Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Night in the Blogosphere

Times Mirror Square from the top of City Hall today

LA Times layoffs hit graphics team hard - LAObserved

95% of Citysearch Laid Off, Leaked Email Reveals - Eater

Gannett Government Media orders Q3 furloughs - Gannett Blog

AFL-CIO Presses Tribune to Shelve Newspaper Sale - The Street

Newspaper chain McClatchy orders more furloughs - Romenesko

Enterprise Zone Bill Goes to Governor’s Desk - Frying Pan News

The latest “life-saving” proposition for newspapers - Editors Weblog

The New York Times Final Surrender: Boston Globe Sale - 24/7 Wall St.

Profit at L.A. Times owner Tribune Co. plummets 41% - Los Angeles Times

Publisher Threatens to Close Newark Star-Ledger - Newspaper Death Watch

LA Times layoffs hit graphics team hard

 From Editor Davan Maharaj and Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin

To the staff:

We’ve just completed a modest round of staff reductions.

Losing even a small number of colleagues is difficult. Losing them in a close-knit newsroom where we all work together for a common purpose is even harder.

But it does not alter our mission or our focus on the future.

We will continue to reshape the newsroom to enhance our digital report, from breaking news to narrative and investigative projects. That will require us to keep developing our multimedia skills--within the newsroom and with new recruits.

The redesign of is set to launch this fall. It will greatly enhance the reader experience and give us a wealth of new tools for presenting stories, graphics, photos and video. The redesign will build on recent improvements, such as the new template for Column One, the groundbreaking work of our data team and our steadily expanding real-time coverage of the news.

We’re both available to respond to questions or concerns.

--Davan and Marc

SOURCE: Kevin Roderick

LA Times changes up the home page - LA Observed

LA Times changes up the home page - LA Observed

 By the way, I don't think this is necessarily related, but the layoff winds are blowing through the Los Angeles Times newsroom again. Staffers are chattering about grim meetings and what seem to be lists being drawn up. Accurate or not, the fear level is definitely rising, and morale already pretty much sucked outside of a chosen few. When you are for sale, and the print product each morning is the thinnest in memory, those things happen.

--Kevin Roderick

Today in Labor History*

June 28  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Birthday of machinist Matthew Maguire, who many believe first suggested Labor Day. Others believe it was Peter McGuire, a carpenter - 1850

2013.06.24history-honor-laborPresident Grover Cleveland signs legislation declaring Labor Day an official U.S. holiday - 1894

The federal government sues the Teamsters to force reforms on the union, the nation's largest. The following March, the government and the union sign a consent decree requiring direct election of the union's president and creation of an Independent Review Board - 1988

The Teamsters Union and UPS have agreed to an extension of the current UPS national master agreement and all supplements, riders and addenda. View the announcement here:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

US Rulers Fear American People

US Rulers Fear American People

Gannett Blog: Indy | Sports department gets big shake-up

Gannett Blog: Indy | Sports department gets big shake-up: In the restructuring, veteran staffers were reassigned, and two high-profile beats are up for grabs. Plus, content changes at The Indianapo...

Weiland Brewery Closing June 30 - Los Angeles Downtown News - For Everything Downtown L.A.!: News

Weiland Brewery Closing June 30 - Los Angeles Downtown News - For Everything Downtown L.A.!: News

Another Los Angeles Times party held at Weiland Brewery.

Victor Banuelos, Owen Brennan, Edward, Liz Mercado, and Tony Ramirez

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Redondo Beach, CA.

The Death of Paper Media - The Daily Star

Newspaper jobs continue to decline - The Citizen

Future of major newspapers about to change - USA Today

Still Room in San Diego for More Media - Voice of San Diego

Do You Still Read the Newspapers? [POLL] - New Jersey 101.5

Introducing the Long Beach Post's Active Print Edition - Long Beach Post

Is state money for newspaper advertising a ‘subsidy’? - Wisconsin Reporter

WaPo wants the right to fire anyone for any reason, says union - Romenesko

Tribune's disclosure of capital gains tax has no immediate impact - Moody's

Snowden Storm: How Much Damage to International Relations? - Newspaper Alum

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Today in Labor History

June 27  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Emma Goldman, women's rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 - 1869

The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies," is founded at a 12-day-long convention in Chicago. The Wobbly motto: "An injury to one is an injury to all." - 1905

Congress passes the National Labor Relations Act, creating the structure for collective bargaining in the United States - 1935

(The Labor Law Source Book: Texts of 20 Federal Labor Laws: A very handy collection that puts the full texts of all the 2013.06.24history-labor-law-sourcemajor U.S. labor laws into one book. Includes the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and 15 more. The full, actual language of each law is presented—without elaboration by the editor—and a helpful topic finder at the back of the book tells you which laws apply to basic concerns and classes of workers.)

