is something very spontaneous and magical about that type of process which seems to appeal to the high-tech masses of today.”
The song, Gimme That Soul, was put out on 60-song compilation CD, Europa Plus, Super Collection Winter Dance Volume 2. The song is available on itunes and other digital retailers and also it’s free to listen to here on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/embed/MyaB5_-mPAA
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Friday, January 27, 2012
- Could you recap the Rudd Davis saga? - Gannett Blog
- Miami Herald to build a new printing plant - Miami Herald
- Lee Enterprises refinancing takes effect January 30 - Reuters
- Mary Melton on What’s Wrong With the Times - Frying Pan News
- The day Facebook became concerned about privacy - Romenesko
- LA Times Loses NY Bureau Chief Geraldine Baum - Pandora Young
- Adam Jacobi says CBS fired him over Paterno death report - Poynter
- NY Times Struggles After Janet Robinson's Departure - Huffington Post
- Couture Planet produces bags from recycled newspapers - Boston Globe
- Brian Williams sends off George Lewis on 'Nightly News'- Kevin Roderick
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Alex Dominguez, a newsprint handler at the Los Angeles Times, also enjoys singing and playing guitar in his band Dirty OL’ Krows. I haven’t had a chance to hear Alex play in almost four years, and enjoyed his previous band The Highland Band as they rocked the night away in Rancho Cucamonga.
The Dirty Krows will be playing next Friday February 3rd at City Lights, which is just north of the 60 Freeway. If I’m free I plan on attending and enjoy their music.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
VIENNA , Oct. 12, 2011 (Press Release) - Newspaper circulation declined in print world-wide last year but was more than made up by an increase in digital audiences, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) said Thursday in its annual update of world press trends.
"Circulation is like the sun. It continues to rise in the East and decline in the West," said Christoph Riess, CEO of WAN-IFRA, who presented the annual survey Thursday at the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum in Vienna, Austria.
The survey found:
- Media consumption patterns vary widely across the globe. Print circulation is increasing in Asia, but declining in mature markets in the West.
- The number of titles globally is consolidating.
- The main decline is in free dailies. "For free dailies, the hype is over," said Mr Riess.
- For advertisers, newspapers are more time efficient and effective than other media.
- Newspapers reach more people than the internet. On a typical day newspapers reach 20 percent more people world-wide than the internet reaches, ever.
- Digital advertising revenues are not compensating for the ad revenues lost to print.
- Social media are changing the concept and process of content gathering and dissemination. But the revenue model for news companies, in the social media arena, remains hard to find.
- The business of news publishing has become one of constant updating, of monitoring, distilling and repacking information.
- The new digital business is not the traditional newspaper business.
Mr Riess's presentation focused on six key areas: the media consumption shift; economic developments; newspaper circulation and number of titles; advertising expenditure by media; newspaper revenue; and internet versus mobile.
This represented a significant shift from past versions of the world press trends survey, which WAN-IFRA has been carrying out since 1988. Long a statistical compendium of information from more than 200 countries, the 2011 report focuses on the 69 countries that account for 90 percent of global industry value in terms of circulation and advertising revenue. "We're concentrating on value rather than volume, focusing on key numbers in key markets," said Mr Riess. "Our approach puts a premium on insight over numbers." This reflects feedback from industry stakeholders, as part of the new WAN/IFRA review. But the survey will continue to monitor all countries.
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feeding the homeless on Skid Row Los Angeles
- The Plight of Philadelphia newspaper Racks - Tumblr
- Washington Post’s shrinking newsroom - Romenesko
- State College newspaper prints 7,500 more papers - Poynter
- What newspapers have to learn from magazines - Editors Weblog
- GCI plan could be biggest news revamp in five years - Gannett Blog
- KPCC hires former Times Editor Russ Stanton - Los Angeles Times
- Daily News Columnist Dennis McCarthy To Retire - Matthew Fleischer
- Online newspapers visited by half of European Internet users - Biz Report
- Newspaper to fill niche with $99-a-year literary offering - Chicago Tribune
- KPCC hires Russ Stanton, ex LAT editor, as VP of content - Kevin Roderick
With smoking cigarettes becoming taboo at most public places there is an alternative with Safe-Cig, an electronic cigarette that can be used everywhere but inside the cabin of a jet.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Since becoming unemployed six weeks ago I’m forced to watch how I spend my money, so when I received a call late Friday afternoon from Flappers Comedy Club with the offer of ten free passes, how could I say no? My former colleague at the newspaper Victor Banuelos joined me Friday, with Tim Russell, Richard Olmeda, and Linda Olmeda jumping on board for the Saturday night show.
