Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Hanukkah and Happy Thanksgiving

I found a pic of a turkey menorah, assuming its homemade since the dates don't meet again for another 80 yrs or so.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Racial Inequality is nothing new for Black Photo Journalists - What's all the ado about now?

By -Iconic “history making” photojournalist Haywood Galbreath-

For nearly 30 years what you've done to me and the Black Press you’re now saying that the administration of the black president is doing to you! WOW who would think that someone would try to deny news organizations “equal access” to gather their on images WOW! And tell them you can’t do it for yourself you have to take what we give you!

-“Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap”-

For almost 30 years I have been a working photojournalists. I chose early on in my career after working for some white owned news organizations to devote my career to working for the Black Press of America. For nearly 30 years I have fought diligently for the Black Press right to have equal access in covering news events. I have been called everything except a child God that which I profess to be most! I have been blackballed in the industry when it comes to covering major events in news, entertainment and sports and when my name is mentioned the word goes out that he is a troublemaker!

In 1994 because of my advocacy for Black Press of America I pulled off the biggest media coup of the century by becoming the only photojournalist in the world to have daily access to the O.J. Simpson double murder trial the trial of the century. The biggest news media event of the 20th century make no mistake about it! A news media event that changed the face of news coverage and money made off of news coverage in America! A news media event that set the stage for the gathering of images by news organizations that continues to this day. A news media event that turned news coverage of events into entertainment!

When the O.J. Simpson double murder trial ended because of what I had accomplished against all odds even though it was not my main goal. I should have walked away and became the most famous and widely known photojournalists in the United States and world! I should’ve had major endorsement deals from all the companies that make photographic equipment. I should have had several major book deals and I should have for the pass 19 ½ years been lecturing throughout the country and the world about my accomplishment. Instead I was made out to be a troublemaker a big mouth a uppity black guy and I was blackballed by the industry.

It is a well known fact in the journalism / photojournalism industry that if I had been a white photojournalists and accomplished half as much as what I accomplished in the O.J. Simpson double murder trial all the above things mentioned would have come to me. I would have been put on a pedestal for the world to see what a white guy can do reference getting close to black people in a major news event! And my tenacity to stand up and fight for what is right would have been shown to the world as the way a man is supposed to fight for his right to participate equally and would have been made out to be a good thing!

I bring all this up now because the same people who have for almost 30 years have plotted against me, work to destroy what I was trying to build for the Black Press having equal access and opportunity to document our on images so that we do not have to take what the white press gives us and can for ourselves give the American people especially the American African people a more truer picture of what we are and is going on are now complaining that the Obama Administration is limiting and denying them “equal access” to capture images independently for themselves! WOW who would think that someone would try to deny news organizations “equal access” to gather their on images WOW! And tell them you can’t do it for yourself you have to take what we give you!

The same people that are complaining in Washington, DC denied me opportunity to cover for the Black Press the inauguration of a president! Called my organization a joke when I tried to get equal access for the Black Press to cover the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Has spoken to the producers of events to have them deny me another black photographers access to cover events Los Angeles and throughout the country so that they may gather the images of American Africans who are participating in those events to sell back to the Black Press of America as well as throughout the world because black images sale! It is really not about the people’s right to know anymore but about the media’s right to make money lots of money off of the images!

Now these individuals who have fought so hard to deny me and have access denied to the Black Press and black photojournalist to cover events are now complaining that the Black president’s administration is denying them access to capture images of the president and special moments WOW! I knew that at some point because the moral arc of the universe bends toward righteousness and what is right more than wrong. The doers of wrong and the ones who have most benefited by denying other’s opportunity and having opportunities denied to others it would come back on them! They would cry how wrong it was to be denied opportunity and access!

I wrote the other day about the thief! That thief I was speaking of who had robbed me and continues to rob me was and is mainstream media in all forms! I also said what you thought was finished is just beginning! The word of God is not a lie for your going to reap what you have sowed! This is just beginning the moral arc is in my favor and the favor of all the others that mainstream media has wronged in reference to equal opportunity! It’s just beginning!