A 26-day strike of New York City hotels by 26,000 workers—the first such walkout in 50 years—ends with a 5-year contract calling for big wage and benefit gains - 1985

A.E. Staley locks out 763 workers in Decatur, Ill. The lockout was to last two and one-half years - 1993

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nelson Mandela Rest in Peace

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliːɬaɬa manˈdeːla]; born 18 July 1918) is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

A Xhosa born to the Thembu royal family, Mandela attended Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied law. Living in Johannesburg, he became involved in anti-colonial politics, joining the ANC and becoming a founding member of its Youth League. After the Afrikaner nationalists of the National Party came to power in 1948 and began implementing the policy of apartheid, he rose to prominence in the ANC's 1952 Defiance Campaign, was elected President of the Transvaal ANC Branch and oversaw the 1955 Congress of the People. Working as a lawyer, he was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities and, with the ANC leadership, was prosecuted in the Treason Trial from 1956 to 1961 but was found not guilty. Although initially committed to non-violent protest, in association with the South African Communist Party he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1961, leading a bombing campaign against government targets. In 1962 he was arrested, convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, first on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife. Becoming ANC President, Mandela published his autobiography and led negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory. He was elected President and formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to diffuse ethnic tensions. As President, he established a new constitution and initiated the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses. Continuing the former government's liberal economic policy, his administration introduced measures to encourage land reform, combat poverty and expand healthcare services. Internationally, he acted as mediator between Libya and the United Kingdom in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, and oversaw military intervention in Lesotho. He declined to run for a second term, and was succeeded by his deputy Thabo Mbeki, subsequently becoming an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Controversial for much of his life, right-wing critics denounced Mandela as a terrorist and communist sympathiser. He has nevertheless received international acclaim for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid stance, having received over 250 awards, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name of Madiba or as tata; he is often described as "the father of the nation".

More at Wikipedia

Nelson Mandela Life Support Shut Down as Respected Humanitarian Dies Age 94

Music video by The Specials AKA performing Nelson Mandela.

Cablevision shuts down Newsday Westchester

Cablevision shuts down Newsday Westchester

17 Days- The Story of Newspaper History in the Making (1945)

Wednesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Newsroom Counts Fall Again - Media Post

Black and White and Red All Over - Swag Rag

Newspaper execs embrace online news delivery - USA Today

San Francisco Examiner sues San Francisco Chronicle - Poynter

State Senate Approves Enterprise Zone Overhaul - Frying Pan News

New York Times Set to Sell Globe for Fraction of Purchase - Bloomberg

Oregonian laid off an editor with cancer – and his wife, too - Romenesko

JS opens access to website, e-edition; after newspapers delivered late - JS

No, native advertising in print is not going to “save newspapers” - Paid Content

Koch Tribune Takeover Sparks Concerns at National Press Club - Media Matters

Egyptian workers were known to organize labor strikes

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Even though they regarded the pharaoh as a kind of living god, Egyptian workers were not afraid to protest for better working conditions. The most famous example came in the 12th century B.C. during the reign of the New Kingdom pharaoh Ramses III. When laborers engaged in building the royal necropolis at Deir el-Medina did not receive their usual payment of grain, they organized one of the first recorded strikes in history. The protest took the form of a sit-in: The workers simply entered nearby mortuary temples and refused to leave until their grievances were heard. The gamble worked, and the laborers were eventually given their overdue rations.

Originally posted on: The History Channel

Today in Labor History

June 26  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two dozen strikers were killed over the course of the strike - 1894

The 189-mile-long St. Lawrence Seaway opens, making the Great Lakes accessible to Atlantic shipping.  Thousands of laborers toiled for decades to make it happen; indirectly and directly, the Seaway today supports 75,000 jobs in Canada and 150,000 in the U.S. - 1959

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LAPD officer in surgery after being shot near South LA - LA Observed

LAPD officer in surgery after being shot near South LA - LA Observed

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Journey Revisited, a set on Flickr.

