Tuesday, July 25, 2017

West End Holdings buys AHP

West End Holdings buys AHP: AHP owns and publishes community newspapers, websites and magazines in four states. AHP also operates digital marketing services platform Hometown Digital Solutions, which launched in 2016. AHP is seeking additional local media properties to add to its portfolio.

Today in Labor History

July 25  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Workers stage a general strike—believed to be the nation’s first—in St. Louis, in support of striking railroad workers. The successful strike was ended when some 3,000 federal troops and 5,000 deputized special police killed at least eighteen people in skirmishes around the city - 1877
New York garment workers win closed shop and firing of scabs after 7-month strike – 1890

(No Contract, No Peace: A Legal Guide to Contract Campaigns, Strikes, and Lockouts: This book is a must-have for any union or activist considering aggressive action to combat management’s growing economic war against workers. No Contract, No Peace! references recent union activities and NLRB decisions that have affected the labor relations environment. Schwartz’s familiarity with labor and employment law combines with his activist spirit to provide innovative yet practical tips for mounting and maintaining meaningful campaigns designed to build union and workers’ power.)

Fifteen “living dead women” testify before the Illinois Industrial Commission.  They were “Radium Girls,” women who died prematurely after working at clock and watch factories, where they were told to wet small paintbrushes in their mouths so they could dip them in radium to paint dials.  A Geiger counter passed over graves in a cemetery near Ottawa, Illinois still registers the presence of radium - 1937

The Teamsters and Service Employees unions break from the AFL-CIO during the federation's 50th convention to begin the Change to Win coalition, ultimately comprised of seven unions (4 by 2011: SEIU, Teamsters, UFCW and the UFW). They say they want more emphasis on organizing and less on electoral politics - 2005

New York Times gets controls upgrade

New York Times gets controls upgrade: The upgrade will remove obsolescence issues faced by the Colorliners, increase press functionality, and allow the presses to continue to run for years, according to a release from Goss.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

A few of our many volunteers last week from One West Bank

I have the perfect face for newspapers - KPC News

Local Edition: ‘Newsrooms cannot do this alone’ - Poynter

Megaclustering Is Coming for Your Daily Newspaper - The Street

Guardian Media Group cuts losses by more than a third - The Guardian

Delivery company CIPS acquired by Long Beach newspaper service - OC Register

After father's death, this young girl sold newspapers to support family - Your Story

Dispute puts future of fact-checking site in question - The San Diego Union-Tribune

CEO Nixes Fox News Rumors, Talks Tribune and Big Ambition for Broadcast Biz - Variety

Tribune Media Company to Report Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results - PR News Wire

Texas newspapers no longer employ any staff editorial cartoonists - Austin American-Statesman

Southern California News Group to offer buyouts

Southern California News Group to offer buyouts: The email came from Executive Editor Frank Pine.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Today in Labor History

July 24  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The United Auto Workers and the Teamsters form the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA), later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA's agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in Vietnam. It disbanded after four years following the death of UAW President Walter Reuther - 1968

(All Labor Has Dignity: People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. He fought throughout his life to connect the labor and civil rights movements, envisioning them as twin pillars for social reform.)
The U.S. minimum wage increased to $6.55 per hour today. The original minimum, set in 1938 by the Fair Labor Standards Act, was 25¢ per hour - 2008
U.S. minimum wage rose to $7.25 per hour, up from $6.55 - 2009

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

The now shuttered Los Angeles Times Orange County production facility

Is Print Media on its Way to Becoming Obsolete? - Newsline

Why Gannett Should Take Another Stab at Tronc - The Street

A newspaper in the dock on Press Freedom Day - Editors Weblog

Digital Publishing: Millennials Will Pay For News - Editor and Publisher

Print spiral accelerates as newspapers lose more than $100m - Mumbrella

How an Ontario city is coping without its local newspaper - Globe and Mail

Newsmax Media Wants Delay at FCC for Sinclair's Deal for Tribune - Bloomberg

The Atlantic earns more than 80 percent of its revenue from digital - Washington Post

News organizations are using Nextdoor to connect with readers block-by-block - Poynter

McClatchy results and forecast show more stormy weather ahead for newspapers - Poynter

