Thursday, October 30, 2014

Today in Media History: Martians attack Earth in Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast

Today in Media History: Martians attack Earth in Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast

NYT added 44,000 digital subscribers in the third quarter

NYT added 44,000 digital subscribers in the third quarter

Today in Labor History

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Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs - 1986

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday Night in the Blogosphere

Rosemary and John Kane, John was a supervisor at the shuttered 
OC production Facility for the Los Angeles Times



Newcity’s best at rocking the boat - Robert Feder

Newspapers on center stage for holidays - The T and D

New York Times kills autos section - Capital New York

Value in the media industry is moving to the edges - Gigaom

LA Times reporter Bob Pool, retiring after 50 years - Los Angeles Times

Former pressman, missionary celebrates 100th birthday - Turlock Journal

Should you feel ashamed for reading the hard copy newspaper? - MinnPost

Here's How The White House Dishes Out Scoops To The Media - Huff Post

The newsonomics of the Sun-Times national/local network play - Nieman Lab

UK newspaper ad revenue returns to growth as digital income surges - The Guardian

Why the newspaper industry is leaving six-month circulation reports behind | Poynter.

Why the newspaper industry is leaving six-month circulation reports behind | Poynter.

Despite the relative volatility of Orange County Register and the relative stability of Los Angeles Times, the circulation numbers actually tell a different story:
LAT's Sunday circulation fell 6.5% to 568,365. It's daily circulation is down to a shockingly low of 370,990.
Meanwhile, The Register saw its Sunday circulation rise 24 percent to 333,661.