Related article: Nearly 40 news outlets accuse Obama administration of limiting access

Thanksgiving tale of two different franchises - Sears - Pizza Hut

A Sears franchise owner refuses to open on Thanksgiving despite orders from headquarters: 

"I value my employees enough that I wouldn't have them have to work on a day that's mean to be spent with family."

Full story HERE:

Shameful! Pizza Hut Manager Fired After Refusing to Make His Employees Work on Thanksgiving 

Pizza Hut's response on their Facebook page:

"Update on Elkhart, IN: we feel strongly that the situation involving our independent franchisee and the local store manager could and should have been avoided. We fully respect an employee’s right to not work on a holiday, which is why the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving. As a result, we strongly recommended that the local franchisee reinstate the store manager and they have agreed. We look forward to them welcoming Tony back to the team."

LA Times sells out its front page to a Disney movie - LA Observed

LA Times sells out its front page to a Disney movie - LA Observed

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gannett Blog: I'm about to temporarily cut back on blogging

Gannett Blog: I'm about to temporarily cut back on blogging: The Thanksgiving turkey and I have something in common this week: We're both going under the knife. My outcome, I hope, will be con...

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

Taken at New Horizons Anaheim, California

Millennials Still Want Their Newspapers - NAA

Gannett Foundation exec gifts 2012! - Gannett Blog

Dispelling myths about newspapers - Biz Community

Benghazi story was ‘deficient in several respects’ - Poynter

Obamacare Smears Can’t Hide Three Major Truths - Robert Reich

GCDW to scale printed edition back to four days a week - Daily World

GateHouse Media emerges from prepackaged bankruptcy - Wicked Local

Oregon Newspaper chain will no longer provide health insurance - Romenesko

The latest battleground for cloud marketing wars: Newspapers - Network World

For newspapers, paywalls remain more about print than digital - Talking New Media

Today in Labor History

2013.11.25history-kids-at-workSix young women burn to death and 19 more die when they leap from the fourth-story windows of a blazing factory in Newark, N.J. The floors and stairs were wooden; the only door from which the women could flee was locked - 1910

(Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs of children at backbreaking, often life-threatening work, and the accompanying commentary by author Russell Freedman. Photographer Lewis Hine – who himself died in poverty in 1940 – did as much, and perhaps more, than any social critic in the early part of the 20th century to expose the abuse of children, as young as three and four, by American capitalism.)

The multi-talented Mark Lacter - Bill Boyarsky

"Among the many accomplishments of Mark Lacter, the respected journalist who died last week, was his mastery of a now-essential journalism skill---an ability to move seamlessly from long, deeply reported pieces to punchy blog items. That’s a talent editors value and young journalists find hard to learn.
In her moving and witty tribute to Mark, his wife, Laura Levine, the novelist and comedy writer, talked at his funeral about his many talents, including his ability to write and think fast and creatively."

As Homeless Line Up for Food, Los Angeles Weighs Restrictions

Facing an uproar from homeowners in a county that has one of the worst homeless problems in the nation, two members of the City Council have called for the city to ban the feeding of homeless people in public spaces.

Click here to read the article


Monday, November 25, 2013

USA Today won’t publish handout photos from White House

USA Today won’t publish handout photos from White House

LA Times Kenny Turan Honored with Award

To the staff:

It’s a pleasure to report that Kenny Turan has been honored with the Los Angeles Press Club’s Luminary Award for Career Achievement.

In recognizing Kenny at the 6th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards last night, the Press Club cited “his insightful and influential movie reviews” that readers in L.A. and across the country have come to depend on.

“Turan has made a career of being bold and willing to go against the grain,” the Press Club’s Jane Engle wrote in the program notes. She added that Kenny “especially champions lesser-known, accomplished movies that can get lost amid Hollywood’s blockbuster mania.”

Kenny has been a mainstay of The Times’ cultural coverage since he joined the paper in 1990. Previously, he was a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism.