Friday, July 21, 2017

Staffers at the Orange County Register are about to be faced with downsizing

From: Frank Pine
To All:
This morning, we held editorial staff meetings throughout SCNG to talk about our current editorial planning and to share some details of initiatives we will be implementing in coming weeks.
It’s important to note that we are always seeking new and creative ways to improve our digital newsgathering and to increase our audience. Over the past year, those efforts - your efforts - have resulted in some very impressive achievements and significant gains in digital audience. At the end of June, monthly uniques were up nearly 40 percent from last year, and sessions and page views were up 30 percent. At the same time, our newly formed SCNG social media team is already having an impact, with social sessions up more than 50 percent from last year, and we’re reaching the audience we need, with big gains in local users (up more than 35 percent) and younger users (up nearly 40 percent). These are some of the best numbers in all of Digital First Media, and they are a testament to your hard work and dedication. I cannot thank you all enough.
Nevertheless, the efforts currently underway are particularly noteworthy as they will result in significant changes to the way we operate.
As you all know all too well, our entire industry continues to grapple with declining print revenue trends even as we develop new business models for digital. Consequently, we must continually find ways to operate more efficiently as print revenues continue to decline. This challenge is not unique to us. It’s one that our entire industry faces.
We’re looking closely at what is already working on our sites and with our audience, and we’re also looking at what is clearly not working. We’re also researching current trends and studying what has and has not worked for other media companies. We are developing our future content plans carefully and thoughtfully, based on data and research.
We expect to roll out a restructured newsroom plan over the next couple of months. The plan will include an even more aggressive emphasis on digital, a commitment to data-based decision making and new ways of approaching breaking news, enterprise and beat reporting.
As we reorganize, we will also be seeking ways to reduce expenses in line with revenues. This is critical to ensuring our business remains viable in the years to come.
In the next few weeks, we will be offering a voluntary separation package. We are hopeful there will be enough volunteers for us to avoid layoffs, and that as part of this process, we are also able to reassign staff and hire for positions critical to fulfilling our digital strategy.
It’s too early to say precisely how many people or positions will be affected. The goal will be based on the financial performance of the company as well as our ability to identify other potential savings. We anticipate making a more formal announcement of the voluntary severance package with all of the pertinent details in August. We then expect it will take a few weeks for people to decide whether they want to participate and for us to determine how we will go forward. We hope to complete the process no later than the end of September.
While these are very difficult decisions to make, they are necessary if we are to remain a stable and profitable business, especially in the face of continued declines in revenue. We are undertaking this effort to better position the company for continued growth.
We will continue to provide updates and more information as plans are further developed.
As always, thank you for your continuing commitment to our organization and to our readers. We greatly appreciate all of you and all that you do.
If you have questions, please ask.

An email announcing a buyout plan just went out to all employees at the Southern California News Group (SCNG), the parent company of the Orange County…

Today in Labor History

July 21  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Local militiamen are called out against striking railroad workers in Pittsburgh. The head of the Pennsylvania Railroad advises giving the strikers "a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread." - 1877
Compressed air explosion kills 20 workers constructing railroad tunnel under the Hudson River - 1880
IWW leads a strike at Hodgeman's Blueberry Farm in Grand Junction, Mich. - 1964
Radio station WCFL, owned and operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor, takes to the airwaves with two hours of music. The first and only labor-owned radio station in the country, WCFL was sold in 1979 - 1926
A die-cast operator in Jackson, Mich., is pinned by a hydraulic Unimate robot, dies five days later. Incident is the first documented case in the U.S. of a robot killing a human - 1984

July 20

New York City newsboys, many so poor that they were sleeping in the streets, begin a 2-week strike. Several rallies drew more than 5,000 newsboys, complete with charismatic speeches by strike leader Kid Blink, who was blind in one eye. The boys had to pay publishers up front for the newspapers; they were successful in forcing the publishers to buy back unsold papers - 1899

(Kids at Work: 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.)
Two killed, 67 wounded in Minneapolis truckers' strike—"Bloody Friday" - 1934
Postal unions, Postal Service sign first labor contract in the history of the federal government—the year following an unauthorized strike by 200,000 postal workers - 1971