Today in Media History: The Internet began with a crash on October 29, 1969

Today in Media History: The Internet began with a crash on October 29, 1969

Tracy Murray, Casey Jacobsen Highlight SSFL Golf Tournament

Seeds for Life, a La Verne-based regional charity that provides food and a variety of services for people in need, has lined up three local basketball legends plus former UCLA basketball coach Jim Harrick for its sixth annual celebrity golf tournament, to be held Monday, Nov. 3, at Glendora Country Club.
Tracy Murray and Casey Jacobsen, two of the greatest high school basketball players ever in Southern California, have agreed to play in the Sowing Seeds for Life tournament and also participate in a panel discussion moderated by Chris Roberts, a Glendora resident and longtime radio voice of UCLA football and basketball.
Mike LeDuc, who coached both Murray and Jacobsen at Glendora High and has won more than 800 games in his long illustrious career, and Harrick, who coached Murray at UCLA, will also participate in the panel discussion. Harrick, who will be making his third appearance at a Sowing Seeds  for Life tournament, coached UCLA to its 11th and last national basketball championship in 1995. John Wooden coached UCLA to the previous 10 national titles. A basketball autographed by Wooden was earlier auctioned off, but many other great items will be available to bid on at the tournament.
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The Sowing Seeds tournament in the past has attracted some of the biggest names in the Southern California sports scene, people such as Dodger legends Bill Russell, Ron Cey and Steve Garvey; TracyMurray03[1]Laker legends Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, James Worth and Bill Sharman; horse racing’s Laffit Pincay and Trevor Denman, Kings Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller, and nationally known sports braodcasters and entertainer Roy Firestone. The list goes on and on.
“This year, we’re taking a different approach,” said Vicki Brown, the founder and CEO of Sowing Seeds for Life. “We’re going after mostly local legends, and we have  landed two of the biggest – Tracy Murray and Casey Jacobsen, plus Coach LeDuc and Jim Harrick.”
They played at Glendora High 10 years apart and both went on to star in college and play in the NBA and abroad. Murray went from Glendora High to UCLA in 1989, where he became No. 5 on the Bruins’ all-time scoring list and was named to the Pac-10 all-conference team twice. Jacobsen went from Glendora High to Stanford in 1999, where he became No. 3 on the Cardinal’s all-time scoring list, was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Pac-10 player.
Murray finished his high school career as the CIF Southern Section’s all-time leading scorer with 3,053 points. That record was broken by Jacobsen, who finished with 3,284 points. It should be noted Murray played only three years of varsity ball due to a hip injury; Jacobsen played four years.
Murray led his Glendora High team to a state championship game, where he scored 64 points in an 89-83 loss to Northern California champion Menlo Atherton High. Murray led the nation with a scoring average of 44.3 points per game as a senior.
After UCLA, Murray played 14 seasons in the NBA. His best was with the Toronto Raptors in 1995-96 when he averaged 16.2 points per game. Murray was with the Lakers one season (2002-03). He is now the radio commentator on UCLA basketball broadcasts, working alongside Roberts.
SSFL Casey Jacobsen
Casey Jacobsen, then with the Phoenix Suns, drives to basket against Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal.
Jacobsen, as a senior at Glendora, was named the state player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports. Also, the Los Angeles Times named Jacobsen the Southern California high school athlete of the year.
After Stanford, Jacobsen played in the NBA for five seasons, including three with the Phoenix Suns, before spending the rest of his playing career in Europe. He is now retired and pursuing a career in broadcasting.
Of participating in the Sowing Seeds tournament, Jacobsen said, “I’m excited and honored to be a part of the Sowing Seeds for Life golf tournament on Nov. 3. There are two things I can guarantee: You will record a better round of golf than I will and you will have a great time contributing to a worthwhile cause.
“I look forward to seeing everybody in Glendora!”
The celebrity sports panel discussion has become a Sowing Seeds for Life tradition.
The first one consisted of Jerry West, James Worthy, Jim Harrick and former Dodger shortstop and manager Bill Russell. Elgin Baylor and Bill Sharman were also at that year’s tournament. That meant Sowing Seeds had attracted four men who made the NBA list of the 50 greatest players ever – West, Baylor, Worthy and Sharman. All are in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Sharman is one of three in as both a player and a coach.
“We’ve had some great lineups in the past,” Brown said. “We had Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Bill Russell and Al Downing here last year signing autographs prior to play. But we’ve never sold out. The hope is that by have local legends participate this year, we’ll draw more local attention.”
The Clark twins, Chris and Chad, who starred with Jacobsen on the Glendora High varsity for four years, will also play the tournament. A number of other celebrities will also play in the tournament or as least attend the post-play festivities, which include a steak and fish dinner, the panel discussion, awards and a live auction. Other celebrities include former UCLA and NFL wide receivers Mike Sherrard and Michael Young, former USC and Buffalo Bills cornerback Chris Hale, Pincay, the Hall of Fame jockey, and former baseball super agent Dennis Gilbert, a Beverly Hill life insurance icon who was one of the finalist to buy the Dodgers two years ago.
Los Angeles Times sports columnist Bill Dwyre, the newspaper’s former sports editor, has moderated the panels in recent years. This year Dwyre, a San Dimas resident, will introduce the tournament honoree, former Times sportswriter Larry Stewart and a member of the Sowing Seeds for Life tournament committee. Radio personality Joe Lyons of  KSPA AM 1510 will serve as the auctioneer of the live auction.
The cost for participating in the tournament and attending the post-play dinner and auction is only $200 per golfer or $750 per foursome. The cost to attend only the dinner, which features a first-rate menu and table service, is $100 per person.
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Tracy Murray and Chris Roberts at work.
Sowing Seeds for Life, sometimes referred to as simply SSFL, is also seeking tournament  sponsorships.
The tournament’s title sponsor since Day One has been the newly renamed Feinberg Family Office Private Wealth Management, which is affiliated with Morgan Stanley in both Southern California and Chicago. The group is headed by Joe Feinberg, Tamara Stein and Dan Shuler.
Feinberg and his sister Janice Feinberg, Pharm D, JD, are co-chairs of the Chicago-based Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, which specializes in social impact.
SSFL’s Vicki Brown said: “We never could have started this golf tournament without Joe Feinberg. With his backing, our annual golf tournament has become our signature fundraiser. The money we raise helps us feed some 6,000 people per month. But we don’t just hand out food and water. Because of the support we get, we offer clothing, a limited amount of medical attention, job counseling and job placement. We couldn’t do all this without support from the communities in our area.”
Brown is also the CEO of DPI Labs, an aerospace manufacturing company located at 1350 Arrow Highway in La Verne. Sowing Seeds for Life hold food pantry giveaways on the first and third Wednesday of every month in the DPI Labs parking lot.
People in need can pick up produce, nonperishable food, frozen meats, bottled water and various beverages. SSFL also provides food items to churches and other charities in the area. At the food pantries at DPI, business students from the University of La Verne offer job counseling and students from the Ontario campus of the West Coast Ultrasound Institute offer free blood pressure tests and screenings for potential blood stoppages.
“We’re looking forward to our most successful celebrity golf tournament yet,” said Brown. “So come out and enjoy a great day of golf and meet and talk with our sports celebrities and get inside stories during our panel discussion, always a highlight. You’ll have a very memorable day and have something to talk about for years to come, all while helping those in need.”
For further information about playing in the tournament, becoming a sponsor, working as a volunteer, making a donation or anything else, please contact Resource Development Director Fran Robertson at 909 362-5777, ext. 232, or at froberston@sowingseedsforlife.org. Or go to www.sowingseedsforlife.org. 