Please join me in congratulating him on this richly deserved honor.

Davan Maharaj

h/t Brett Levy

Today in Labor History

Some 10,000 New Orleans workers, black and white, participate in a solidarity parade of unions comprising the Central Trades and Labor Assembly. The parade was so successful it was repeated the following two years - 1883
Teachers strike in St. Paul, Minn., the first organized walkout by teachers in the country. The month-long “strike for better schools” involving some 1,100 teachers—and principals—led to a number of reforms in the way schools were administered and operated - 1946
Nearly 1,550 typesetters begin what is to become a victorious 22-month strike against Chicago newspapers - 1947
George Meany becomes president of the American Federation of Labor following the death four days earlier of William Green - 1952

Canadian postal workers, protesting a Post Office decision to offer discounts to businesses but not individuals, announce that for one week they will unilaterally reduce postage costs by about two-thirds.  Declared the Canadian Union of Postal Workers: “(M)embers of the general public, not businesses, can mail letters with 10 cents postage and postal workers will process them without taxing them for insufficient postage" - 1983

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Celebrating the life of Mark Lacter Yesterday


Stars and Stripes on Pentagon chopping block - Politico

Sun-Times, Guild agree on new contract - Robert Feder

Marijuana beat shows the papers are going to pot - The Star

Shaw Media Implements 37.5 Hour Workweek - Romenesko

Restructuring at Printing Industries of America - What They Think

Newspapers must serve readers or become a relic - Independent Online

More changes on The New York Times media desk - Capital New York

Newspapers put together by one person 'skimming online content' - Press Gazette

NY Times has lessons for others making the slow transition to digital - CITE World

Lee Margulies leaving the Los Angeles Times

It's my understanding that Lee Margulies took a buyout after working at the Los Angeles Times for 37 years. His last day is Dec. 27th, 2013. -Brett Levy-

Some Sun-Times photographers could return

Some Sun-Times photographers could return

Friday, November 22, 2013

Maggie Padgett's Personal Page for 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk - Los Angeles, CA

Maggie Padgett's Personal Page for 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk - Los Angeles, CA

Homeboy Industries Presents Fighting Shadows

TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!! Our very own Homeboy graduate Richard Cabral one man show. ALSO Father Gregory Boyle will be in the house for an Q and A after the show! For more information go to

The real bad news from Tribune

By Bill Boyarsky | November 22, 2013 4:03 PM

The announcement that Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, is planning to lay off almost 700 employees and centralize important business operations is bad news not only to the workers but to Times readers.

For readers, advertising is the most important aspect of the centralization. It means that one central advertising department will control relations with advertisers.

Continued reading by clicking here

Photos: AARP Films for Grownups Film Festival - Native Intelligence

Photos: AARP Films for Grownups Film Festival - Native Intelligence

Bikers and Believers Typhoon Relief

We come together to do our part for the typhoon victims in the Philippines. Calling all churches, organizations, clubs and businesses. Let's make the difference.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

More needed rain on the way to the San Gabriel Valley

Newspaper carrier finds bomb in teddy bear - Poynter

Digital killing the Tribune Co. dinosaur - Catholic Online

50 years ago today, from The Union newsroom - The Union

Traditional media turns to Instagram to report news - Editors Weblog

Journalists Recall JFK Assassination 50 Years Later - Newspaper Alum

Newspaper Sues City over San Juan Capistrano News Rack Ban - Patch

Greed is at the core of all decisions at the Tribune Company - Kent Sterling

Los Angeles Times coverage of Pres. Kennedy assassination - Los Angeles Times

Paperboy recalls what it was like the day of Kennedy's assassination - Lehigh Valley

Does news have to be dumbed down to be profit making in the digital age? - The Drum

Cincinnati TV station plans paywall on its website

Cincinnati TV station plans paywall on its website

Today in Labor History

Some 20,000 female garment workers are on strike in New York; Judge tells arrested pickets: “You are on strike against God” - 1909
The district president of the American Federation of Labor and two other white men are shot and killed in Bogalusa, La., as they attempt to assist an African-American organizer working to unionize African-American workers at the Great Southern Lumber Co. - 1919