The Flappers Club in Claremont is a well-organized showroom that seats maybe just over one hundred guests, and makes for an intimate evening. With some very great choices for snacks or sandwiches that are priced from $7.00 to $15.00, it’s an idea way to spend very little money and yet have a great time.
Our host of the show, Laura Hayden, ran the show like the professional she is and broke the ice for the comic’s before they stepped onto the stage for their performances. Using a bit of crowd work she engaged the audience getting everyone prepared to laugh and have a good time.
Some say the hosts are at the bottom of the pecking order, which I disagree, as the hosts can make or break the show and should be rated on the same level as the headliner. I look forward to seeing Ms. Hayden again, and hope to see her as the headliner.
Upon first sighting Mr. Randolph I mistook him for a former colleague, Pete Mastin, as they have a similar gait and appearance. When William stepped on stage I assumed he would be a hack, was I ever wrong. Once he got into his routine there was no turning back as he had the crowd in tears from laughing so hard. His style is a dry type of humor that grabs the audience and doesn’t let go. If you have the opportunity to see his show I highly recommend you do so, you won’t be disappointed.
Flappers has two locations, Claremont and Burbank with shows almost daily, visit their website and see what I mean. Click here FLAPPERS
- Newspapers, “truth vigilantes” no more - Salon
- Death? There’s an app for that! - The Final Edition
- Newspapers in Japan defy West's media malaise - Shingo Ito
- If you're looking for someone to report and write - Journalism Shop
- Online Ad Spend To Pass Print in 2012 - Newspaper Death Watch
- Detroit Media Partnership calls furloughs 'imperative' - Gannett Blog
- 16th anniversary of New York Times website, a look back - Steve Myers
- Washington Post fails to tell readers about price increase - Romenesko
- Artist Reflects on a Year’s Worth of LA Times Portraits - Richard Horgan
- Portland Newspaper Guild Rejects 50 Changes To Contract - Media Bistro
With rain falling throughout Los Angeles at this moment, there is a small chance we will be rained out tomorrow in our efforts to lend a hand to the homeless and hungry. I have a feeling the rain will subside long enough that we can setup the grill and tables to distribute the famous Sammy Maloof burgers between 5:00 p.m. and until the food is exhausted.
What may sound like simple food to you and I, (hamburgers) happens to be a big treat to the folks living on the streets of Skid Row Los Angeles. Without hearing any feedback it’s rather easy to see the food is appreciated, as we have never brought any food back to the racing shop.
If you would be interested in volunteering any Sunday come to Lamp Village, which is located at 527 Crocker Street, the cross street is 5th. We set up between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., with tomorrow questionable due to forecasts of rain.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I didn’t even note the title of Eric Weiner’s new book as all the events of this type have always been a blast, as well as informative. The book is titled "Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine,”
Moments after the conversation began Mr. Weiner mentioned that he helped feed the homeless during the Christmas Season, and how good he felt afterwards, he immediately had my full attention as I help feed the homeless every Sunday with Sammy Maloof and friends.
What I assumed would be a forty-five minute conversation turned into ninety minutes, which felt like thirty minutes, as Mr. Weiner was extremely interesting as he explained his research into the different religions around the globe. He said there are nine thousand four hundred and eighty-eight different religions, which he focused on a handful.
But one statement stuck in my mind, he said religious people are happier than non-religious people.
I would highly recommend reading his book, which I didn’t buy last night due to the long line of readers buying the book. Instead I departed with Bianca to grab something to eat.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
"It's the predictable but nonetheless stunning fallout to today's protest of the anti-piracy legislation that had been wending its way through Congress (a test vote was being planned in the Senate next week)".
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Support for piracy bills? It's going, going, gone - LA Biz Observed
I would guess there were somewhere between forty and forty-five in attendance, with Richard Olmeda the sole pressman still employed by the newspaper.