Journey Revisited is an excellent example of professional musicians that love playing for the large crowds they draw at each event throughout the States. Watch this band as they will most likely be preforming for AXS Television next season. Contact Jeff Salado on Facebook to book the group.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Minority employment in newsrooms held steady in 2012

Minority employment in newsrooms held steady in 2012

Dax Lion "Reggae Jam Jam/Gwan Natty" Ft. Biggz General

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Ride for Alzheimers June 29

Another Teamster motorcycle ride and event for charity roars off Saturday, June 29 as the Teamster Horsemen Motorcycle Association chapter 42 goes to bat for Alzheimer's victims.

"Finding Nana's Cure" takes off from Glendale Harley-Davidson at 11 a.m. heading to Teamsters Local 848 in Long Beach. Doors open in Glendale to riders at 9 a.m. and is located at 3717 San Fernando Road, 91204. The Local 848 destination activities begin at 11 a.m. with a band, food, about 20 vendors and more. Also, entertainment for the kids. A $20 donation includes participants' food. 848 is located at 2888 Cherry Ave., 90807.

Donations and vendor information is available by phoning Gilbert Castillo at 626.407.6266, or emailing:

The Association also requests that any Teamster who has a family member afflicted by Alzheimer's who can use assistance, to call or email at the above contact points.

Two LAPD officers shot outside Wilshire division station - LA Observed

Two LAPD officers shot outside Wilshire division station - LA Observed

Christian Tight Rope Stuntman Praises Jesus Entire Way Over Grand Canyon

Christian Tight Rope Stuntman Praises Jesus Entire Way Over Grand Canyon from ourgodisforus on GodTube.

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Tribune Co. appeals tax bills - Poynter

Plantation Capitalism - Frying Pan News

Here's one way to boost online traffic - Gannett Blog

Crowdfunding promising for mainstream media - Editors Weblog

Frequency Cuts Don’t Work, Says Columnist - Newspaper Death Watch

Enterprise Zone Reform at a Critical Juncture - California Labor Federation

Newspaper newsrooms suffer large staffing decreases - Pew Research Center

McDonald's Store Allegedly Throws Away Damning Newspapers - Huffington Post

Media CEOs issue support for newspapers but see digital differentiator - USA Today

What Sun-Times Media pays freelancers for suburban newspaper photos - Romenesko

The Tweed Player Hat in Davidson Check

Today in Labor History

June 25  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

More than 8,000 people attend the dedication ceremony for The Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago, honoring those framed and executed for the bombing at Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886 - 1893

Fair Labor Standards Act passes Congress, banning child labor and setting the 40-hour work week - 1938

At the urging of black labor and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph, Franklin Roosevelt issues an executive order barring discrimination in defense industries - 1941

Congress passes the Smith-Connally War Labor Disputes Act over President Franklin Roosevelt’s veto. It allows the federal government to seize and operate industries threatened by strikes that would interfere with war production. It was hurriedly created after the third coal strike in seven weeks - 1943
2013.06.24history-aerlex-plantA total of 21 workers are killed when a fireworks factory near Hallett, Okla., explodes - 1985

Decatur, Ill., police pepper-gas workers at A.E. Staley plant gate one year into the company's two-and-a-half-year lockout of Paperworkers Local 7837 - 1994

Certain Americans want to turn back the hands of time

By Haywood Galbreath
Certain Americans want to turn back the hands of time for unjust purposes!

Today, in a 5-4 decision the extreme right wing of the Supreme Court gutted a signature achievement of the Civil Rights Movement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Court's decision to strike Section 4 of the law, is just one piece of a broader coordinated attack on the voting rights of Black people, women, young people and other people of color.

So they convinced you that they saw you as an equal wanted and want you to have all the rights, freedoms and opportunities that they do without struggle upon this land! Read the statement below and if you are wise you will take it to heart and not with malice in your heart but with sheer determination for what is right form this day forward pay close attention to the words and not let the past become the present or future!

“Those who refuse to look back at the pass at the mistakes they committed and or atrocities committed against them and their people! Are not only condemned to commit the mistakes of the past all over again! But also to watch those who committed the atrocities against them and their people continue to commit the atrocities because the committers of the atrocities know that not only did they get away with it! They can continue to get away with it! And will continue to get away with committing even more and greater atrocities”!