November 21
Six miners striking for better working conditions under the IWW banner are killed and many wounded in the Columbine Massacre at Lafayette, Colo. Out of this struggle Colorado coal miners gained lasting union contracts - 1927
The 1,700-mile Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed, built during World War II on the order of President Roosevelt. Some 11,000 troops, about one-third of them African-Americans, worked on the project, which claimed the lives of an estimated 30 men. Memorials for the veterans are scattered in spots throughout the highway, including the Black Veterans Memorial Bridge, dedicated in 1993. It wasn’t until 1948 that the military was desegregated - 1942
The United Auto Workers Union strikes 92 General Motors plants in 50 cities to back up worker demands for a 30-percent raise. An estimated 200,000 workers are out - 1945
2013.11.18history-verrazano-bridgeStaten Island and Brooklyn are linked by the new Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time and still the longest in the U.S. Joseph Farrell, an apprentice Ironworker on the project, told radio station WNYC: "The way the wind blows over this water it would blow you right off the iron. That was to me and still is the most treacherous part of this business. When the wind grabs you on the open iron, it can be very dangerous." Three workers died over the course of the 5-year project - 1964
The promise of telecommuting arrives when the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network—ARPANET, the beginnings of the global internet—is established when a permanent link is created between the University of California at Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, Calif. - 1969
A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas kills 85 hotel employees and guests and sends 650 injured persons, including 14 firefighters, to the hospital. Most of the deaths and injuries were caused by smoke inhalation - 1980
Flight attendants celebrate the signing into law a smoking ban on all U.S. domestic flights - 19892013.11.18history-wp-rights
Congress approves the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to take effect Jan. 1 of the following year - 1993
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act takes effect in the nation’s workplaces. It prohibits employers from requesting genetic testing or considering someone’s genetic background in hiring, firing or promotions - 2009
(Your Rights in the Workplace, 9th edition: The most substantial "employee rights" reference we’ve found. This book covers concerns of every worker in every state, in plain language and with what-to-do-about-it advice. Unions remain the best protection on the job, but this guide gives solid explanations on the full range of issues and options, and then some. Topics covered include privacy rights, family leave, discrimination and harassment, wages and hours, hiring and firing, safety on the job. Fully indexed, dozens of resources.)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kushner deal for Press-Enterprise goes through - LA Observed

Kushner deal for Press-Enterprise goes through - LA Observed

The Hunger Games Are Real

Even while 1% of the population has taken a majority of the wealth, leaving the rest of the nothing, the Capitol cut food stamps for hungry families and continues to lavish the rich with tax breaks and corporate welfare.

Watch this video, get inspired, and share it all over. Until the odds are in everyone's favor.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rest in Peace Tom Peters

John Fountain and Tom Peters

I regret to inform you of the loss of Los Angeles Times Pressman (retired) Tom Peters, a resident of San Dimas, CA. I have no further information at this time.
Mr. Peters began his career at Times Mirror Square before transferring to the now shuttered Chatsworth Production Facility, where he left with one of the many buyouts.

Wednesday Night in the Blogosphere

Google launches Newsstand on Android - The Verge

YouTube bigger than Twitter for news - Editors Weblog

NYT launches thrice-daily minute-long news videos - Poynter

Destructive Blaze at Vegas Sun Recalled After 50 Years - Firehouse


Times plans to move headquarters; downtown building for sale - Shreveport Times

Journalists are on the move in America – and creating a new vitality - The Guardian

Jim Cooper Muses About App Replacing the Newspapers It Depends on - Roll Call

Bill Adee to head Tribune Digital, as company announces deep cuts - Talking New Media

When A Company Burns The Furniture, Investors Should Short The Stock - Seeking Alpha