The Hartford Courant is 250 years old today

The Hartford Courant is 250 years old today


Today in Labor History

Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto is strangled to death, his body then strung from an electric pole, on the Big Island of Hawaii by thugs hired by plantation owners.  They were outraged over Goto’s work on behalf of agricultural workers and because he opened a general store that competed with the owners’ own company store - 1889
Wall Street crashes—"Black Tuesday"—throwing the world's economy into a years-long crisis including an unemployment rate in the U.S. that by 1933 hit nearly 25 percent - 1929




The most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States; 
Its from my favorite documentary by PBS - New York. 

This particular part about Wall Street crash of 1929 is from episode 5 of the series with title: Cosmopolis 
there are lots of archive photos, footages and drawings throughout the series and in my opinion it was great work done with finding them. 

series website: 
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/newyork/serie... 

"Archival shoots took place at various historical and cultural institutions, including the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Library of Congress, and focused on the filming of particularly rare or large-scale archival prints, lithographs, maps, and photographs"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Journalists, don’t drink 140 cups of coffee in one day or you’ll die

Journalists, don’t drink 140 cups of coffee in one day or you’ll die

The Jamie Kennedy Experiment - Paperboy Training



USA Today, WSJ, NYT top U.S. newspapers by circulation

USA Today, WSJ, NYT top U.S. newspapers by circulation

Sam Rubin responds to being called fat on the air - LA Observed

Sam Rubin responds to being called fat on the air - LA Observed

Today in Labor History


Union organizer and anarchist Luisa Capetillo is born in Ariecibo, Puerto Rico.  She organized tobacco and other agricultural workers in Puerto Rico and later in New York and Florida. In 1916 she led a successful sugar cane strike of more than 40,000 workers on the island.  She demanded that her union endorse voting rights for women.  In 1919, three years before her death, she was arrested for wearing pants in public, the first woman in Puerto Rico to do so.  The charges were dropped – 1879
The Gateway Arch, a 630-foot high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Mo., is completed after two and one-half years. Although it was predicted 13 lives would be lost in construction, not a single Ironworker died - 1965

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

Outside the Orange County Facility



U.S. Newspapers Make $40 Billion Less From Ads Today Than in 2000 - Ad Week


Domino's Costume and pizza party fundraiser


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Los Angeles Times Publisher Austin Beutner regarding Renata Simril

From: Beutner, Austin M
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 10:41 AM
To: AllLosAngelesTimesEmployees
Subject: Renata Simril

Colleagues –
Please join me in welcoming Renata Simril to the Los Angeles Times where she will be a Senior Vice President and serve as my Chief of Staff. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sector and along the way has built a well-earned reputation for integrity, a tireless work ethic and getting things done. I am counting on her to help me and all of us get more things done here at the LA Times.