Post-Gazette using SCS applications

Post-Gazette using SCS applications: The paper will use Layout-8000 for ad dummying and SCS/ClassPag for classified pagination. These SCS applications will interface with the Lineup advertising system (retail and classified) and provide the middleware and the production back-ends to this advertising system, according to a news release from Pennsylvania-based SCS.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

The ebb and flow of food is never ending at the food bank

NPR.org To More Clearly Label Opinion Pieces - NPR

Help! Russian hackers have hijacked my news! - SacBee

Is the News Media an ‘Existential’ Threat? - The New York Times

We have an opening for a staff writer here at Nieman Lab - Nieman Lab

How Facebook Aims To Appease Newspapers - Investors Business Daily

Digital may be the future, but print still looms large in the present - Poynter

Public editors disappear as media distrust grows - Columbia Journalism Review

Event: The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times with Detective Mike Digby - Esotouric

How French media group Nice-Matin built a new digital offer from scratch - Editors Weblog

Operating Heavy Equipment, Does Your Pressroom Meet the Basic Requirements? - E and P

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

LWG works for several papers

LWG works for several papers: For the Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer, the company replaced all worn TTR track curves on two conveyors, each approximately 300 meters long. LWG also supplied 600 meters of factory rebuilt TTR Chain with grippers, eight new reverse sprockets (large-cast sprocket driving the TTR chain) and new gripper closing cam assemblies.

Today in Labor History

July 19  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Women's Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, N.Y.  Delegates adopt a Declaration of Women's Rights and call for women's suffrage - 1848
An amendment to the 1939 Hatch Act, a federal law whose main provision prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity, is amended to also cover state and local employees whose salaries include any federal funds - 1940 

AIM buys Ohio papers

AIM buys Ohio papers: AIM Media Midwest has purchased Civitas Media's Ohio newspapers and other assets in a deal that involves 17 daily newspapers, including Civitas Media’s Ohio flagship, Lima News, according to a news release from Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm that represented Civitas Media in the transaction.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Introducing Los Angeles Times Expeditions

Los Angeles Times has introduced a series of travel packages that include a movie backlot tour with film critic Kenneth Turan, an exploration of World War II-era art theft in Vienna with staff writer Deborah Vankin and a swing through New Orleans Jazz Fest with music journalist Randy Lewis. Los Angeles Times Expeditions, a series of custom small-group tours, are open for booking now with the first trips departing in 2018.

For more information about the tour packages, itineraries and travel dates, visit latexpeditions.com.

WSJ reorganizing editorial

WSJ reorganizing editorial: The reorganization is aimed at making the Journal a mobile-first news operation, according to the paper.

Today in Labor History

July 18  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Brotherhood of Telegraphers begins an unsuccessful 3-week strike against the Western Union Telegraph Co. - 1883
Some 35,000 Chicago stockyard workers strike - 1919
Hospital workers win 113-day union recognition strike in Charleston, S.C. - 1969

Chicago Sun-Times sold

Chicago Sun-Times sold: The group beat out a competing bid from Tronc, the Chicago Tribune’s owner.

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

Azusa Pacific University 

What comes next for newspapers? - Inquirer

Editors, don’t waste time reminiscing on the glory days - Poynter

Chicago publisher rebrands as Law Bulletin Media - Robert Feder

When To Trust A Story That Uses Unnamed Sources - Fivethirtyeight

Maine's largest media company buys storied newspaper - Star Tribune

Newspapers are dead? Some folks are willing to steal to get them - Patch

Many people can’t tell when photos are fake. Can you? - Washington Post

NRA Claims The Washington Post Is Where ‘Journalism Dies’ - Huffpost

Why Newspapers Are Dying and Why Antitrust Can't Save Them - PJ Media

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back - Columbia Journalism Review

Monday, July 17, 2017

Digital Media North America 2017 in October

Digital Media North America 2017 in October: The organizations say it will be an opportunity for North American news media executives to hear and discuss digital revenue strategy from the world’s most advanced media companies. Among the topics are developing sustainable new revenues, freemium and hybrid meter paywalls, branded content and new partnership approaches to compete with Facebook and Google. Among the speakers are David Callaway, CEO, TheStreet and president of the World Editors Forum; Donata Hopfen, publishing director and head of the management board of BILD Group, Axel Springer, Germany; Michael Golden, vice chairman, The New York Times Company, and president of WAN-IFRA; and Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, managing editor for digital at The Washington Post.