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'Literary LA' film project takes to Kickstarter (video) - LA Observed

'Literary LA' film project takes to Kickstarter (video) - LA Observed

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rex Hart Rest in Peace

Rex Hart on the left with Charlie Coleman

Just received word that retired Los Angeles Times Press room Supervisor Rex Hart has moved on to heaven. Mr. Hart began his career with the newspaper at the shuttered press room at Times Mirror Square and transferred to the Chatsworth Production Facility before retiring.

No further information to share at this moment. 

Oregonian hopes to ‘keep reporter numbers where they are today’

Oregonian hopes to ‘keep reporter numbers where they are today’

The Specials - Nelson Mandela

Music video by The Special AKA performing Nelson Mandela.

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Former Sun-Times photographer shoots portraits of his peers

Former Sun-Times photographer shoots portraits of his peers

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Why is News Corp splitting in two? - The Economist

Do you read newspapers? (POLL) - The News Reporter

Gawker Media author traffic stats are back - Romenesko

The Big Money: Revealing CEO Salaries - Frying Pan News

The Oregonian: Going the way of all newspapers? - Crosscut

Visalia | What's going on in the executive suite? - Gannett Blog

The Death Of Newspapers: A Third Nail In The Coffin - Forbes

Local TV news facing same basic problem as newspapers - Minn Post

Retirees Take Action to Stop Koch Brothers From Taking Over LA Times - CLF

A Dip into the LA Times Photo Archive: Election Night, 1950 - Newspaper Alum

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Today in Labor History

June 24  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.2013.06.24history-nestor

Birth of Agnes Nestor, president of the Int’l Glove Workers Union and longtime leader of the Chicago Women's Trade Union League. She began work in a glove factory at age 14 - 1880

Seventeen workers are killed as methane explodes in a water tunnel under construction in Sylmar, Calif. - 1971

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Newspaper Circulation for Los Angeles, CA.


Search Type: United States Circulation averages for the six months ended:
State: California
Selection: los angeles (Contains)
Sort By: Title ASC
Results Found: 25

Preliminary figures subject to audit as filed with the Alliance for Audited Media.
* Total Circulation = Total Average Paid Circulation

Publication NameFrequencyCirculation TypeTotal Circulation*Filing Status

Filing Status: N/F - Publisher's Statement not filed by press time
T/S - Under Voluntary Temporary Suspension of Service
BC - Publisher's Statement not ncluded due to AAM Board Censure
W - Withheld from Snapshot pending Publisher's Materials
G - Not included due to extenuating circumstances - Hurricane
OC - Withheld pending completion of six month audit
NA - Not approved for release
Copyright © 3/31/2013 by Alliance for Audited Media. All rights reserved except that permission is hereby granted to reproduce excerpts if following credit line is included:
Source: Alliance for Audited Media
Snapshot Report - 3/31/2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

LA Cowboy: Los Angeles Magazine Declares Walking Tours of Historic Downtown LA Weird and Wonderful Weekend Fun!

LA Cowboy: Los Angeles Magazine Declares Walking Tours of Historic Downtown LA Weird and Wonderful Weekend Fun!

 Brady Westwater on the left with the Blogging Pressman.

News report from 1981 about the Internet and Newspapers

A news report from 1981 about the Internet and receiving an entire newspaper through the phone line.


Paton: ‘Bad CEOs and worse editors’ are trying to ‘kill our future’

Paton: ‘Bad CEOs and worse editors’ are trying to ‘kill our future’

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Malibu Surfside News suspends publication after 37 years - LA Observed

Malibu Surfside News suspends publication after 37 years - LA Observed

Friday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

One Love Gear Clothing Company

Ancient Rome Had Unions - Huffington Post

Don't cry for local newspapers - News-Press Now

Why newsrooms need smart TV apps - Editors Weblog

Newspapers right on your computer screen - Jewish Press

Star publisher to oversee five Florida newspapers - Shelby Star

Newspaper profits will decline by a further 40 percent - Paid Content

More Than 35 Newsroom Staff Laid Off at The Oregonian - Swag Rag

‘Is this the beginning of the end for The Oregonian?’ - The PageMeld Blog

Oregonian is Latest Metro Daily to Cut Frequency - Newspaper Death Watch

What Oregonian reductions mean for competing news orgs, readers? - Poynter