Ms. Simril brings to the Los Angeles Times over 20 years of leadership, management, land use policy, real estate development and civic engagement experience. She began her career as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army, worked to help rebuild South Los Angeles after the 1992 Civil Unrest, served as Deputy Mayor of Economic Development in the Hahn Administration, expanded rental and affordable housing in Los Angeles as a senior executive at Forest City Development and guided the restoration of the Los Angeles Dodgers brand to its external audiences. Ms. Simril holds Bachelor’s Degree Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. She is a third generation Angelino and resides in the San Fernando Valley with her husband and two young boys.

She will leave her current role with the Dodgers and join us on November 3rd and I hope you will join me in making her feel welcome.

Austin

Los Angeles Times Costa Mesa Building now vacant


The remaining staff (editorial) at the Los Angeles Times Costa Mesa Facility have moved out and into new digs in Fountain Valley today. The building was completed and opened in 1968 to compete with the Orange County Register, the printing presses have been removed and the mailroom gutted, it's unknown if the building will be razed?

If you happen to have any older photographs from the Orange County Plant Alvin Zhu from USC would like to hear from you for a research project, sent messages to alvinzhu AT usc.edu

NOTE: Replace the AT with the @ symbol to contact Mr. Zhu


Beutner hires 'chief of staff' from the Dodgers - LA Observed

Beutner hires 'chief of staff' from the Dodgers - LA Observed

Renata Simril previously worked in City Hall for Mayor James Hahn and then-Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. She will be a senior vice president of the LA Times.

Los Angeles Times California Section new deadlines

Subject: Handling late news on Wednesdays through Fridays

Colleagues:
With the phaseout of LATExtra and the launch of the California section, we are changing how we handle late-breaking non-California news on Wednesdays through Fridays, when Section A closes early.
Such stories will fall into three general categories:
Planned major events: For a presidential address to the nation, for example, or similar significant stories that we know about in advance, we’ll have the option of wrapping California with a section front labeled Times Extra. We can go up two pages or four as needed, subject to Davan’s or Marc’s approval.
Unplanned major events: A natural disaster, big news from a distant war theater and similar significant breaking stories can also be handled with a wrap around California. Generally speaking, we can authorize such a go-up until about 8:30 p.m.
We foresee using the wrap option very rarely.
Other news events: For the vast majority of late stories from the Foreign, National, Biz and Calendar desks that miss the Section A deadline and lack a compelling California angle, we’ll ask you to publish online only and come back in print the next day as needed. We can generally replate Section A until about 6:30, so that is another option.

Please reach out to me or to Davan, Marc and Scott with any questions. Thanks.

Today in Media History: Remembering the “CBS Reports” documentary “Harvest of Shame”

Today in Media History: Remembering the “CBS Reports” documentary “Harvest of Shame”

Today in Labor History

The New York City subway, the first rapid-transit system in America, opens. More than 100 workers died during the 2014.10.27history-survival.bookcoverconstruction of the first 13 miles of tunnels and track – 1904
(Survival of the Fittest: Thanks to unions, construction jobs don’t cost lives the way they used to.  If you’d like to know more about construction unions, especially if you’re considering a career in the trades, read this book.  In clear, easy-to-read language it explains how to be successful in the trades and, directly linked to that success, how to make union construction thrive and prosper.)
Three strikes on works-relief projects in Maryland were underway today, with charges that Depression-era Works Projects Administration jobs were paying only about 28 cents an hour—far less than was possible on direct relief.  Civic officials in Cumberland, where authorities had established a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage, supported the strikers - 1935
The National Negro Labor Council is formed in Cincinnati to unite black workers in the struggle for full economic, political and social equality. The group was to function for five years before disbanding, having forced many AFL and CIO unions to adopt non-discrimination policies - 1951

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
Mayor

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
200 N Spring St, 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
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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.

Austin

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