Today in Labor History

First use of term “scab,” by Albany Typographical Society - 1816
(The Lexicon of Labor is an invaluable resource for all unionists, from rank-and-file activists to newsletter editors and webmasters to union leaders. It offers readable, informative descriptions of more than 500 key terms, places, people and events in American labor history, from explaining who the Wobblies and Knights of Labor were to reporting on the 1997 Teamster strike at UPS. It includes dozens of new terms and developments and introduces a new generation to the labor lexicon.)
Norman Thomas born, American socialist leader - 1884
The time clock is invented by Willard Bundy, a jeweler in Auburn, N.Y. Bundy’s brother Harlow starts mass producing them a year later - 1888
Mine fire in Telluride, Colo., kills 28 miners, prompts union call for safer work conditions - 19012013.11.18history-farmington
A total of 78 miners are killed in an explosion at the Consolidated Coal Company’s No. 9 mine in Farmington, W. Va. - 1968
The Great Recession hits high gear when the stock market falls to its lowest level since 1997. Adding to the mess: a burst housing bubble and total incompetence and greed—some of it criminal—on the part of the nation’s largest banks and Wall Street investment firms. Officially, the recession lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, but unemployment still hovers around the 7 percent mark today - 2008

VIDEO: Tribune Co. Reorganizes Newspapers, Cuts 700 Jobs

LANG staffers will have a way around the pay wall - LA Observed

LANG staffers will have a way around the pay wall - LA Observed

Derek Simmons leaving the Los Angeles Times


It is with a mix of feelings we announce deputy design director Derek Simmons is departing The Times to return to the Minneapolis Star Tribune as assistant managing editor for visuals.

Derek arrived at the Times six years ago and made an immediate impact. His creativity and attention to detail helped push the design of Business and Sports, especially Sports special sections, to new heights.

He was part of the team that redesigned the paper in 2008, against the grain of over design sweeping the industry. He made contributions to our best news projects, our Oscars coverage, our overall use of illustration, and helped create the Saturday section.

During his time with us, The Times won more design awards from the Society for News Design than any paper over any similar period ever.

To put it simply, he made us better. We are sad he is leaving but proud he is moving on to such a great opportunity. He earned it.

Derek's last day is Dec. 4. Please stop by and wish him well.

Michael and Colin

SOURCE: Brett Levy

Tribune Company Publishing Appointments

From: Tribune Communications
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:11 AM
Subject: Message from Eddy Hartenstein and Tony Hunter/Publishing Appointments 

We are pleased to announce today the promotion of several executives who will lead key company functions for Tribune Publishing. 

As Peter has just said, we are naming leaders of each major revenue function in our company including advertising sales, consumer marketing, and digital media. We will also be focusing our management resources in manufacturing, distribution, finance, human resources, and technology, so that each function can best serve the company, our advertisers, and our readers.

Our strategy is to make Tribune Publishing synonymous with the sharing of employee skills, best practices, product innovation, new revenue activities, and new content initiatives rapidly and seamlessly across the company. Each of these leaders has an established track record of success at our company. 

The following long-time Tribune executives will assume new responsibilities: 

Bob Fleck, currently Senior Vice President, Advertising for Chicago Tribune, will assume the new role of Executive Vice President of Advertising for Tribune Publishing, the company’s senior-most advertising position. All national advertising teams, including T365, Digital, MediaWorks, and Classified Marketplaces will report to Bob. Brad Agens will take on expanded national responsibility for Tribune’s digital advertising, reporting to Bob. Both Bob and Brad will work closely with Mike Tannourji, Executive Vice President of Advertising at Los Angeles Times Media, as well with the advertising teams of each of our publications, which will continue to report to their local publishers. 

Bill Nagel, currently Executive Vice President, Business Services at The Los Angeles Times will be appointed to the new role of Executive Vice President of Marketing for Tribune Publishing, overseeing all consumer marketing and circulation operations, both print and digital, as well as the company’s brand marketing, market research and events management. Joseph Schlitz, currently Senior Vice President of Marketing & Targeted Media for Chicago Tribune will assume the new role of Senior Vice President, Marketing & Targeted Media for Tribune Publishing, reporting to Bill and working closely with the marketing teams of all Tribune Publishing properties. 