Many did not recognize one another as thirty or more years had slipped by and our hair either turned gray or fell out. And with the passing of time we have all gained a few extra pounds here and there.
To remember this event seventy-five photographs have been uploaded to Flickr, just click here to be redirected to the collection.
A BIG thanks to Emmett Jaime III for organizing the breakfast that the men and women cherished so much.
The next scheduled gathering will take place on March 27th, 2012 at Weiland Brewery from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend pressman or not.
The video above discusses the Senate version of the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In the Senate the bill is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA has gotten more attention than PIPA because it was moving faster in the legislative process. But PIPA is just as dangerous, and now it is moving faster.
PIPA would give the government new powers to block Americans' access websites that corporations don't like. The bill lets corporations and the US government censor entire websites and cut sites off from advertising, payments and donations.
This legislation will stifle free speech and innovation, and even threaten popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.
The bill is scheduled for a test vote in the Senate on Jan. 24th: We need to act now to let our lawmakers know just how terrible it is. Will you fill out the form above to ask your lawmakers to oppose the legislation and support a filibuster?
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.
Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.
The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.
Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web
Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
their hamburgers from the Sammy Maloof Racing Team last Sunday
- T&G moving most printing to Boston - Telegram
- Advance Newspapers cuts local carriers - Wood TV
- Have iPads hit the newspapers hard? - Imirates 24/7
- GCI, Tribune end Metromix partnership - Gannett Blog
- Would you pay to read news on the Internet? - Examiner
- Internet companies plan SOPA protests - Chicago Tribune
- Tampa Bay Times extends 5% pay reduction - Romenesko
- Tribune offers newsroom voluntary buyouts - Chicago Tribune
- Capitol Weekly suspends print edition, goes web only - Kevin Roderick
- Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing to Go Dark Wednesday - Pandora Young
Monday, January 16, 2012
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism.
A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.
In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War.
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.SOURCE: Wikipedia
Dr. King's Funeral Service
Dedication to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Chili Most
Saturday, January 14, 2012
- Nothing beats a Sunday newspaper - rrstar
- Should Newspapers be Truth Vigilantes? - Ad Age
- Tribune denies report of mass layoffs - Romenesko
- Daily Universe will become a weekly publication - BYU
- Newspaper Carrier Fights Off Attacker - News Channel 5
- DUI charge dropped in Randy Michael case - Kevin Roderick
- Pre-censorship and the End of Newspapers - Media Monitors
- Hoy Los Angeles Launches New Website - Matthew Fleischer
- Newspaper Reader Spotted in McDonald's - Chesterfield Patch
- Would You Still Buy Newspapers If You Had To Pay Tax? - Business Insider
Friday, January 13, 2012
The grim reaper paid the Los Angeles Times Operations Departments a visit late last night as eight additional employees were let go. Not even two weeks into the New Year and layoffs commenced once again should be a rather interesting year at the newspaper.
Pressroom supervisor Dennis Feinauer
Packaging and Distribution:
Report layoffs to Edward Padgett from your home computer or mobile device.
edpadgett1 AT verizon.net
Finally making my way back to the fellow with the cool hat I pulled up a chair next to him for a quick chat and learned he’s an artist that uses the handle Chili Most. I found Chili to be a very interesting and fun man and wouldn’t mind having lunch with him sometime soon. Chili has a new song called Dedication to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that you will be hearing much more as Martin Luther King Day nears.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
- What are newspapers for? - Washington Post
- O.C. Register looks at mobile readership - OC Register
- Library putting old newspapers online - The Border Mail
- Newspaper can say confidently: We will be here - The TandD
- Restaurant leasing space in Tribune Tower - Chicago Tribune
- Big Coal vs. The Miner Who Knew Too Much - Steven Mikulan
- Oklahoma lawmaker wants sales tax on newspapers - Tulsa World
- Tribune: Bankruptcy exit ‘possible' by October - Chicago Business
- Fewer Daily Newspapers Deliver Daily - Newspaper Death Watch
- Newspaper Industry has been the victim of disruption - News & Tech
You are invited to the following event:
What if Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. had Tweeted the Civil Rights Movement
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Jan 12, 2012
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Los Angeles Press Club @ Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Please Join The Los Angeles Press Club for a Panel Discussion
“What If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Had Tweeted The Social Movement?"
In Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Diane Watson -- Former U.S. Congresswoman
Robert Farrell -- Former L.A. City Councilman and Freedom Rider
Rev. William Smart Jr. -- Chair, SCLC-LA and Union Organizer
Rev. Dr. Lewis E. Logan II -- n Pastor & Community Organizer
Charlene Muhammad -- Journalist and Blogger
Jasmyne Cannick -- Journalist and Blogger
Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad -- Author/Columnist/Scholar
FREE PARKING: Enter from Berendo
METRO: Red Line Sunset/Vermont
Light refreshments and networking at 7 p.m.
Program at 7.30 p.m.
Follow LAPC on Twitter@lapressclub
We hope you can make it!
Los Angeles Press Club
This is a bale of waste newspapers that will be recycled into newsprint at another location.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
- Initiation Fee Notice - Ronnie Pineda
- How many pages in your paper today? - Gannett Blog
- Register plans to close pressroom - New Haven Register
- Newspapers are transforming, not dying - Kansas City Star
- Herald, Globe press ahead with printing deal - Boston Herald
- Newspapers still relevant, but how much longer? - Baltimore Sun
- Los Angeles Times Lisa Fung Joins TheWrap - Matthew Fleischer
- NYT limited layoffs to 200 employees in sale to Halifax - Julie Moos
- Halifax waives non-compete clause for NYT Media Group - Romenesko
- Whittier Daily News moving to a six-day-a-week publication - Whittier DN
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Place: Carrows Restaurant
Address: 21130 E. Golden Springs
City: Walnut, CA. 91789-3923
Date: January 17th, 2012
Directions can be viewed here.
Former Los Angeles Times Blogger Tony Pierce will be hosting this event, and it's free to all whom register. Tony is pictured below with Brady Westwater the Los Angeles historian.
As if relationships weren’t complicated enough: Social media’s now taken PDA from public pucker-ups to textual (and pictorial) “Proclamations d’Amour”, putting people on different sides of the “Relationship Status” debate. And whether we’re in, in between, seeking, or otherwise disposed to relationships, the online world has influenced – and will continue to affect – the way we engage with one another across social spaces.
So what are the rules of romantic (dis)engagement in the blog/vlog/Facebook/Twitter era? Has much changed since the analogue days? And are there some practices or traditions that persist despite, or even because of, all of technology’s vaunted advances and social effects?
On Tuesday, January 10, join KPCC’s Blog Editor (and “busblog.com” creator/writer) Tony Pierce and guest panelist Alie Ward (“Drinks with Alie & Georgia”) at The Crawford Family Forum for a moderated, potentially immoderate, and sure-to stimulate conversation about the “new” relationship rules, in 2012 and beyond.
6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Program
Tue, Jan 10 2012, 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.
KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, Pasadena, CA.
See you there!
Monday, January 09, 2012
Just heard from Don Reese’s brother Dino regarding Don’s condition and appears his battle with cancer is about to come to an end. In Dino’s own words:
"Hi Ed and Rudy,
My name is Dino Reese I'm Don Reese's younger brother, I found you through a google search that turned up Ed's LA times blog. Ed thanks a million for keeping people updated on Don's status. I wanted to let you know that Don is preparing to leave us all here after his long health battle. As of today the doctors have given him 2 weeks I'm sorry to say. Please feel free to keep in contact with me for details and to keep this friends in pressroom informed. Please take my number posted at the end of this email and feel free to call me at any time for any reason. I live in Oregon and am a self employed computer technician therefore my voice mail will sound business like, if you reach it you will know it's myself. Please leave a message if you need anything for any reason. I will call you back if no one answers.
Please pass this information on to Matt Turnbow and Billy and have them call me or email me at their connivance. I will do my best to aid and assist you with anything I can help you with, feel free to contact me for any reason".
Most Warm Regards,
Cell: 541-513-XXXX ASK FOR NUMBER
email: dino.reese AT gmail.com
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Last Friday the pressmen all brought in food to wish their colleagues farewell as thirteen men were laid off from the newspaper. How to say goodbye after working together over twenty-five years together isn’t an easy task. We wish the thirteen men the best in their lives after the Los Angeles Times.
The following were let go on New Years Eve