Los Angeles Times Retirees Breakfast July 27th

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ING announces conference details

ING announces conference details: The ING 2017 Annual Conference, targeted at operation executives, is scheduled for September 8–10 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago.

Today in Labor History

July 17  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Two ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, Calif., killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work underpinned the trial and conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny - 1944

Time Inc. has partnered with Parse.ly

Time Inc. has partnered with Parse.ly: One of the major perks that Parse.ly allows is the ability for Editors to compare brands on a single platform.

Monday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Bob Pool, Gary Friedman, and Edward

How Well Do You Know Journalism Slang? - Women

Robservations: Rance Crain exits family business - Robert Feder

How can fact-checkers earn readers’ trust — and keep it? - Poynter

Sun Media Group to be Sold to SJ Acquisition - Editor and Publisher

Ad spending on mobile video will reach $18 billion next year - Recode

Longtime Los Angeles Times photojournalist Gary Friedman dies at 62 - LA Times

Facebook is putting ads everywhere in hopes of finding the next News Feed - Recode

How Bloomberg sped up its sites to boost pageviews per visit by 15 percent - DigiDay

Are Publishers Ready to Connect Their News Apps to Self-Driving Cars? - Editor and Publisher

Tenny Tatusian, Times digital editor who laughed her way through cancer, dies at 47 - LA Times

Saturday, July 15, 2017

News Media Alliance pushes Congress

News Media Alliance pushes Congress: “The objective is to permit publishers to have concrete discussions with the two dominant distributors of online news content, Google and Facebook, on business model solutions to secure the long-term availability of local journalism produced by America’s newsrooms,” the Alliance said in a news release dated July 10.

"The Future of Newspapers" - Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos: “I was not seeking to buy a newspaper; I didn’t know anything about the business”

McClatchy works with MyDistrict.net

McClatchy works with MyDistrict.net: MyDistrict.net provides integrated software to streamline circulation logistic operations for newspaper distributors and publishers.

Today in Labor History

July 15  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Some 50,000 lumberjacks strike for 8-hour day - 1917
Ralph Gray, an African-American sharecropper and leader of the Share Croppers Union, is murdered in Camp Hill, Ala. - 1931
A half-million steelworkers begin what is to become a 116-day strike that shutters nearly every steel mill in the country. Management wanted to dump contract language limiting its ability to change the number of workers assigned to a task or to introduce new work rules or machinery that would result in reduced hours or fewer employees - 1959

(There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America: This sympathetic, thoughtful and highly readable history of the American labor movement traces unionism from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1820s to organized labor’s decline in the 1980s and struggle for survival and growth today.)

Slovakian printer orders LITHOMAN press

Slovakian printer orders LITHOMAN press: After investing in two LITHOMAN presses in 2011, the company has ordered the new LTHOMAN to replace an older 16-page press. This is a further step by the printing company towards high-volume commercial printing and to secure its leading market position, according to the release.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Desert Hot Springs California

Publishers are switching affections from Snapchat to Instagram - DigiDay

Online Publishers Try Reducing Ads to Boost Revenue - The Wall Street Journal

Here's Why Newspapers Are Looking to Secure an Antitrust Exemption - The Street

Shareholder files lawsuit to block Tribune Media's sale to Sinclair - Chicago Tribune

Student Journalists Are Our Future—We Should Start Treating Them Like It - The Nation

Muffled by China, Taiwan President Embraces Twitter as Megaphone - The New York Times

Year after failed coup, Turkish newspaper is in the crosshairs of powerful president - LA Times

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pfaffinger Foundation continues to provide confidential financial assistance

Pfaffinger Foundation

From Brett Levy:

Attention Los Angeles Times Community News Employees

One of the unfortunate things about running this Facebook page is knowing that on any given day some of our members are suffering emotionally or economically. I also know that many of you have learned over the past couple days whether or not you have been accepted for a buyout. Leaving the LA Times, either of your own will or forcibly, takes a certain amount of courage, because you are leaving the known and mostly stable world for one of doubt and potential instability.
So with that in mind, I wanted to remind all our members that the vast majority of you are eligible for help should you need it from the Pfaffinger Foundation. I recently talked with the organization's leader, Steve Meier, and I've agreed to share his message with you. (Full disclosure: I'm doing some contract work with the Foundation to help it build a Social Media presence.)
Below is Steve's message:
Pfaffinger Foundation continues to provide confidential financial assistance to eligible Los Angeles Times employees, former employees, retirees, and their spouses.
The Foundation was founded 80 years ago by Frank Pfaffinger, then business manager of The Times. Today, the Foundation assists with such needs as housing expenses (rent and mortgage), COBRA health insurance premiums, utility and medical bills, software training, and even home health care when medically advisable. Grants are of limited duration and address unforeseen financial needs.
Applicants submit a confidential, detailed application and then work with a Pfaffinger case manager, who is a professional social worker. Grants are made weekly. Not all requests can be approved; some are modified or declined.
To determine your eligibility and learn more about the process, call the Foundation at (213) 680-7460 or toll-free at (844) 415-2995. Learn more about Pfaffinger online at http://pfoundation.org
You can reach Steve Meier at:
(213) 680-7467

North Carolina newsrooms reorganize

North Carolina newsrooms reorganize: The Sun Journal of New Bern, The Free Press of Kinston and The Daily News of Jacksonville are involved in the reorganization, with resources from the StarNews in Wilmington as well, the paper said.

Today in Labor History

July 14  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The first national strike started at Baltimore’s Camden Yards Station when workers on the B & O Railroad refused to work after a 10% wage cut.  Eventually involving hundreds of thousands of workers and allies across the U.S., the strike was crushed by federal troops called to action by President Hayes - 1877
Woody Guthrie, writer of "This Land is Your Land" and "Union Maid," born in Okemah, Okla. - 1912
(Woody Guthrie: A Life: Folksinger and political activist Woody Guthrie contributed much to the American labor movement, not the least of which are his classic anthems "Union Maid" and "This Land Is Your Land." This is perhaps his best-ever biography, written by bestselling author Joe Klein (Primary Colors, The Running Mate). It is an easy-to-read, honest description of Guthrie’s life, from a childhood of poverty to a youth spent "bummin’ around" to an adulthood of music and organizing—and a life cut short by incurable disease.)
Italian immigrants and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are convicted in Massachusetts of murder and payroll robbery—unfairly, most historians agree—after a 2-month trial, and are eventually executed. Fifty years after their deaths the state's governor issued a proclamation saying they had been treated unfairly and that "any disgrace should be forever removed from their names." - 1921

Illinois paper goes with Vision Data

Illinois paper goes with Vision Data: The publication group includes the News-Tribune and its AgriNews publications.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Downtown Los Angeles

Editor’s note to our readers - Newsday

Enterprise to launch online subscriptions - Davis Enterprise

Billy Penn’s Chris Krewson: ‘Focus on your readers - Poynter

Our largest newspapers would like an anti-trust exemption - Hot Air

Newspapers Vs Google and Facebook: Will Congress Help? - The Wrap

Publishers are switching affections from Snapchat to Instagram - DigiDay

4 Southern California journalists fell to cancer in recent weeks - OC Register

Chicago Tribune Owner Loses Out on Sun-Times Buy - Printing Impressions

USA Today managing editor for news: ‘Change is like oxygen: We need it to exist.’ - Poynter

Sun-Times owners plan for growth, will move newspaper to Near West Side - Chicago Tribune

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Gatehouse Media settles suit

Gatehouse Media settles suit: According to the law firm Block and Leviton, which filed the case, the company was sending magazines to its subscribers and then cutting the length of their newspaper subscription to cover the cost.

A newspaper in Cuba that's been silent for five years is rolling off the presses again

Messe Dusseldorf at PRINT 2017

Messe Dusseldorf at PRINT 2017: At PRINT booth 2461, visitors will find information on drupa 2020, (June 16–26, 2020, in Dusseldorf, Germany), Pack Print International 2017, 6th International Packaging and Printing Exhibition for Asia (September 20–23, 2017, in Bangkok), printpack alger 2018 (March 11–13, 2018, in Algiers, Algeria), indoprint 2018 (September 19–22, 2018, in Jakarta) and All in Print China 2018, China International Exhibition All About Printing Technology & Equipment (October 24–28, 2018, in Shanghai). Visitor and exhibitor information will be on hand.