Bill Adee, Emily Smith, and Barb Healy, will each take on expanded, companywide responsibilities for key dimensions of our digital strategy and operations. Led by Bill Adee, this new Tribune Publishing organization will be called Tribune Digital. 

Russ Newton, now Senior Vice President/Operations & Home Delivery for Los Angeles Times Media becomes Tribune Publishing’s Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. Bob Thomas, currently Vice President, Distribution Fulfillment, Chicago Tribune will lead companywide Distribution operations as Senior Vice President of Distribution. 

As announced earlier, John Bode, Chief Financial Officer of Tribune Publishing will head up the company’s finance, accounting, and investor relations functions. Gwen Murakami, now Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Los Angeles Times Media, will assume expanded duties as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Tribune Publishing, reporting to John. 

Ghalib Kassam will continue in his role as Executive Vice President, Information Systems and Technology. 

While each new appointment is effective January 1, 2014, our new functional executives will be meeting with many of you across the company in the interim to help plan our work together for 2014 and beyond. 

As already announced, a number of positions will be eliminated around the company in order to allow for reinvestment in future growth. We assure you that each will be handled with respect, dignity, and assistance for the future. 

Please join us in congratulating our new executive team. We look forward to working together to build the Tribune Publishing Company of the future. 

Eddy and Tony

SOURCE: Brett Levy

Star Tribune will take over printing of Pioneer Press

Star Tribune will take over printing of Pioneer Press


Tribune CEO’s memo to employees:
From: Peter Liguori
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:01 PM
Subject: Publishing Transformation
Today, we are announcing an organizational and strategic transformation designed to ensure the long-term vitality of Tribune’s publishing business. Our top priority every day is delivering outstanding journalism to our readers and great value to our advertisers, while running our business to proactively address the secular realities of the publishing industry.
To move forward productively, we must explore innovative ways to more efficiently operate our business. Specifically, we must take better advantage of Tribune’s unique size and reach. To that end, we have decided to unify the non-editorial functions of our publishing businesses.
Aligning the non-editorial areas of our business units by function, rather than by geography, will allow us to better share best-practices, create efficiencies and maintain our local focus. This will enable us, in turn, to continue investing in the lifeblood of our business: best-in-class reporting, effective sales and digital growth.
Going forward, it is especially important that we invest more concertedly in our digital areas so we can get ahead of the quickly evolving, digital needs of our readers. We have appointed Bill Adee to lead a new team of people charged with authoring Tribune Publishing’s digital future. Later today, Eddy Hartenstein and Tony Hunter will announce the appointments of leaders in other key publishing areas such as advertising, marketing, manufacturing and distribution, and human resources.
Our long-time, local publishers and editors will continue leading their publishing businesses and newsrooms. This new structure will afford our publishers, editors and their staffs greater opportunity to focus on what they do best– servicing their local readers, advertisers and communities.
Creating these critical efficiencies and ensuring the long-term strength of our mastheads will, unfortunately, result in the selective reduction of our publishing staff. It is always difficult to part with valued colleagues, particularly those at Tribune who have unwaveringly served our publishing businesses over the years. On behalf of the entire company, I thank them for their dedication, hard work and contributions.
I also want to thank the dozens of people across the company who have worked diligently with Eddy and Tony during the last several months to meticulously design Tribune Publishing’s new operating structure. I am confident that the functionally-driven organization we are announcing today will provide our publishing businesses with the focused leadership, resources and expertise they require to successfully navigate the challenges ahead while continuing to produce the best printed and digital news products in the country.

SOURCE: Jim Romenesko

Hawaii lawmaker sidelines sledgehammer against Homeless - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii lawmaker sidelines sledgehammer - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

Newspapers start cutting out photo desks - Gulf News

Mike Forsythe leaves Bloomberg, as do others - Poynter

Newspaper Stocks Are Hot -- But For How Long? - Nasdaq

Pay wall to go up at LA News Group papers - Kevin Roderick

Women poorly represented in U.K., U.S. bylines - Editors Weblog

Ted Turner: print has a future – if it's combined with audio and video - Romenesko

QA With James O’Shea: Lessons From the Chicago News Cooperative - News Biz

Paid circulation requirement eliminated for newspaper membership in the AAM - TNM

Journalism Rock Stars Seek Greener New-Media Pastures - Newspaper Death Watch

Kathy Thomson Stepping Down as President and COO of Los Angeles Times - The Wrap

Ink & Paper - Last Letterpress and Paper Company in Los Angeles

In 1929, the Los Angeles City Directory listed 42 letterpresses and 17 paper companies in Downtown. Now, there are only 2 left. One is the oldest paper shop in Los Angeles. The other is a printer that uses technology over 600 years old.

The Official GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK 2013 Press Release


LOS ANGELES (Nov. 11, 2013) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks this November 23 for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2013 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”

This year, for the eighth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk ( will center around one of Los Angeles' most famous streets, Sunset Boulevard.

Participants will meet at Echo Park Lake's "Lady of the Lake" statue at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, and proceed to walk approximately 17.8 miles (at a casual, all-day pace) to the ocean, mostly via Sunset Boulevard and the famed Sunset Strip.

The Walk will follow Sunset Blvd. to Whittier Drive (at the edge of Beverly Hills), then Wilshire Boulevard to the ocean. Walkers will pass through a diverse cross-section of the region, starting with the newly rehabilitated Echo Park Lake, flowing into neighborhoods including Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Hollywood. Then comes West Hollywood and the legendary Sunset Strip, followed by Beverly Hills, Westwood, West L.A. and Santa Monica.

The Great Los Angeles Walk will also include a lunch on the Sunset Strip and conclude with an after party in Santa Monica, both at locations to be announced later.

L.A. journalist and blogger Michael Schneider launched the Great Los Angeles Walk in 2006 as a way to celebrate his tenth year in Los Angeles. Inspired by the book “Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles,” by Kevin Roderick (with research by J. Eric Lynxwiler), he decided to walk the street’s entire length.

In 2007, for an encore, he chose another downtown-to-the-ocean route: Pico Boulevard. The 2008 Walk took on Santa Monica Blvd. In 2009, the event kicked off in the historic West Adams district and walked to Venice Beach via Adams and Washington. In 2010, for its fifth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk reprised its original Wilshire journey. In 2011, more than 250 Walk participants marched to the ocean via Hollywood Boulevard. And in 2012, the Walk traveled across Melrose Avenue.

The Great Los Angeles Walk grew from dozens of participants to hundreds, and continues to expand each year as more Angelenos join in to explore their city on foot.

As always, the Walk is completely free. It is up to the participants to decide how much or how little of the walk they want to do. The Great Los Angeles Walk has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, KABC-Channel 7, and In 2012, the LA Weekly recognized The Great Los Angeles Walk in its "Best of L.A." issue.

Today in Labor History

Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, executed in Utah on what many believe was a framed charge of murder. Before he died he declared: “Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize.” - 1915
The nation’s first automatic toll collection machine is used at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway - 1954
The National Writers Union is founded, representing freelance and contract writers and others in the trade. In 1992 it was to merge into and become a local of the United Auto Workers - 1981
Joe Hill, labor leader and song writer, executed in Utah on what many believe was a framed charge of murder. Before he died he declared: “Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize.” - 1915 ~De

Joe Hill, born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund in Gävle, Sweden, and also known as Joseph Hillström (October 7, 1879[1] – November 19, 1915) was a Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, also known as the "Wobblies").[2] A native Swedish speaker, he learned English during the early 1900s, while working various jobs from New York to San Francisco.[3] Hill, as an immigrant worker frequently facing unemployment and underemployment, became a popular song writer and cartoonist for the radical union. His most famous songs include "The Preacher and the Slave", "The Tramp", "There is Power in a Union", "The Rebel Girl", and "Casey Jones—the Union Scab", which generally express the harsh but combative life of itinerant workers, and the apparent necessity of organizing to improve conditions for working people.
He joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) or Wobblies around 1910, when working on the docks in San Pedro, California. In late 1910 he wrote a letter to the IWW newspaper Industrial Worker, identifying himself as a member of the IWW local chapter in Portland, Oregon.

He rose in the IWW organization and traveled widely, organizing workers under the IWW banner, writing political songs and satirical poems, and making speeches. He shortened his pseudonym to 'Joe Hill' as the pen-name under which his songs, cartoons and other writings appeared.

The San Pedro dockworkers' strike led to Hill's first recorded encounter with the police, who arrested him in June 1913 and held him for 30 days on a charge of vagrancy because, he said later, he was "a little too active to suit the chief of the burg" during the strike. On Jan. 10, 1914, Hill knocked on the door of a Salt Lake City doctor at 11:30 p.m. asking to be treated for a gunshot wound he said was inflicted by an angry husband who had accused Hill of insulting his wife. Earlier that evening, in another part of town, a grocer and his son had been killed. One of the assailants was wounded in the chest by the younger victim before he died. Hill's injury therefore tied him to the incident. The uncertain testimony of two eyewitnesses and the lack of any corroboration of Hill's alibi convinced a local jury of Hill's guilt, even though neither witness was able to identify Hill conclusively and the gun used in the murders was never recovered.

The campaign to exonerate Hill began two months before the trial and continued up to and even beyond his execution by firing squad on Nov. 19, 1915. His supporters included the socially prominent daughter of a former Mormon church president, labor radicals, activists and sympathizers including AFL President Samuel Gompers, the Swedish minister to the United States and even President Woodrow Wilson. The Utah Supreme Court, however, refused to overturn the verdict and the Utah Board of Pardons refused to commute Hill's sentence. The board declared its willingness to hear testimony from the woman's husband in a closed session, but Hill refused to identify his alleged assailant, insisting that to do so would harm the reputation of the lady.

Hill became more famous in death than he had been in life. To Bill Haywood, the former president of the Western Federation of Miners and the best-known leader of the IWW, Hill wrote: "Goodbye Bill: I die like a true rebel. Don't waste any time mourning, organize! It is a hundred miles from here to Wyoming. Could you arrange to have my body hauled to the state line to be buried? I don't want to be found dead in Utah." Apparently he did die like a rebel. A member of the firing squad at his execution claimed that the command to "Fire!" had come from Hill himself.

After a brief service in Salt Lake City, Hill's body was sent to Chicago, where thousands of mourners heard Hill's "Rebel Girl" sung for the first time, listened to hours of speeches and then walked behind his casket to Graceland Cemetery, where the body was cremated and the ashes mailed to IWW locals in every state but Utah as well as to supporters in every inhabited continent on the globe. According to one of Hill's Wobbly-songwriter colleagues, Ralph Chaplin (who wrote the words to "Solidarity Forever," among other songs), all the envelopes were opened on May 1, 1916, and their contents scattered to the winds, in accordance with Hill's last wishes, expressed in a poem written on the eve of his death:
My body? Ah, if I could choose,
I would to ashes it reduce,
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some fading flowers grow.
Perhaps some fading flowers then
Would come to life and bloom again.
This is my last and final will.
Good luck to you.
Joe Hill's song 'The Preacher and the Slave' (tune by J.P. Webster) played by Harry K McClintock with a brief interview by Sam Eskin.

Recorded Feb. 3 1951 in San Pedro California.
Originally released 1972, fro Haywire Mac, (Folkways FD 5272)

Known as ''Pie in the Sky'' and ''Long-Haired Preacher Song'' this was the first of 25 of Joe Hill's songs and poems to appear between 1911 and 1916 in the I.W.W.'s Little Red Songbook (I.W.W. -Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent). Joe Hill popularized the expression ''pie in the sky''.